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Men's Ice Hockey Ties FPC in Season Opener

By Philip J. LaFond and Jonathan Shingles
Team Members

The men's hockey team started out its season Wednesday night with a 44 tie against Franklin Pierce College.

The 1994 Beavers, despite their small team size and only one week of practice, came out hard hitting against a larger FPC squad.

FPC got on the board first within the first five minutes, off a shot that beat MIT goaltender John Simmons '95. The team did not fold, but instead - on the first power play of the season - Jonathan Shingles '96 tied the score 11 at 6 minutes, 26 seconds, with assists from Tetsu Inada '97, Matt Yurkewych '98, and Steven Schluler '96.

The two teams dug in for a physical contest which remained tied until the second period.

The second biggest play took place when an FPC forward had a breakaway goal attempt denied by senior co-captain Simmons. Shingles, again assisted by Inada and Yurkewych notched his second goal of the game, at 1:11, putting MIT up 21.

It was in the third period that the Beavers appeared to have the game wrapped up. During a man-down situation, Yurkewych stole the puck from the FPC defense and broke down the ice all alone. He then stuffed the puck through the pads of the FPC goaltender at 14:52, putting MIT up 31.

The Beavers' fourth goal was scored off a face off in the offensive zone when Inada passed to Yurkewych, who fired a shot that rang the post before finding the net.

The team's lack of players, and numerous penalties in the fourth period began to show in the final 10 minutes of the game when FPC scored three quick unanswered goals to end the game in a 44 decision, with the game-tying goal coming with 1:13 left to play.

The Engineers came home exhausted but satisfied. Simmons led the Engineers from the goal, where he faced over 30 shots.

Lloyd Johnson G, a veteran defenseman for the team, said, "In four years, I've never seen this team so quick. We may not have the size or the strength, but each player goes out and give 100 percent each time he steps on the ice."

Johnson, as well as other veteran players co-captain Rob Souza '95, and Steve Laromie '95, played strong for the Beavers.

Quinn felt that the team played well and believes that the team will improve throughout the season.