Hockey Loses a Pair of Road GamesBy Matthew Van Horne
After a fast start to the season, beating Daniel Webster and WPI 3-1 and 3-2 respectively, the Engineers had a rough set of two games on the road.
On November 10, the team made the long trip to Lyndonville, Vermont to play the Lyndon State Hornets. MIT came out fast in the first two periods, going into the locker room before the last period ahead 4-2.
However, some overconfidence and a few ill-timed penalties gave the Hornets the break they needed to get back into the game. Lyndon State was able to sneak three goals in during the final period to win the game 5-4.
The disappointing loss motivated the Engineers to come out with a big game against league rival Bryant College on November 16. The game was very even throughout the entire game and the score remained at 0-0 until just three minutes left in regulation. Bryant then got their third short-handed breakaway of the game, and despite making the first save, goalie Matthew P. Van Horne ’02 was not able to stop the rebound that was knocked home by a trailing Bryant player.
The game was not over yet as MIT got a face-off deep in the Bryant end a minute later. The Engineers won the face-off and Brent R. Fisher G was left wide open near the net with the puck. Fisher put a shot past the Bryant goalie to tie the game at one goal each. The score remained at 1-1 as time expired sending the game into a five minute, sudden-death overtime.
Parker E. Larson G won the face off, but had the puck stolen from his stick by a Bryant defender. The defender hit a breaking teammate for their fourth breakaway of the game. This time they found the back of the net, beating Van Horne to his right side.
The Engineers, now 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the league, continue a five game home stand with Coast Guard on Saturday, December 1.