WATERVILLE, Maine -- After Colby College tied the game 49 seconds into the third period, seventh-seeded Wesleyan University scored just 12 seconds later and held on the rest of the way for a 5-4 victory in NESCAC men's hockey quarterfinal play Saturday at Alfond Rink.
Wesleyan took a 4-3 lead into the third period, but Colby needed just 49 seconds to tie the game. The Mules did a nice job keeping the puck in the Wesleyan zone. Jack Burton's shot from the left point was redirected by Michael Rudolf for the score.
After the teams combined for six goals in a span of 21:01 from the start of the second period, neither team was able to manage a score over the final 18:59.
The Mules scored twice in the final 2:12 of the period to go up 2-1. The first goal was similar to the Wesleyan score. Mark Leprine was able to win a battle on the boards and got the puck to Nick O'Connor at the right point. O'Connor's long shot was tipped in by first-year Kienan Scott.
Colby was unbeaten at 6-0-3 this year after taking a lead into the first period. However, Wesleyan answered off a two-on-one with Vincent Lima and Dylan Holze. Lima pushed a nice pass to Holze, who was patient and got Lawrence to the ice before tying the game at 2-2.
Wesleyan refused to give up and scored twice in the final 3:08 of the second period. Cardinal goalie Dawson Sprigings made a point-blank save on Albert with 3:24 to play. In a transition play, Spencer Fox took the puck all the way up the ice with Holze on his right side. Fox dumped the puck to Holze and skated into a defender to allow Holze to get space for the goal.
Sprigings finished with 27 saves, including 12 in the final period. Lawrence stopped 19 shots.
Scoring by Period - WES 1-3-1=5; CLB 2-1-1=4
Scoring - 1, WES James Kline/9 (Luke Babcock/2, Chad Malinowski/15) 3:08
2, CLB Kienan Scott/6 (Mark Leprine/10, Nick O'Connor/4) 17:48
3, CLB J.P. Schuhlen/4 (Scott Fenwick/1, Thomas Stahlhuth/3) 18:54
Penalties - James Kline, WES (Cross-Checking) 8:33; Michael Rudolf, CLB (Cross-Checking) 12:16
Scoring - 4, WES Dylan Holze/8 (Vincent Lima/5, Spencer Fox/5) 5:22
5, CLB Geoff Sullivan/6 (Phil Klitirinos/17, Devin Albert/13) 11:03
6, WES Dylan Holze/9 (Spencer Fox/6) 16:52
7, WES Tyler Wyatt/3 (Spencer Fox/7, Dylan Holze/11) 19:10
Penalties - None
Scoring - 8, CLB Michael Rudolf/10 (Jack Burton/16, Phil Klitirinos/18) 0:49
9, WES Luke Babcock/4 (James Kline/16) 1:01 (GW)
Penalties - None
Wesleyan Goaltending - Dawson Sprigings (60:00, 31 shots, 27 saves, 4 GA)
Colby Goaltending - Sean Lawrence (58:40, 24 shots, 19 saves, 5 GA); Empty Net (1:20, 0 GA)
Win - Dawson Sprigings, WES (8-5-3). Loss - Sean Lawrence, CLB (6-4-1).
Shots On Goal - WES 10-10-4=24; CLB 11-7-13=31
Power Plays - WES 0 of 1; CLB 0 of 1
Penalties - WES 1 (2 min); CLB 1 (2 min)
New Records - Wesleyan 13-8-4, Colby 13-7-4
Referees: Mike Pleau, Tom Cronin Linesmen: Steve Benoit, Josh Vanderhaar