WATERVILLE, Maine -- The 14th-ranked Colby College men's hockey team will host a New England Small College Athletic Conference playoff game for the first time since 2008 after the Mules took a 2-1 win over Connecticut College on Friday night at Alfond Rink.
Colby closes out the regular season Saturday at 3 p.m. at home against Tufts University. The Mules will honor their eight seniors before the game. After Friday's games, Hamilton College leads the league with 24 points, while Colby and Williams College both have 23 points. Trinity is in fourth place with 22 points. A win against Tufts and a Williams victory over Hamilton would secure first place for the Mules. Colby and the Ephs would both have 25 points, but the Mules would win the head-to-head tie-breaker.
The Mules scored two goals in the opening period, but it was the two goalies who stood out on Friday. Colby's Sean Lawrence had 11 of his 23 saves in the opening period, while the Camels' Connor Rodericks finished with 37 saves and had 19 stops in the second period.
Colby's Kevin Doherty (pictured) came up with one of the biggest goals of his career to put the Mules on top. He also drew a penalty on the goal and the Mules converted on the power play for the only two Mule goals of the game.
The Mules had nine seconds left on the power play when Kienan Scott scored on a strange shot from near the right face-off dot. The shot appeared to be saved by Rodericks, but somehow got underneath his body and into the cage. Mark Leprine pushed a pass to Cam MacDonald, who went cross ice to Scott at the face-off dot.
Colby 2, Connecticut College 1
Scoring by Period - CTC 0-0-1=1; CLB 2-0-0=2
Scoring - 1, CLB Kevin Doherty/2 (Jack Burton/14, Colin Reilly/2) 14:49 (PP)
2, CLB Kienan Scott/5 (Cam MacDonald/11, EJ Rauseo/10) 16:40 (GW)
Penalties - Ryan Mowery, CTC (Cross-Checking) 2:32; Dan Driscoll, CTC (Hooking) 14:37
Scoring - None
Penalties - Bench, CTC (Hooking) 9:47; Griffin Fadden, CLB (Hooking) 11:15; Ryan Mowery, CTC (CHECKING) 15:51
Scoring - 3, CTC Jeff Thompson/8 (Chris Jellison/3, Mason Evans/5) 11:38
Penalties - Kevin Doherty, CLB (Tripping) 1:59; Kevin Doherty, CLB (Roughing) 7:47
Connecticut College Goaltending - Connor Rodericks (59:00, 38 shots, 36 saves, 2 GA); Empty Net (1:00, 0 GA)
Colby Goaltending - Sean Lawrence (60:00, 23 shots, 22 saves, 1 GA)
Win - Sean Lawrence, CLB (5-3-1). Loss - Connor Rodericks, CTC (1-6-1).
Shots On Goal - CTC 11-5-7=23; CLB 14-19-5=38
Power Plays - CTC 0 of 3; CLB 1 of 4
Penalties - CTC 4 (8 min); CLB 3 (6 min)
New Records - Colby 12-6-4, Connecticut College 4-16-2