M. Hockey splits weeks games

The Colby men’s ice hockey team split their two games this past weekend, losing a hard-fought battle to Trinity College on Saturday before picking up a huge win over Wesleyan on Sunday. After this weekend’s win, the Mules moved up in the NESCAC rankings to the ever-important eighth spot in the standings. If the boys in the blue and grey want to keep their dreams of a NESCAC Championship alive, they’ll have to fight to hold their current position in the NESCAC, as only the top eight teams duke it out in the playoffs for chance to be called the NESCAC champions.

On Saturday night, before a capacity crowd at the Alfond Rink, Colby Men’s Hockey let one get away. With the defending division III national champion Trinity Bantams coming up the I-95 corridor to take on the Mules, Colby hockey had an opportunity to make a statement win before the season comes to a close. After an impressive defensive performance in the first two periods, Colby found itself taking a 1-0 lead into the locker room before the final frame. After a Trinity goal on a power play in the opening minute of the third period, Colby was able to slip another past the Bantam goalie to go up to 2-1. After that, it was all Trinity, as the pride of Hartford scored three unanswered in an offensive flurry that left the Mules unsure of where it all went wrong in a game that had once seemed so promising for Colby.

One of the Mules’ greatest qualities over the course of the season has been their ability to move on from tough losses. This proved true again on Sunday afternoon, as the hockey team was able to fly past the cardinals of Wesleyan University. After going down by a goal late in the second period, the Mules were able to get the answer they needed with a goal from Michael Rudolf ’18. This jump started the Colby offense going into the final twenty minutes, as Cam Macdonald ’18 punched in one in the first minute of the third period. Jack Burton ’17 put Colby on the scoreboard again in the seventh minute of the third, and the Mules didn’t look back from there, winning the game by a final score of 5-3. To put icing on the cake, Macdonald scored his third goal of the afternoon by getting a shot past the Cardinal goalie’s glove side with under three minutes left to go in the contest. The beanies and baseball caps fluttered down onto the ice from the Waterville faithful as the Mules skated off with a huge victory.

Next weekend, the team hits the road, traveling to the Connecticut shore to take on Connecticut College, before stopping at Tufts for a contest as they drive back to the 207. The team looks to maintain that all-important eighth spot in the NESCAC standings and build momentum before the NESCAC playoffs begin the weekend of February 27.

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