Second Half Starts with Blowout over MIT

Bates men’s hockey destroyed the MIT Engineers in a 7-2 barn burner last Friday, demonstrating that they have the potential to be one of the most dangerous teams on the ice in the second half of the season.

The Bobcats’ offense exploded out of the gates and never let up, as senior forward and alternate captain Sean Thomas led the effort with a hat trick and an assist. Senior captain Chris DeBrase added a tally in the first period while collecting three assists to lead the team. “We came out firing versus MIT,” noted DeBrase, “Our top line was able to score early and quickly which got the momentum on our side. It was nice to see a full 60 minute effort.”

Senior goaltender Matthew Mosca turned in a solid performance in net, totaling 18 saves on 20 shots while receiving the win.

On Saturday, the Bobcats played host to the Lewiston Police Department’s squad in an exhibition match. Bates won the friendly match 7-5 in a surprisingly competitive contest.

“It was really fun to play the cops,” added DeBrase, “It wasn’t physical or anything so it was a nice change of pace. It was also great to get to know some of them after the game.”

The Bates student population can only hope that the goodwill established in the game will translate into leniency for off campus parties in the future.

The Bobcats have a short home stand coming up this weekend with games against St. Joseph’s College on Thursday night and Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday afternoon.

By: Doug Steinberg