Bates Hockey History December 7, 1979

Hockey Club Wins Opener, 6-5

The Bates Hockey Club won its first game 6-5 over MCP last Friday night in an away game. The scoring was well-balanced as each line picked up at least one goal each. Bates opened the scoring midway through the first period with a booming drive by Pat Casey that caromed off the post and in; it was the only Bates tally of the period. The second period started with both teams tied at one goal each, but Ed Butchard scored at the ten minute mark to give Bates the lead. Bates let down a bit, and MCP scored two unanswered goals, but Bob Dailey knocked in a loose puck with 44 seconds left in the period to knot the score. Bates jumped out to another lead only 41 seconds into the third period with Dave Thompson scoring on a perfect feed from Carl Hellings. MCP tied it up ten minutes later, but Bates got goals less than two minutes apart from Greg Peters and Rick Wilson to get the winning margin. MCP scored another goal late in the period, but Bates skated off a man-short situation for the last three minutes to hold for the victory.

Bates is going to rely on returning veteran forwards Carl Hellings, Chris Ridder, Dave Thompson and Ed Butchard this season. The defense will be led by returning players Pat Casey, Steve Dillman and John Sweetland. Bates also has versatile Dave Covill who played both forward and filled in at defense for Pat Casey who was injured late in the first period. The goaltending duties will be held by Dick Brooks and Dave Beneman.

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