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Ice Hockey Keeps Undefeated Streak

By Jason I. Weintraub

The varsity hockey team improved its record to 3-0 with an 8-4 victory over Bates College Saturday afternoon.

The Engineers hope to continue their success tomorrow afternoon, when they host Daniel Webster College.

One can say that the key to the Engineers' three-game winning streak has been defense, if one believes that the best defense is a good offense. The Engineers have outscored their opponents 26-5 over the course of their first three games and show no signs of letting up in the near future.

Eight of the 26 goals, as well as nine assists, come courtesy of sophomore center Matthew G. Yurkewych '98, who has been praised as the best player on team by several of his teammates.

"I am never truly satisfied with my point totals," Yurkewych said. "The shots that I miss seem to weigh heavier on my mind than the shots I put in," he said. So far, however, missing shots has not been his problem.

The scoring against Bates was led off by Captain Jonathan Shingles '96 when he managed to knock one in seven minutes into the first period. Shingles would later put in the game winner in the final minute of the second period. Yurkewych and defenseman Steve J. Schlueter '96 each got a pair of goals, with singletons added by John J. Rae '99 and Tetsu Inada '97.

Schlueter's first goal was the result of a dump in taken all the way from center of the ice early in the third period. The puck managed to find the opening between the Bates goalie's pads.

Goalie John C. Zehren '99 has been fairly impressive in his first three games at MIT. Zehren, who played two years of junior hockey after graduating from high school, is obviously no stranger to the intense competition that MIT's opponents provide.

Playing "is all instinct," Zehren said. "You practice all your moves so that your body memorizes them. Then in a game you just do them, and you don't have to think," he said.