WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's hockey team went into the weekend at 1-9-2 against Williams College and Middlebury College the last three years, but ended Saturday with a 2-0 weekend after a 4-1 win over 13th-ranked Williams at Alfond Rink.
The Mules and Tufts University are tied for first place in the league standings at 2-0. Colby took a 2-1 win against Middlebury on Friday night.
"The guys really played hard, smart and together. I am very happy for the guys," Colby head coach Blaise MacDonald said. "They certainly got what they prepared and worked for. Coach (Chris) Hall and (Mike) Latendresse have done a great job with our special teams and that was a big difference in the weekend. We stayed present and ready to respond."
A few shifts later, Colby tied the game at 2:31 of the period. Nick O'Connor applied hard pressure on a Williams defenseman in the neutral zone and created a turnover. O'Connor chased down the loose puck, gained body position on the defender, and drove the far side of the net to tuck the puck around the pad of Eph goaltender Michael Pinios.
The second period saw sustained pressure from the Mules. A lot of zone time led to a penalty call on Williams and the Mules responded on the ensuing power play. Geoff Sullivan had the puck at the top of the zone and fed the puck to fellow defender Jack Burton, who sent the puck across the Eph penalty kill for a one-timer goal from Devin Albert at 5:30 of the second period.
Just 34 seconds later, first-year JP Schuhlen chipped a puck over Colby's defensive blue line and headed up ice. Michael Rudolf drove the net hard, which created an opening in the high slot for Phil Klitirinos. Schuhlen put the puck right on Klitirinos' stick and he deposited the puck over Pinios' glove.