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Men's hockey beats Bowdoin behind Stahlhuth, Burton

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Mack Burton won his first collegiate game and Colby College stretched is unbeaten streak over Bowdoin College to six games with a 3-2 NESCAC men's hockey victory Saturday  night.
Colby's Thomas Stahlhuth (pictured), who had the game-winning goal and two assists, earned the Peter Schuh Award as most valuable player of the game. 
The Mules improve to 7-7-3 overall and 4-6-2 in the NESCAC, while the Polar Bears drop to 6-10-2 and 3-8-1 in the league. Colby is 5-0-1 against Bowdoin over the past three years, including three straight wins on the road.
"It is always a huge game when we play Bowdoin. We played with great poise and connectivity all night and had our seniors lead the way." Colby head coach Blaise MacDonald said. "It was great to see how well Mack played in net in a big moment. The guys really played well in front of him and believed in him.'
Game Highlights
  • Colby went up 1-0, scoring with 5:07 remaining in the first. Stahlhuth and Justin Grillo traded the puck from post to post, forcing Alex Zafonte to slide back and forth across the crease, with Grillo finally burying a shot from the left side.
  • The Mules quickly added another goal on the power play. Stahlhuth controlled the puck on the right point and centered to Kienan Scott. Scott slipped a pass left to Nick O’Connor on the left who clanked a shot off the crossbar and into the net. O'Connor scored his 35th career goal and has 33 assists for 68 points.
  • Bowdoin broke through with three seconds remaining in the period, quickly converting on the power play. Albert Washco brought the puck up from the back boards on the left side and crossed to Bradley Ingersoll for a one-timer.
  • The best chance for either team in the second came on a Colby power play minutes into the frame as Grillo rang a shot off the post that bounced back across the goal face.
  • Colby converted on another power play with 6:01 remaining in the game. O’Conner received the puck at the left point and centered to Scott who fed Stahlhuth at the right point. Stahlhuth put a shot inside the near post for a 3-1 lead.
  • With a six-on-four advantage, Bowdoin pulled within one with 37 seconds remaining.  

By the Numbers

  • Both teams went 2-for-5 on the power play.
  • Burton made 29 saves
  • Zafonte made 24 stops for the Polar Bears.