Bryant, Springfield Check EngineersBy Thomas Kettler
The men's hockey team lost to Bryant College Wednesday night by a score of 2-1. They also lost at Springfield College Saturday night by a score of 4-2. The losses made the team 5-10-3 overall and 2-3-3 in the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association. The Engineers must now win against Southern Connecticut to make the ECHA playoffs which will be held on Feb. 26 and 27 here at MIT at the Johnson Athletics Center.
In the first period, Lloyd P. M. Johnston G scored the Engineers' only goal early in the game. It came seven minutes into the game on a rebound with an assist to Stephen J. Schleuter '96. In spite of the goal, the first period foreshadowed the rest of the game as Bryant kept the puck effectively in the MIT zone for most of the period and had many more shots on goal.
At the beginning of the second period, the partisan Engineer crowd asked for David H. Spielvogel '95 and Tetsu Inada '97 to be on the ice but their calls fell on deaf ears. Bryant continued to attack but were again stopped by the MIT goalie John Simmons '95.
In the third period, the fortunes of the Engineers stopped. Bryant tied the game with two minutes in the period on a goal by Rollie Woodcock. Five minutes later, Paul Dube scored the winning goal for Bryant. With one minute left, MIT pulled the goalie to get another skater on the ice but the move didn't help as they couldn't score.
In the end, Bryant had many more shots on goal, and MIT had trouble defending its goal. The engineers also had four power play opportunities but failed to convert any of them.
Head coach Joe Quinn commented that it was a "very important game for us. If we won, we would be in the playoffs. Now must win our next two games. At spots, played OK, [but it] wasn't a team effort expected for such an important game."
He continued about the opposing team. "Bryant did what it needed to. It covered extremely tight. [MIT] didn't have sniper goals that come from rebounds. [Bryant] played according to discipline."
The 4-2 score versus Springfield didn't accurately reflect the closeness of the game. Also, the Engineers exceeded their performance against Bryant by having 39 shots on goal to Springfield's 33, but goalie Simmons saved 29 shots to Springfield's 37.
At the end of the first period, the score was 2-1 in Springfield's favor. Nicholas Pearce '94 shot a goal with assists from Daryl Hemingway '94 and Tetsu Inada '97. In the second period, MIT tied the game with a goal from Lloyd Johnston G from Pearce.
Springfield scored the winning goal early in the third period. MIT still an opportunity to come back in the last ten minutes of the game; a five-minute major penalty on Springfield and a two-minute minor penalty on MIT gave the Engineers a total three-minute power play period. However, not only did MIT fail to score, but also allowed Springfield to score got a short-handed goal to put the game out of reach.
As a result, Springfield is fourth, and MIT is fifth. If the Engineers win against SCSU, they will make the ECHA. However, the game shall be difficult to win since SCSU leads the ECHA.