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Men's Ice Hockey Beats Bates For Hard-Fought 6-3 Victory

Indranath Neogy--The Tech
Gregory W. Donaldson '00 pulls the puck away from a Bates College defnder in MIT's 6-3 victory Saturday afternoon in Johnson Athletics Center.

By Hana Ohkawa
staff reporter

The men's hockey team kicked off the second half of the season with a 63 win over Bates College at the Howard Johnson Arena on Saturday.

The victory marked the return to the ice of team captain Tetsu Inada '97, who has been sidelined all season with a broken wrist. Inada was characteristically brilliant, with four goals and an assist, which were scored with the style that has made him a fan favorite.

The Engineers scored in the first minute of the game with a precisely placed shot from Inada to the stick side of Bates' goalie. Bates answered with two goals with the first scored on a power play. However, MIT quickly tied the score with another Inada goal. The Bates goalie tried to pass the puck to a teammate, but Inada intercepted it and easily put it past the rattled netminder.

At the end of the period, MIT had a two-man advantage for a full minute but failed to score. The power play has been problematic for the Engineers this season.

The score remained tied for the entire second period in spite of concerted efforts by both teams. MIT goalie John Zehren '99 made several key saves to keep the Engineers in the game. For one memorable save, Zehren tipped a Bates shot with his stick and caught it in his glove. Later in the period, Bates had a two-on-one breakaway, but Zehren calmly stared down the oncoming players, and they were unable to find an opening.

In the third period, MIT took control, scoring in the opening minute and taking the lead for the rest of the game. MIT goals were scored by Buddy Webb '98, who tipped in a hard shot by Jim Goodman G, and Shahram Tadayyon '98.

The Engineers record is 521. The team's next home game is against Southern Connecticut State University Saturday at 2 p.m. at Howard Johnson Arena.