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Men's Ice Hockey Defrosts to Win Two

By Hana Ohkawa

The men's hockey team was on the offensive this week as they defeated Daniel Webster College on Thursday and Western Connecticut State University on Sunday.

The Engineers put on a scoring clinic for the home crowd at Howard Johnson Arena, racking up 16 goals in the two games.

Daniel Webster drew first blood, scoring a garbage goal in the opening minutes. MIT defenseman Rocky Bryant '00 quickly answered with an unassisted goal shot from the blue line to tie the score 11.

Shortly thereafter, wing John Rae '99 skated behind the goal and found in front linemate Greg Donaldson '00, who flicked a quick wrist shot from a pass from Rae past the goalie to put MIT up 21.

Later in the period, Donaldson assisted forward Brett McKeone '98 in the first of McKeone's two goals for the night, a well placed slap shot in the upper left corner. Leading 31 at the end of the first period, MIT took firm control and never lead by fewer than two goals throughout the rest of the game.

In the second period, Rae again assisted Donaldson in a virtual replay of the previous goal. Donaldson would return the favor, assisting Rae on both of his goals in the second half of the game.

Midway through the second period, moments after ringing the pipe with a slap shot from the point, forward Joe Charlson G put a nice backhanded shot past the goalie. Charlson also assisted McKeone on his second goal at the end of the period. In the end, MIT won the game 94.

The game against Daniel Webster also marked the return to the net of goalie John Zehren '99. Zehren had been out with an injury for the first two months of the season.

Western Connecticut State University is one of the weakest teams on MIT's schedule this season. The Engineers piled up five goals in the first period, an astonishing three of which were scored by Rae.

Rae would score one more goal at the start of the second period before being benched along with Donaldson by Head Coach Tom Keller. Ignoring cries of "We want Chowda [Rae]" from the MIT crowd, Keller wisely saved Rae and Donaldson for games versus tougher opponents. The Engineers decisively won the game 71.

Rae leads the team in points with 22 through seven games. The team takes a record of 421 into Christmas break.