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Mules defeat Bowdoin 5-2 in final match up in HAAC

WATERVILLE, Maine - The Colby College Men's Ice Hockey team scored three unanswered goals in the third period to take the victory over Bowdoin College 5-2.  This marked the last time the two rivals would face off in the Harold Alfond Athletics Center as Colby moves to its new complex next fall.  

In front of a packed crowd in Alfond Rink, the Mules scored first when Kienan Scott (one goal, one assist) rocketed the puck past the goaltender at the 6:17 mark in the first period. Mark Leprine (two assists) and Logan Clarke cycled the puck around the offensive zone for Scott to have the opportunity.  Bowdoin tied the match 1-1 by capitalizing on their second power play of the night.  Thomas Dunleavy knocked the puck past the reach of Colby goaltender Andrew Tucci (16 saves) at 14:54. At the end of the first period the shots favored Colby 8-6.

Starting the second period, the intensity strengthened as both teams committed five penalties each. Colby's power play stayed hot as they scored another goal, this time coming from first year Alex Bourhas (two goals, one assist) at 3:38. Both teams battled for the puck to finish the second period with the Mules in the lead 2-1.

As the final period began, the Polar Bears found themselves short handed. On the penalty kill Bowdoin was able to apply pressure and rifle another goal in off the stick of Graham Rutledge at 3:05. With the score tied 2-2 entering the third period, Colby again found the power play in their favor and scored twice. The first came from Bourhas (photo inset) for his second goal of the night at 3:44, and the second was from J.P. Schulen at 9:59. With the lead, Justin Grillo sealed the game with an empty net goal at 18:33 making the final 5-2.

"We had a lot of guys play really well, with special teams playing excellent again tonight," said the Jack Kelley Head Coach of Men's Hockey Blaise MacDonald.  "This is a special game, and I am  extremely happy for the seniors that have had a good run against Bowdoin here in our building. These are great opportunities and I am glad we took advantage of it tonight." 

The Mules look to continue their success as they take on Southern New Hampshire University Tuesday evening. The puck drops at 8:00pm.