WATERVILLE, Maine -- After giving up a goal just 50 seconds into the game, the 14th-ranked Colby College men's hockey team bounced back in a big way with an 8-3 non-conference victory over Fitchburg State University on Sunday at Alfond Rink.
Fitchburg State took advantage of a Colby turnover near center ice. Tyler Warila stole the puck, skated in, and found Nick DiNicola all alone. DiNicola waited for Colby goalie Andrew Tucci to go down and went around with a backhand.
The Mules took their first lead of the game on some solid defensive work from Nick O'Connor. He had good pressure from behind on a Fitchburg defender and was able to poke the puck away. The loose puck went directly to Scott Fenwick, who was all alone for the score.
Mario Benicky's hustle helped set up Colby's third goal from EJ Rauseo (pictured). Benicky won a puck on the left boards to Rauseo, who went behind the net and scored on a tough angled shot.
Griffin Fadden, playing in his fourth game of the season, caused the turnover that eventually led to his own goal. Fadden stood up a defenseman at the blue line and the loose puck went to Robert Cerepak, who skated in and had his shot saved. However, Fadden skated in behind and one-timed the rebound for a 5-2 margin after two periods.
Colby scored its seventh goal on a delayed penalty call. Benicky got the puck to Dupont, who quickly pushed the puck across the ice to Thomas Stahlhuth for a one-timer near the right face-off dot at 1:18 of the third period.
Fitchburg State closed out the scoring with just 15 seconds to play. Corey Hayashi beat a defender and came in all alone on goalie Mack Burton for the score.
COLBY 8, FITCHBURG STATE 3
Scoring by Period - FIT 1-1-1=3; CLB 2-3-3=8
Scoring - 1, FIT Nick DiNicola/5 (Tyler Warila/13) 0:50
2, CLB Jack Burton/6 (Phil Klitirinos/9, Devin Albert/9) 2:50 (PP)
3, CLB Scott Fenwick/1 (Nick O'Connor/3, Cam MacDonald/7) 12:12
Penalties - James Gordon, FIT (Cross-Checking) 0:57; Connor McPherson, FIT (Boarding) 2:10; Christopher Caldwell, FIT (Tripping) 4:46
Scoring - 4, FIT Cameron Snyder/6 (Tyler Warila/14) 8:33
5, CLB EJ Rauseo/4 (Mario Benicky/1) 8:54
6, CLB Dan Dupont/2 (Cam MacDonald/8) 9:44 (GW)
7, CLB Griffin Fadden/1 (Robert Cerepak/1) 17:15
Penalties - Griffin Fadden, CLB (Tripping) 3:25
Scoring - 8, CLB Phil Klitirinos/6 (Kevin Doherty/4, Jack Burton/11) 0:27
9, CLB Thomas Stahlhuth/2 (Dan Dupont/1, Mario Benicky/2) 1:18
10, CLB Mario Benicky/5 (EJ Rauseo/6, Kevin Doherty/5) 10:25
11, FIT Corey Hayashi/1 (Ricky Kramer/7) 19:45
Penalties - James Gordon, FIT (Cross-Checking) 1:18; Mario Benicky, CLB (Hooking) 17:52; Nick DiNicola, FIT (Hooking) 18:36
Fitchburg State Goaltending - Charles Jakobsson (41:18, 31 shots, 24 saves, 7 GA); Kirby Saari (17:43, 16 shots, 15 saves, 1 GA); Empty Net (0:59, 0 GA)
Colby Goaltending - Andrew Tucci (54:20, 18 shots, 16 saves, 2 GA); Mack Burton (5:40, 1 shots, 0 saves, 1 GA)
Win - Andrew Tucci, CLB (6-3-3). Loss - Charles Jakobsson, FIT (3-4-1).
Shots On Goal - FIT 5-8-6=19; CLB 18-11-18=47
Power Plays - FIT 0 of 2; CLB 1 of 5
Penalties - FIT 5 (10 min); CLB 2 (4 min)