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Colby men's hockey hold off Camels for NESCAC victory

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's hockey team will be the sixth seed in the upcoming NESCAC playoffs for the second year in a row after Friday's 2-1 league win over Connecticut College at Alfond Rink.
 
The Mules are 10-9-4 overall and 7-7-3 in the NESCAC, while the Camels dropped to 6-16-1 and 2-14-1 in the league. Colby won the NESCAC title a year ago as the sixth seed.
 
Game highlights
* After a scoreless opening period, the Mules scored on what started out as a face-off to the right of goalie Connor Rodericks. The puck went to the boards where Kienan Scott was able to win a battle and backhand the puck to Mike Morrissey. The first-year forward went toward the goal and scored on a tough angle at 9:40.
 
* The Mules' Sean Holly (pictured) scored at 1:43 of the third period for a 2-0 lead. Brian Sanzone did most of the work after picking up a puck that went off teammate Billy Overby. Sanzone went hard down the right side and then started toward the center of the ice after crossing the blue line. He made a spinning pass to Holly, who waited patiently for Roderick to commit before putting the puck in the back of the net.
 
* Colby appeared to be heading toward the shutout when the Camels made it interesting with just 27.3 seconds left in the game. Rory Garlasco's shot from the left point was deflected in front right to Matt Creamer, who had a wide open net on the right post.
 
By the numbers
* Tucci made 19 saves and has allowed just two goals in Colby's last two NESCAC games.
 
* Rodericks kept the Camels in the game with 40 saves. He had 13 in the first period, 14 more in the second, and 13 in the third. 
 
* Nick O'Connor was 14-for-20 on face-offs for the Mules. Spencer Hewson won 11 face-offs and lost just five.
 
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