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Men's hockey scores four in third period to pull out NESCAC win

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College first-year Brian Sanzone scored two of his team's four goals in the third period to power the Mules to a 4-1 NESCAC men's hockey win over Hamilton College on Friday at Alfond Rink.
 
The Mules improve to 8-8-3 overall and 5-6-2 in the conference, while the Continentals drop to 8-9-2 and 6-5-2 in the league.
 
Game highlights
* Hamilton had the lone goal of the opening two periods. The Continentals scored on the power play with just 1:03 left in the first period. Hamilton had good puck movement after a face-off and Chad Varney's pass from near the right corner found Rory Gagnon for the goal at the near post.
 
* Paddy Daley (pictured) sparked the Mules on the first goal by hustling to the corner to disrupt a pass from Hamilton goaltender Anthony Tirabassi. The Mules were able to keep the puck in the zone, with Quinn Doyle backhanding a pass back to Mark Leprine at the right point. Leprine's blast deflected off the back wall and went directly to Spencer Hewson near the left post for the score at 6:14.
 
* Hewson had the primary assist on Colby's second goal at 8:58 of the second period. He lifted the puck down the left boards to Sanzone, who made a terrific move on a defenseman and then lifted a shot high on net for the score. Velan Nandhakumaran had the secondary assist.
 
* Justin Grillo had some nice hustle on Colby's third goal at 12:29. He won a puck in the right circle and immediately passed it to Nick O'Connor, who was patient and got Tirabassi down and then went high.
 
* The Mules were actually playing down six-on-three for about 30 seconds after Colby had two penalties and then Hamilton lifted the goalie for another attacker.
 
* Sanzone sealed the game when he picked off a pass near the blue line, raced down the ice, and stuffed home the goal in the empty net with 41 seconds remaining.
 
By the numbers
* Andrew Tucci had 28 saves for the Mules, while Tirabassi stopped 19 shots.
 
* The Continentals had the lone power play goal of the game.
 
Next up
* Colby entertains Amherst College in a NESCAC game at 3 p.m. Saturday.
 
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