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Undefeated Hockey Slams Johnson and Wales with 9-1 Win

By Jason Weintraub
Staff Reporter

The MIT Varsity hockey team chalked up its eighth win of the season with a 91 drubbing of Johnson and Wales College Saturday afternoon.

At the start of the game, the team from Johnson and Wales seemed to be just a shade faster and a touch more aggressive than some of the teams MIT has faced off against so far this year. They were clearly not intimidated by MIT's undefeated record.

However, MIT still cashed in on its first scoring chance, with a goal coming from the stick of defenseman Stephen J. Schlueter '96 in the opening minute of play. After that, things settled down until about ten minutes later, when the Engineers would go on the power play.

Once again MIT was quick to capitalize. From the corner, Tetsu Inada '97 would find freshman John J. Rae '99 to the left of the net, who in turn would find Matthew G. Yurkewych '98 on the opposite side. Matt would put the puck in the open side to give the Engineers a 20 lead. With one more added by Captain Jon Shingles and another by Schlueter, MIT took a 4-0 lead to the locker room at the close of the first period.

In the second period, with Johnson and Wales demoralized, the Engineers decided to run up the score a little. Rae and Yurkewych, who have found each other on more than one occasion this year, worked a pretty two-on-one up the ice and into the goal. Inada, a perennial crowd favorite, went on to put in the game's final four goals himself, showing that he's still got a big game or two left in him, as well.

The hat trick was completed when Inada found himself alone with the puck about twenty feet in front of the net. Instead of flipping the backhander, Tetsu turned himself almost completely around so he could hammer home the big forehand slapshot.

Inada, who has always been known for his quickness and puckhandling, has clearly matured in the last two-and-a-half years. His leadership has obviously brought out the best not only in himself but in his fellow linemates as well.

Of course, the once-again brilliant goaltending of John Zehren '99 also made the victory easy. There hasn't been a team yet that has managed to take the wrecking ball to the brick wall that Zehren has put up in front of the Engineer net.

With the Engineers still undefeated at the season's halfway point, the possibility of going all the way does not seem as outrageous as one might have thought six weeks ago. Everyone knew that this year's team has the most talent varsity's had in years, but no one expected them to totally dominate every single team that they've played. Let's hope the Engineers can keep up the good work throughout the second half of the season.