MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Colby College men's hockey team opened up a 4-0 lead after two periods and then held off a furious Middlebury College rally in the final 20 minutes to earn a 4-3 NESCAC win Friday night.
Devin Albert (pictured) had a spectacular night with assists on all four Colby goals.
Geoff Sullivan scored his third of the season just 33 seconds into the second period off passes from Albert and Burton. Sullivan is second in scoring with three goals and nine assists for 12 points.
Colby scored its fourth goal of the game with just 1:58 left in the second period. The score turned out to be very important. Michael Rudlof, the NESCAC Player of the Week last week, scored from Albert and Klitirinos.
Mitchell Allen's unassisted goal at 11:17 helped the Panthers cut the Mules' lead in half to 4-2. After a tripping call on Colby, Middlebury pulled to within one on Trevor Turnbull's power play score at 15:28.
COLBY 4, MIDDLEBURY 3
Scoring by Period - CLB 1-3-0=4; MID 0-0-3=3
Scoring - 1, CLB Jack Burton/5 (Devin Albert/4, Phil Klitirinos/5) 4:15 (PP)
Penalties - Jimmy McKee, MID (Boarding) 3:50; Travis Stephens, MID (Cross-Checking) 14:34
Scoring - 2, CLB Geoff Sullivan/3 (Devin Albert/5, Jack Burton/9) 0:33
3, CLB Phil Klitirinos/5 (Geoff Sullivan/9, Devin Albert/6) 3:14 (PP)
4, CLB Michael Rudolf/3 (Devin Albert/7, Phil Klitirinos/6) 18:02 (GW)
Penalties - Greg Conrad, MID (Goaltender Interference) 2:57; EJ Rauseo, CLB (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) 5:48; Kamil Tkaczuk, MID (Interference) 10:51; Devin Albert, CLB (Hooking) 18:23
Scoring - 5, MID Brendan Dawson/1 (Trevor Turnbull/4, Kamil Tkaczuk/1) 6:47 (PP)
6, MID Mitchell Allen/4 11:17
7, MID Trevor Turnbull/6 (Kamil Tkaczuk/2, Mitchell Allen/5) 15:28 (PP)
Penalties - Kevin Doherty, CLB (Interference) 6:29; Andrew Neary, MID (Cross-Checking) 6:54; Kienan Scott, CLB (Tripping) 14:38
Colby Goaltending - Sean Lawrence (60:00, 30 shots, 27 saves, 3 GA)
Middlebury Goaltending - Stephen Klein (58:25, 33 shots, 29 saves, 4 GA); Empty Net (1:35, 0 GA)
Win - Sean Lawrence, CLB (2-1-1). Loss - Stephen Klein, MID (0-10-2).
Shots On Goal - CLB 14-15-4=33; MID 13-6-11=30
Power Plays - CLB 2 of 5; MID 2 of 4
Penalties - CLB 4 (8 min); MID 5 (10 min)