Defense, Goaltending Lead MIT Past Clark

Worcester, Mass. Anchored by a strong defense and great goaltending, visiting MIT held host Clark scoreless for the final 35 minutes of the contest and the Engineers collected a 7-3 win over the Cougars in Pilgrim League action on Saturday afternoon at Granger Field.

MIT (2-3, 1-0 Pilgrim) was paced offensively by Ben Hessels (Laytonville, Md.), who registered two goals and two assists, while Mateo Pena Doll (Elk, Calif.) and Dan Piemont (Summit, N.J.) each had a pair of goals as well.

The Engineers opened the game with Hessels' first score on an unassisted tally with 9:59 left in the first period.

Clark (3-5, 0-1 Pilgrim) answered back a little more than three minutes later when Jeffery Wasson (Lake Forest, Ill.) evened the game with a miraculous diving score.

Hessels and Pena Doll teamed up for a score with 5:20 remaining in the period to give the Engineers a 2-1 edge.

The Cougars' Chris Johnson (Amherst, Mass.) notched his eleventh score of the season with an unassisted marker with just 15 second left in the quarter to even the score.

The second period, however, was controlled by MIT as Hessels set up Pena Doll again and Piemont notched a score of his own before Hessels added the Engineers' third goal of the frame with a little more than six minutes left in the half to make the score 5-2.

Johnson gave the Cougars life when he took a feed from Wasson and cut the lead to 5-3 less than a minute later, but that would be all Clark could muster.

MIT held the Cougars scoreless in the second half and put the contest away with single goals by Nick Sisler (Waterbury Center, Vt.) in the third and Piemont in the fourth to wrap up the scoring.

In the end it was the Engineers' defense and stellar goalkeeping from Christopher Rullan (Wexford, Pa.), who turned back 16 Clark shots.

Neither team took advantage of their extra man opportunities, with Clark going 0 for 5 and the Engineers going 0 for 2, including failing to score on a two-minute extra man opportunity in the opening seconds of the third period.

Cougar netminder Kevin Ranta (Beverly, Mass.) made nine saves and had a pair of ground balls for Clark. Johnson led the Scarlet and White with a pair of scores, while Wasson had goal and an assist.

Clark will look to get back in the win column on Wednesday with a trip to UMass-Dartmouth, while MIT hosts UMass-Boston on Tuesday.

2011-04-02



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