After a crisp pass by Pride senior Charlie Murphy up the middle of the ice, Liam Whitman moved the puck behind a pair of MIT defenders and sizzled it to the back of the net to putt Springfield College up 3-2 in the middle of the second.
The Pride got off to a fast start Friday night when seniors Jason Sloat and Dan Chicoine scored a goal each to put the first points on the board 10 minutes into the first period. One thing the Pride’s hockey team has been known for this year as been letting its foot off the gas pedal, and they did it once against Friday night. MIT answered with two quick back-to-back goals in the second period that silenced the Springfield bench.
The Pride needed a spark and they got just that from the dazzling freshman Liam Whitman. After Whitman scored on a breakaway, Springfield kept the one goal lead for the rest of the period.
“We needed a spark,” Whitman said, “The guys are always riding me about finishing on a breakaway and I did just that.”
With 8:13 left in the third period, Whitman decided to add on another goal to the list putting the Pride up 4-2.
However, grit and determination kept MIT afloat. The Engineers answered back with another two quick goals to tie the game up at four. After a couple of timeouts by Springfield Head Coach George Johnson, the Pride seemed to be losing its touch on the game.
In the end, the Pride’s near thirty-year-old James Baker stopped on a dime, turned his wrists, and fired a shot into the back of the net with just two seconds left on the clock. The Pride took the game with a score of 5-4.
Springfield continues to show a struggle in the late area of the game, but if the team can get sparks from their youngsters, the Pride could return to the squad teams once feared.