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Men's Ice Hockey Scalps Chiefs, 5-2

By Thomas Kettler
Staff Reporter

In front of a rambunctious crowd, the men's hockey team defeated the Springfield College Chiefs last Wednesday by a score of 52 in a rough game.

The victory made the Engineers 502 overall while the conference record improved to 301. Jon Shingles '96 highlighted the game with hat tricks while Tetsu Inada '97 and Matt Yurkewych '98 each had three assists.

The first minute foreshadowed the rest of the game when Springfield's Jeff Woolard got two minutes for holding. However, MIT could not convert on the power play. Another power play opportunity seven minutes later also resulted in no scoring for the Engineers.

The third power play resulted in the first Engineer goal with seven minutes left in the period. Shingles got his first on assists by Inada and Yurkewych.

With two minutes left in the period, Inada scored on a rebound with assists by Shingles and Yurkewych to make the score 20 that remained to the end of the period.

Two minutes into the second period, the Chiefs continued their rough play when Sean Fitzgerald received a misconduct penalty. MIT converted the opportunity four minutes later on Yurkewych's goal with an assist by Lloyd Johnston G.

Excellent goalie play by John Simmons '95 and Springfield's Kyle Wallach kept the score 30 at the end of the period.

In the third period, MIT continued to score while the frustration of Springfield surfaced. Five minutes into the period, the Chiefs' Dan Moriarty was ejected on a major misconduct penalty for fighting. However, Springfield's Jamie Dufour scored one minute later shorthanded on a breakaway.

Shingles got his second goal one minute later with assists by Tetsu Inada and Brett McKeone '98. Finally, Shingles made the hat trick with two minutes left on assists by Inada and Yurkewych, while Mike Fusco of Springfield closed out the scoring with 20 seconds left.

After the match, head coach Joe Quinn said, "The team's gotten off to a better start than I expected, and the players' chemistry is really good."

The key for the team will be for the less experienced players to improve as the schedule includes tougher opponents, Quinn added.