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Hockey Alumns Defeat Caltech 5-0 in Eleventh Beaver Cup

By Gene McKenna
team Member

MIT alumni and the California Institute of Technology played in the 11th annual Beaver Cup hockey game in Pasadena, Calif. last Sunday. Led by the magic scoring stick of Brian Fabes '87, who netted a hat trick, the MIT Beavers defeated the Caltech Beavers 50 in three 15-minute periods.

The Beaver Cup tradition started in 1987 when Hajime Sano '82 and Rick Russell '86, then an MIT graduate student, originated the concept as a way to draw the Caltech and MIT communities together in a unique way.

The event has become an annual highlight for the MIT Club of Southern California, MIT's second largest alumni club, as well as the most attended Caltech home game.

Though Caltech has yet to register a victory in the Beaver Cup, there have been many closely played contests.

Last year's Beaver Cup was the closest one yet, as Caltech and MIT played to a 33 tie, despite a five-minute overtime period.

This year's Beaver Cup brought together 14 MIT alumni hockey players for the game.

Scoring in the first period was Brian Fabes '84 from Mike Westphal '90 with 7:57 left in the period.

In the second period, Fabes and Westphal combined again with 13:01 left in the period. At the 4:04 mark, Marshall Jackson '87 scored on passes from Jeff Bates '90 and Henirich Kochling G.

In the third period, Bates scored with assists from Sano and George Dale '87. With just 26 seconds left in the game, Fabes netted the hat trick on a feed from Alec Jessiman '88.

Rounding out the MIT roster was Patrick Foley '83, Joe Minahan '82, Chris Foley '91, Dale Archer '86, and Gene McKenna '92. On the MIT injured reserve was Dennis Clarke '84. In the absence of goalie Peter Gaspirini '88, who missed his first Beaver Cup ever, was Wylie Diercks of the University of Southern California.

Beaver Cup dominated by MIT

Beaver Cup I was played in front of a capacity crowd of 350 at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, with the MIT varsity emerging triumphant, 113.

Caltech then traveled to Cambridge for Beaver Cup II, which was also played in front of a capacity crowd of 1,100 at MIT. MIT was again victorious, 130. The first two Beaver Cup games set attendance records for both rinks.

Starting with Beaver Cup III, the MIT alumni have flown into Pasadena annually from around the country to play the Caltech Beavers.