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Men...s Hockey Demolishes Springfield, Spreads 10 Scores Among 9 Players

By Jeff Lemieux

Nine different Engineers combined for ten goals as MIT (9-2-1) cruised to a 10-2 victory over Springfield College (3-6-0) in NorthEast Collegiate Hockey Association action on Saturday night at the Johnson Ice Rink.

The diversity in scoring was the most MIT has had in a single game since the last time it had nine different goal scorers and 15 players with points in a 12-3 victory over Coast Guard in 2003.

Amazingly, of the nine different MIT goal scorers, four tallied their first of the season on Saturday night. Christopher M. Bukowski ’09 netted his first of the year, while William G. Near ’10, Ian M. Rousseau ’10 and Joseph M. Fahey ’10 all scored the first goals of their collegiate careers. Impressively, Bukowski and Rousseau also added an assist and Near added two.

At the other end of the experience spectrum, Jeremy B. Gordon G was a veteran Engineer who had a breakout game. The Verona, N.J., native entered the contest with two points on one goal and one assist, but he would more than double his season point total by providing three assists on the night.

MIT scored the first goal of the game just over three minutes into the contest and never looked back. Timothy E. Studley ’07 was the man to break the ice, finishing feeds from Brian A. LaCrosse ’07 and Dustin P. Kendrick ’10. Ryan W. Ballentine ’09 added an unassisted shorthanded goal later in the period for the 2-0 lead.

Following a scoreless first 14 minutes of the second period, the Engineers exploded for a remarkable six goals in under six minutes. Incredibly, Tech’s lead jumped from 2-0 to 8-0 in a span of 5:36.

Michael C. Kozlowski ’08, MIT’s only multiple goal scorer, picked up both of his in the second period, while John J. Bergin G added a tally of his own. Rousseau, Fahey and Bukowski all grabbed their first of the season in the frantic stretch, while Studley, Brad T. Holschuh ’07, Stephen T. Payne ’08, Edward J. Sturm ’08 and goaltender Adam J. Miller ’07 all picked up assists.

The Pride finally got on the scoreboard in the third, as Matt Morneau took a feed from senior Jeff DuBois and found the back of the net to make it 8-1. However, the Engineers responded through Near (from Payne) less than a minute later to restore the eight goal lead.

Springfield would score again at 16:19 as Peter Zielbauer scored shorthanded from a Kyle Hicks assist, but once again MIT had an answer less than 60 seconds later. It was Payne, tallying his second of the season, who finished the scoring.

In addition to his assist, Miller made 21 saves in net to earn his first victory of the season in his first start. He had previously played just 12 minutes in a relief appearance. Springfield’s Rich Krug, despite making 50 saves, took the loss.

The Engineers will return to action today when they host the University of Connecticut at 7:30 p.m.