Men's hockey at 2-0 after beating 13th-ranked Williams, 4-1

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." 

Williams, a winner over Bowdoin on Friday, had the start they wanted in a second straight road game. Colby tried to break the puck out of their own zone, but the puck bounced off the stick of a Mule player to C.J. Shugart. The Williams junior hit a one-timer for the score just 1:22 into the game.

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.

Play went back-and-forth the rest of the opening period. The Mules killed off two penalties and withstood pressure from the Ephs' power play. 

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.

Williams came ready to play in the third, with numerous shifts of heavy pressure. On a neutral zone counter, Thomas Stahlhuth took a pass from Michael Decker and headed up ice where he was tripped by a Williams player. The power play saw great puck movement both high and low in the zone, with Burton feeding a pass to Albert behind the net. Albert immediately found O'Connor in the low slot, where he redirected the pass into the left corner of the net for his second goal at 17:08. 

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.

Colby first-year goalie Andrew Tucci (pictured) made 25 saves to earn his second win. He allowed just two goals in the two league games.
 
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