WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's hockey team came 25.2 seconds away from staying unbeaten, but seventh-ranked Geneseo tied the game at 3-3 and then won 4-3 in overtime to win the Bowdoin/Colby Face-Off Classic on Sunday at Alfond Rink.
Colby came back from a 2-0 deficit after one period to take a 3-2 lead on an unusual goal by Mario Benicky. With the draw just outside the Geneseo blue line, Colby center Colin Reilly won the face-off by pushing the puck forward. Benicky, knowing that Reilly was trying to push the draw forward, got a good jump and beat a Geneseo defender. With Knight goaltender Devin McDonald coming out hard, Benicky was able to flick the puck over McDonald for a 3-2 lead with 6:29 to play.
The Knights had good puck movement on the tying goal by Condon with 25.2 seconds to play. Stephen Collins had his 12th assist of the year and Romano his fifth on the play. Condon was up top on the 5-and-4 and ripped a shot for the score.
Nick O'Connor scored his fourth of the year to start the Colby comeback at 7:27 of the second period. Cam MacDonald pushed a pass over to Jack Burton at the left point. Burton unloaded on a shot that O'Connor tipped in to make it 2-1.
The Mules had a 42-40 shot advantage in the game. McDonald had 39 saves, while Tucci stopped 36 shots for the Mules.
Scoring by Period - GEN 2-0-1-1=4; CLB 0-1-2-0=3
Scoring - 1, GEN Pat Condon/2 (Stephen Collins/11) 13:47
2, GEN Stephen Collins/5 (Trevor Hills/3, Anthony Marra/5) 16:54
Penalties - Anthony Marra, GEN (Cross-Checking) 4:53; Kevin Doherty, CLB (Tripping) 11:45
Scoring - 3, CLB Nick O'Connor/4 (Jack Burton/4, Cam MacDonald/3) 7:27
Penalties - Mario Benicky, CLB (Checking from Behind) 9:48; Stephen Collins, GEN (Roughing) 11:35; Kai Frankville, CLB (Roughing) 11:35; Brendan Flanagan, GEN (Boarding) 14:25; Matt Lee, GEN (Tripping) 19:08
Scoring - 4, CLB Geoff Sullivan/2 (Kienan Scott/2, Jack Burton/5) 1:20 (PP)
5, CLB Mario Benicky/2 13:31
6, GEN Pat Condon/3 (Stephen Collins/12, Andrew Romano/5) 19:35 (EA)
Penalties - Braxton Bilous, GEN (Cross-Checking) 1:04; Trevor Hills, GEN (Slashing) 4:43; Kienan Scott, CLB (Interference) 6:13; Jack Ceglarski, GEN (Tripping) 18:03; Phil Klitirinos, CLB (Hooking) 18:03
Scoring - 7, GEN Conlon Keenan/9 (Andrew Romano/6) 2:50 (GW)
Penalties - None
Geneseo Goaltending - Devin McDonald (61:18, 42 shots, 39 saves, 3 GA); Empty Net (1:32, 0 GA)
Colby Goaltending - Andrew Tucci (62:50, 40 shots, 36 saves, 4 GA)
Win - Devin McDonald, GEN (5-1-1). Loss - Andrew Tucci, CLB (3-1-0).
Shots On Goal - GEN 10-13-13-4=40; CLB 13-15-14-0=42
Power Plays - GEN 0 of 3; CLB 1 of 5
Penalties - GEN 7 (14 min); CLB 5 (10 min)