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Men's Hockey Wins First 5-3 Against Lyndon State College

By Hana Ohkawa

The men's hockey team picked up its first win on Saturday 53 against Lyndon State College. Strong play from both teams left the outcome uncertain until the final minutes of the game.

Lyndon State scored the first goal of the game, but MIT quickly responded with three consecutive goals. The Engineers seemed to have control of the game, but Lyndon State rallied late in the second period, and at the buzzer, the score was tied, 3-3.

At the start of the third period, with Lyndon State on power play, Greg Donaldson '00 broke the tie with a dramatic unassisted goal. Skating full-speed down the ice, Donaldson outmaneuvered two Lyndon State players and flipped the puck past the opposing goalie.

Trailing 4-3, Lyndon State pulled their goalie with two minutes remaining in the game. As several players fought for the puck at the MIT blue line, it was batted toward the empty Lyndon State net.

Players from both teams broke for the puck, but MIT wing John Rae '99 was the fastest and, diving, escorted the puck safely into the net. Lyndon State's goalie returned, and MIT's defense held out for a 5-3 win.

The Engineers have struggled in their first few games with seven new players and injuries to team captain Tetsu Inada '97 and goaltender John C Zehren '99. With so many new players, MIT has been slow to gel as a team.

However, this year's crop of rookies is impressive, and talent-wise, the Engineers have more depth than in past years. Former head coach Joseph Quinn attended Saturday's game and said he thought that the team "needs more cohesion but has the potential to be better than last year." Last year's team went 15-3-1 and was the regular season New England Collegiate Hockey Association champion.

Head coach Tom Keller decided to make some changes after a disappointing loss last Wednesday to Wheaton College. In a surprising move, he put veteran defenseman Brett McKeone '98 at forward and rookie wing Rocky Bryant '00 on defense.

Keller's decision was vindicated not only by the final score but also by impressive performances by both players in their new positions. McKeone, one of the fastest players on the team, was poised and effective. Bryant played a very solid game with two assists and several key defensive plays.

The Engineers travel to Central Connecticut tomorrow. The team's next home game will be against Daniel Webster College on Dec. 5.