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Hockey Downs Maine

By Esther Jesurum
Team Member

In one of the fastest, most exciting games of the season, the women's hockey team defeated one of its toughest opponents, the University of Maine.

Credit for this enormous victory goes to Kathleen Hayashibara G for outstanding goaltending, including 28 saves. Credit also goes to veteran Susie Wee G who was one goal shy of a double hat trick.

MIT took an early 20 lead thanks to Wee, who scored two goals in one shift in the first period. Wee's linemates Cynara Wu G and Aradhana Narula G were credited with assists on the goals.

Gina Ferrante '98 scored another goal, assisted by Wee, to give Tech a commanding 30 lead. Maine answered MIT with one goal ending the first period with a score of 3-1.

However, not having lost to MIT in over five years, Maine was not about to roll over. In the second period, Maine scored twice to tie the game at 33.

The third period saw a flurry of scoring, right through the closing minutes. Wee scored early on, pushing the puck under the Maine goalie.

Right wing Esther Jesurum G then scored a goal from behind the net, assisted by left wing Dana Ayotte G and center Ferrante.

After that, the teams exchanged one goal for another bringing the score to 76, with MIT barely ahead. With under two minutes remaining, Wu was sent in the penalty box and MIT, leading by only one goal, faced a Maine power play.

Soon after one of Maine's strongest players was penalized for elbowing, in an apparent make-up call. Maine pulled its goalie, but the extra skater did not help. The game ended with a victory for MIT and a long ride home for Maine.

MIT now enjoys a seven game winning streak. It began with a 42 victory over Amherst on Jan. 24 with a hat trick by Wee and a goal by defender Alyssa Parker G. With less than two minutes to go in the third period, an Amherst slapshot hit center, and captain Erika Hanley '95 broke her thumb. She will be out for most of the remaining season, but will return in time to play them again.

Two days after their Amherst victory, the Engineers continued their road trip victories by beating Connecticut College 61, with two goals by Ferrante, two by Wee, one by Parker and one by Ming Chow '97.

The following Saturday, Holy Cross took a 9-1 drubbing at MIT, thanks to a hat trick by Jesurum, and goals by Wu, Narula, Ferrante, Parker, Chow and Cyndi George.

The following day MIT trounced Bates 8-1 with a hat trick by Ferrante, two goals each by Lisa Stifelman G and defender Ana Yook '95, and one by Wu.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, MIT extended their streak by beating UMass Amherst 51. All the victories were characterized by excellent teamwork, and strong shooting and rebounding from everyone.