Posted: Feb 09, 2019
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Colby College men's hockey team handed 10th-ranked Wesleyan University its first NESCAC loss of the season after scoring two goals in the final six minutes to break open a close game Saturday.
The Mules are 9-9-4 overall and 6-7-3 in the league with two NESCAC home games remaining in the regular season. Colby currently stands sixth in the NESCAC standings -- the same spot when the Mules won the league title a year ago.
"The guys played great this weekend against tough competition," said Colby head coach Blaise MacDonald. "Our special teams play was great, especially our penalty kill. It was a full team effort and there was great belief the entire game."
* Colby's Mike Morrissey scored his sixth goal of the season just 3:29 into the game when he one-timed a pass from Spencer Hewson, who had collected the puck behind the Wesleyan goal. Brendan Murphy (pictured) also had an assist on the power play goal.
* The Cardinals (15-5-2, 13-1-2 NESCAC) scored at 11:22 of the second period on a high shot by Walker Harris.
* Just 1:38 after the Wesleyan goal, Hewson scored the game-winning goal at 13:00 from Mark Leprine and Kienan Scott on the power play.
* Nick O'Connor scored his 14th of the season at 14:00 of the third period from Logan Clarke and Sean Holly. O'Connor scored off a breakaway. Clarke, a first-year, has 11 assists.
* Paddy Daley scored a short-handed goal at 17:15 to close out the scoring. He beat a Wesleyan defenseman on the play. Justin Grillo and Leprine recorded assists.
By the numbers
* The Mules were 2-for-5 on the power play and held Wesleyan to no goals on four chances.
* Andrew Tucci stopped 23 shots, including 11 saves in the final period. Tim Sestak made 35 saves for the Cardinals.
* The Mules entertain Connecticut College at 7 p.m. Friday.