Hockey Smashes Springfield 9-0 On Four Goals by Senior Studley

Timothy E. Studley ’07 scored four goals and John J. Bergin G added three assists to help MIT ease past host Springfield College 9-0 on Friday night.

Studley’s four goals was the highest single-game total by an Engineer thus far this season, surpassing Brian A. LaCrosse ’07 and Nicholas R. LaBounty ’09, who had each scored three earlier in the campaign.

The win was the Engineers’ tenth of the season, compared to only three losses — all by a single goal — and one tie. Springfield fell to 3-7-0 following its second straight loss to MIT. The Engineers conquered the Pride, 10-2, last Saturday.

The Cardinal and Gray’s offensive output was relatively spread out, as 11 members of the Institute notched at least one point. Besides Studley and Bergin, other multiple-point performers included LaBounty and freshman William G. Near ’10, who each had a goal and an assist.

It took just over a minute for MIT to tally what would ultimately be the winning goal, as Ryan W. Ballentine ’09 scored on a power play at 18:53.

The score remained 1-0 for the majority of the first period, until Studley exploded for two goals in a 14 second span to extend the lead to 3-0. Studley received assists from Near on the first and Dustin P. Kendrick ’10 on the second to record the fastest back-to-back goals by the Engineers this season.

LaBounty (from Ballentine and Kevin M. Farino ’10) added a fourth with just 20 seconds left in the opening stanza.

The middle frame saw much of the same, as Studley completed his hat trick with help from Bergin at 15:25 to push the lead to 5-0, before defenseman Bradley T. Holschuh ’07 picked up his first goal of the season.

Studley beat Springfield goalie John Jacques for the fourth time early in the third to make it 7-0, again with Bergin providing the decisive pass. A power play tally from Stephen T. Payne ’08 (from Edward J. Sturm ’08) and an unassisted goal from Near finished out the comprehensive score line.

Thomas A. Hopkins ’07 picked up his second shut out of the season in earning the victory, lowering his goals-against-average to 2.18 in the process. Jacques, typically a back-up for the Pride, took the loss.

The Engineers will return to the ice tomorrow when they host Bryant University at 7:00 p.m. in the Johnson Ice Rink.