Men's hockey records third straight shutout, beat Tufts

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Colby College goalie Andrew Tucci recorded his third straight shutout and extended his scoreless streak to 189 minutes in the Mules' 2-0 win over Tufts University in NESCAC men's hockey Saturday.
 
The Mules are 4-2-2 overall and are unbeaten in the past six games (4-0-2). Colby had a 2-0 win over Saint Anselm College on Tuesday and then recorded an 8-0 romp at Connecticut College in Friday's game.
 
Game highlights
* Nick O'Connor had a goal and an assist to move into first place in the NESCAC in scoring with seven goals and five assists for 12 points. He is tied for the league lead in goals scored.
 
* The Mules used a nice rush up the ice to score the first goal. Justin Grillo pushed a pass to O'Connor for a one-timer to the upper right corner of the net. Billy Overby also had an assist on the play that started behind Colby's goal.
 
* The Mules killed a Tufts power play to start the second period. Right after Colby returned to even strength, Tufts junior Ross Delabruere put two shots on Tucci from close range that the goalie kept out of the net.

* Colby's Spencer Hewson hit the post as the period continued, while Tufts had a flurry of four shots that Tucci saved with around eight minutes remaining in the period. The Jumbos then killed two Colby power-plays in the latter part of the period to keep it a 1-0 contest heading into the third.
 
* Tucci had three saves in the first four minutes of the third period before Colby scored to increase their advantage to 2-0. Sophomore defenseman Sean Holly (pictured) took a pass wide open in the slot and picked the top right corner of the net with a blistering wrist shot at 4:17 of the third. Logan Clarke and O'Connor had assists. 

By the numbers
* Colby had a big 32-13 edge in face-off victories, led by a nine out of 10 performance by Hewson. Holly blocked four shots in addition to his goal.

* Tucci finished with 25 saves.
 
Next up
* The Mules will play on Monday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. at Saint Anselm College. 
 
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