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Men's Hockey Defeats WPI in Decisive 11-3 Victory

By Hana Ohkawa
staff reporter

The men's ice hockey team resolved any questions about the relative merit of MIT engineers versus Worcester Polytechnic Institute engineers with an 113 Wednesday night. The MIT assault was led by captain Tetsu Inada '97 and the dynamic duo of John Rae '99 and Greg Donaldson '00, all of whom garnered hat tricks.

The scoring in the first period was relatively slow, with goals by Donaldson and Inada putting MIT ahead 21. The Engineers have made a habit of taking a period to warm up, and this game was no exception.

MIT lit up the ice in the second period, scoring four unanswered goals. The swift and agile Engineers took full advantage of their speed against the less velocity-gifted WPI men. In particular, Rae used the WPI players for practice pylons and scored all three of his hat trick goals in the second period.

Rae's first goal was from in front and off a good pass from Buddy Webb '98. Even with Inada in the penalty box for boarding, WPI was unable to stop the MIT onslaught. For his second goal, Rae came down the right side and cut sharply to the left five feet in front of the crease, forcing the WPI goalie to dive to cover the left side of the goal. Rae patiently waited for the goalie's body to clear and then easily put the puck in the net.

MIT scored again minutes later, with a trademark Rae-Donaldson combination. Rae carried the puck out of the right corner of the zone in front of the net, drawing with him the two WPI defensemen to leave Donaldson open in front of the right post. Bang and boom - another MIT goal.

Rae completed his hat trick with a seemingly computer-guided shot from in front of the goal which found the upper right corner of the net. The goal also marked Rae's 100th point at MIT, accrued in less than two seasons.

The Rae and Donaldson show continued into the third period with Rae again supplying the bang and Donaldson the boom. Donaldson completed his hat trick and put MIT up 71. Donaldson picked up the puck and threw it to his Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers sitting in the stands.

Inada finished his hat trick with two goals in the third period. Goals by Ian Duggan '97 and Joe Charlson G brought the final tally to 11. WPI managed to pick up two goals in the third to bring the final score to 113.

The MIT defense was solid throughout, in spite of the absence of defensive leader Jim Goodman G, who was attending a conference. Freshmen defensemen Todd Kamin '00 and Will Noon '00 helped pick up the slack with good heads-up play. Captain Steve Schlueter '97 said, "Will and Todd have played exceptionally well in the last few games. They've shown a lot of improvement since the beginning of the season."

Men iced in Vermont

The Engineers traveled to northern Vermont on Saturday to face Lyndon State College. MIT beat Lyndon State in their last meeting 53 on home ice but were defeated 52 in Vermont. The three-and-a-half-hour drive apparently took its toll on the Engineers. Four of Lyndon State's goals were scored by forward Brian Beers.

The MIT goals were by Charlson and Rae. Goalie John Zehren '99 was strong in the net, making many second and even third rebound saves.

The Engineers' next home game is against Franklin Pierce College on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Johnson Athletics Center.