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Ice Hockey Beats Springfield 7-3

By Hana Ohkawa
staff reporter

The men's ice hockey team earned a satisfying 73 victory over league rival Springfield College Wednesday at the Johnson Athletics Center. Longtime fans may recall the Springfield-MIT clash which was described as "arguably the most dramatic win in MIT hockey history" ["Hockey Continues Win Streak with Tough Springfield Victory," Jan. 31, 1996]. In that memorable match-up, a goal by team captain Tetsu Inada '97 with four seconds remaining in the final period gave MIT a 54 win.

A month later, Springfield extracted a bitter revenge from MIT, as they eliminated the heavily favored Engineers from the league playoffs. In this year's season opener, the two opponents fought to a standstill, to end the game with a frustrating 22 tie.

The stage was set for more drama as the Pride of Springfield College and the Engineers of MIT faced off yet again Wednesday night. Both teams struggled offensively in the first period. The Engineers failed to score in spite of having a two-man advantage for over a minute.

The Pride converted a power play in the final seconds of the period and took a 10 lead into the locker room. A fired up MIT team took the ice at the start of the second period, and the offensive fireworks began.

Joe Charlson G started off the scoring with a goal in the first minute of the period. Offensive powerhouses John Rae '99 and Greg Donaldson '00 each contributed a goal to give MIT a 31 lead.

Wing Jonathan Bennett '98 cemented the lead with two consecutive goals. The first was a breakaway capped with a beautiful shot about 20 feet from the net. For the second, in a good heads-up play, Bennett followed up a shot by Inada, flipping the rebound past the falling Springfield goalie.

Inada started off the third period with a loose puck goal to bring the score to 61. The final MIT goal was scored by Brett McKeone '98. The Springfield game gave MIT a much needed league win. With four games left in league play, the Engineers have an unimpressive 321 league record. MIT has improved greatly since the rocky first half of the season, and a strong finish is within reach.

The Engineers will host Worcester Polytechnic Institute at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.