Men’s Hockey Topped By Bryant in PlayoffsBy Matthew Van Horne
After a very successful 12-4-1 regular season, the MIT Men’s Hockey team finished 2-1 in the NECHA playoffs en route to a second place finish.
The quarterfinals for the playoffs were held last Wednesday at MIT with a game against Bates College. Bates played a tough game and took the lead 2-1 midway through the third period but MIT came back 20 seconds later to tie it up at two apiece. With 13.8 seconds left in the game, MIT put in a rebound to send them to the semifinals against WPI.
Engineers dominate WPI
MIT came out with the championship in mind and took control of the game early and never looked back. The Engineers scored four goals before WPI even got on the board with just over two minutes left in the game. MIT scored an empty net goal to win by a score of 5-1 and advance to the championship game the next afternoon.
Despite the momentum from the big win the morning before and despite facing a physically weary Bryant College squad, MIT still met a very formidable opponent in the championship game.
Both MIT and Bryant had their offensive chances in the first period but it would be a period for defense and the teams went into the locker room tied at zero. However, Bryant came out in the second period and was able to put in two goals before MIT was able to put one past the tough Bryant defense. Bryant scored once more in the third period to win the game 3-1.
This was MIT’s fifth consecutive trip to the NECHA championship and the loss ended their three-year stranglehold on the league title. However, MIT is only losing a few players from this year’s team to graduation and should be poised to make a run to regain the trophy next season.