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MIT Beats Caltech In Beaver Cup Title

By Haj Sano

The Beaver Cup VIII Hockey Game, pitting the Caltech Beavers against the MIT Alumni Beavers, was played March 13 at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center. The annual game is a popular event with both the Caltech community and the MIT Club of Southern California. MIT won the game, 5-2.

The Beaver Cup was conceived in 1987 by then-MIT Captain Rick Russell M.S. '88, and Caltech Assistant Coach Haj Sano '82 as a unique way to bring the MIT and Caltech communities together. The first two Beaver Cup games were held between the Caltech Hockey Club and MIT Varsity Hockey Team. Attendance records were set in both games, with over 350 attending Beaver Cup I in Pasadena, and over 1,000 attending Beaver Cup II at MIT. Since Beaver Cup III in 1989, the format has been changed and the annual challenge match has been held in Pasadena between the Caltech Hockey Club and an MIT Alumni Hockey Team.

This year, the MIT Alumni Beavers traveled from Tucson, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Rochester, N.Y., Albuquerque, N.M., and Sunland, Calif. to play in the Beaver Cup. Representing the MIT Alumni Beavers were: Pete Gasparini '88, Brian Fabes '83 , Heinrich Kchling '84, Tom Dorf '88, Pat Foley '82, Marshall Jackson '87, Rick Russell '86, Corky Penny '87, Dwight Berg '91, Mike Foley '87, Buzzy Dale '86, and Mike Westphal '89.

The first period was fast paced with end-to-end action. Both sides had good scoring opportunities, but goaltenders Gasparini and Caltech's Frank Monzon kept the score low. The MIT Alumni drew first blood as Kchling scored at 3:16 of the first period. Assists went to Jackson and Russell. Caltech came right back, as Daniel Maskit tied the score at 3:53, assisted by Maxim Lyutikov.

The second period saw a slowing in pace by both teams, but Foley put the MIT Alumni ahead at 5:34 of the second period, assisted by Kchling.

Caltech put Senior Ali Alagheband in the net to start the third period. Dwight Berg scored the game winner for MIT at 3:07 of the third period, assisted by Jackson and Foley, on a wrist shot from the left point that eluded Alagheband. Jackson scored at 7:51, assisted by Fabes and Dorf, to bring the score to 4-1, MIT Alumni. Westphal put a nifty backhander past Alagheband to put the game out of reach at 9:37. Maskit closed out the scoring for Caltech, assisted by Jon Hodowany, with his second of the game at 12:14 of the third period and the game ended with a 52 victory for MIT.

Preparations for Beaver Cup IV in Sunny Southern California are already underway.