Grillo, men's hockey battle back to earn overtime tie with Cardinals

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College scored three goals in a span of 4:34 at the opening of the third period to erase a 3-0 deficit and then settle for a 3-3 overtime tie with Wesleyan University in NESCAC men's hockey Sunday at Alfond Rink.

Game highlights
* The Cardinals appeared to be in complete control heading into the third period. However, the Mules finally were able to convert some shots.
 
* Justin Grillo started the comeback for the Mules just 42 seconds into the third period on some nice work behind the net with teammate Michael Rudolf. Grillo came behind the net, turned, and had his shot go to the top corner on the short side. Rudolf and Michael Decker had assists on the play.
 
* Just 30 seconds later, the Mules cut the lead to one goal on JP Schuhlen's goal off a Wesleyan defender. Mark Leprine's (pictured) blast from the point went off to the right of the Cardinal goal. Schuhlen chased down the puck and his centering pass went off the skate of a Cardinal defender for the score. Kienan Scott also had an assist on the play.
 
* Grillo completed the comeback with his second goal in a span of about four minutes. Phil Klitirinos won a puck behind the net and pushed a pass back to Decker for a blast. Grillo, battling on the right side of the goal, scored the equalizer on the loose puck.
 
* The Cardinals scored 4:51 into the opening period when Chad Malinowski's shot from the left point was deflected. The rebound was hit in front of the net by Jordan Rose, where Tyler Kobryn turned and shot for the opening score.
 
* Wesleyan got a break on a bad bounce for the second score with 7:03 left in the first period. The puck off the boards bounced over the stick of goalie Sean Lawrence to Cam McCusker for the second score.
 
* Walker Harris was the beneficiary of a turnover in Colby's own end at 8:42 of the second period to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. A Mule player had his pass go directly to Harris in front of Lawrence.
 
By the numbers
* Lawrence, who had a 3-0 shutout of Trinity College on Saturday night, stopped 30 shots.
 
* Tim Sestak had 21 of his 49 saves in the second period for Wesleyan. He also stopped 15 shots in the third period.
 
* The Mules had a 53-27 face-off advantage, with Rudolf leading the way at 21-for-28. Spencer Hewson won 15 of his 19 draws.
 
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