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ZP’s Victory in Shootout Caps Successful IM Hockey Season

By Todd Stefanik

IM HOCKEY MANAGER

After six months and 338 games, the IM hockey season has come to a close.

This year over 90 teams played hockey in nine different skill divisions, ranging from D- (whose description includes “Can’t skate well”) to A league, where everyone on the ice is likely to be a fast, experienced puck handler. With well over 1,500 unique players on the rosters (about 1,000 of them actually playing), hockey is clearly a very popular activity at MIT.

Team names were as varied as the skill levels of the teams, with some of the more creative including Frozen Solids (Physics Grads), Evil Slide Rulers (Warehouse), Frigid Designators (Linguistics), and Halting Problem (AI Lab/LCS). One team, the Floating Goldfish (Next House) even came to play with their very own mascot on skates: a bright orange, felt goldfish-suited defenseman.

The top end of the A and B leagues looked similar to the previous season, with the Sloan A Team, GSC Tigers, Cold Fusion (Chemistry), and Scuds (Aero-Astro) making playoffs in A league, and Execution Time (AI/Lab for Comp Sci), Zeta Psi, Toxic Waste (Chemistry) and the Ice Pack (HST) rounding out the B league bracket.

The first round held no surprises, with the top seeds dispatching lower seeds as expected (though the Zeta Psi-Toxic Waste game was a squeaker for ZP at 2-1 in B league).

While Sloan (5-0-0) won even their closest game of the regular season 1-0 while playing short handed (only five skaters and a goalie), they forfeited the A league championship game due to a scheduling conflict which arose too late to reschedule. As a result the GSC Tigers (5-1-1) won the A league championship by default.

B league final goes to double OT

The B league championship between Execution Time (6-2-0) and Zeta Psi (4-2-0), on the other hand, was easily the closest game of the IM Hockey season.

Execution Time jumped out to an early lead with three goals in the first period while shutting down Zeta Psi’s offense. Shortly into the second period, Zeta Psi put their first goal on the board to close the gap to two. Execution Time answered that goal, but was unable to contain Zeta Psi’s run over the next period and a half. With Zeta Psi up by a score of 5-4, Execution Time scored again in the final minutes of the third period to tie the game at five. Ties are decided by shootout in IM playoff games since overtime is not scheduled.

Four shooters were chosen from each team to square off against the netminders. Zeta Psi’s Richard M. Hanna G started things off with a score against Execution Time’s Dylan Zeigler, who then closed the door on Zeta Psi’s remaining shooters. Only Bradford Schneider was able to beat Zeta-Psi’s Jeffrey C. Mellen ’03, re-establishing the tie after four shooters.

Hanna scored again during the following one-man shootout, clinching the B league championship 7-6 for Zeta Psi, as Execution Time’s shooter was unable to solve Mellen at the opposite end of the ice.

Hockeyphiles on campus are now adjusting to life with no ice at MIT, and eagerly awaiting next October 15th when a cold floor will once again return to Johnson Athletic center. Until then, rollerblades will have to take the place of the genuine article.

Mark Foltz G and Robert M. Kotredes ’04 contributed to the reporting of the article.