Ice Hockey Aims For Title After 6-1 WinBy Caitlin Murray
The MIT men’s ice hockey team thoroughly trounced the Bridgewater State Bears Wednesday with a final score of 6-1, improving their record to 2-2.
MIT, out in full force for the first time this season, dominated the Bears despite numerous penalties, to which the small but exuberant crowd reacted vehemently, peppering the referees with loud suggestions and accusations.
But the penalties made no difference, as the Engineers dominated from the start. MIT scored the first goal of the blowout just 52 seconds into the first period. They drove the puck down the rink, behind the goal cage, and after a brief scuffle in front of the net, Brian A. LaCrosse ’07 tapped the puck in to take an early lead.
The Bears managed to shut MIT out for the rest of the first period, but were unable to capitalize on MIT penalties, and finished the period still trailing by one.
The Engineers improved on their lead in the second period. Glenn P. Tournier G pushed a goal in after a wraparound, and Timothy E. Studley ’07 knocked one in against the shorthanded (through a penalty) Bears halfway through the period.
It looked like the Bears might show signs of life at the end of the second period, when Brian Connolly shortened the lead to 3-1 with a well-placed shot in the corner.
But the Bears’ comeback was short-lived because of their inability to stay out of the penalty box in the third period. The Engineers capitalized on that to score three power play goals in the third. One was by forward Kyle S. McKenney ’04, and two were by defensemen John J. Bergin ’06 and Richard C. Lean ’06. MIT cruised to a well-earned victory after those goals.
Adam Shabshelowitz ’06, MIT’s star forward and leading scorer, who scored four goals in the previous two games, did not put any points on the board this game but was integral in driving the puck to the net.
The MIT players who did score all did so for the first time this season, marking an impressive improvement within the team.
Head Coach Mark O’Meara, who started coaching for the Engineers in 1998, has led the Engineers to the NorthEast Collegiate Hockey Association Championship finals five of the last six years, winning three titles.
The Engineers hope to break Bryant College’s three year streak by taking the NECHA title this year. Wednesday’s blowout has set them on the right course to accomplishing that goal.