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Men's Hockey Ties Springfield College

By Eric Oliver
Associate Sports Editor

Last Wednesday the men's hockey team battled Springfield College to a 2-2 tie. The game was marked by strong defense and timely goaltending as the Engineers brought their record to 0-2-3.

The first period was completely dominated by defense. The teams played evenly, but neither team could convert on scoring opportunities.

First blood was drawn by MIT midway through the second period. The score started with a 3-on-2 breakaway with Bryan Sanderson '96 skating down the left wing, Steve Laramie '95 coming down the center, and Joe Wall G flanking him on the right wing.

Laramie dished to Sanderson, who powered the puck past the Springfield netminder for a 1-0 lead. Seconds later Springfield returned the favor and the game was knotted at 1-1.

Goaltending took over for the rest of the period. John Simmons '96 made several nice saves, including one in which he came across the crease to save an open-net wrist shot with 35 seconds left in a Springfield power play. MIT at one point had a two man advantage for 1 minute, 16 seconds, but were denied on all shots by the Springfield goal tender.

The deadlock was broken at 16:35 in the period when Springfield scored on a backhanded flip shot coming across the crease. MIT staged a charge at the end of the second period, and seemed to have scored the tying goal when Tetsu Inada G stole a pass and skated in uncontested with a few seconds left.

But Tetsu held on to the puck too long. The buzzer sounded just before he sent a shot between the pads and into the net, and the period ended with a 2-1 Springfield lead.

Springfield came out on fire to start the third period, actually getting off a shot on net seconds after the face off. MIT turned up the defense a notch and kept the puck, for the most part, out of the MIT zone.

Simmons continued his spectacular play, stopping a Springfield flurry which ended by a great kick save in front of a wide open net after a pass across the middle. MIT scored the game's final goal at 12:11 as Stephen Schlueter '96 made a nice block of a Springfield attempt to clear the puck out of their zone.

Schlueter then flipped a pass to Lloyd Johnston G in front of the net, and Johnston knocked the pass down and backhanded a wrist shot over the goalie's right leg pad, to tie the score 2-2.

The intensity level increased after the score, but several interference penalties and kick saves later the game ended with the 2-2 score.