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Men's Hockey Ends Regular Season With Playoffs Ahead

By Hana Ohkawa
staff reporter

The men's hockey team finished its regular season with a 70 win over Wheaton College last Saturday. The victory was sweet revenge for the Engineers, who lost to Wheaton at the start of the season.

Engineer wing John Rae '99 had four goals and two assists to bring his season point total to 51. Goals were also scored by Jim Goodman G and Jonathan Bennett '98.

The team's league record of 532 was good enough for third place in the Atlantic Conference of the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association. The top three teams from the Atlantic and New England Conferences advance to the NECHA playoffs to be played this weekend at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The Engineers' relatively low conference standing makes for a very difficult draw in the playoffs. In the first round, the team will face Johnson and Wales University, the second ranked team in the New England conference. If the Engineers upset the Griffins of Johnson and Wales, their next opponent will be the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State University, the top team in the Atlantic Conference.

Head Coach Tom Keller has been pleased with the Engineers' recent play. "Things have come together since Christmas break. We've been playing well, and will take some momentum into the playoffs."

The first round of the playoffs will be played tonight at WPI.