M. Hockey misses NESAC playoffs

Colby Men’s Hockey entered this past weekend hopeful for a pair of wins and a NESCAC playoff berth.  Unfortunately, the team’s regular season Alfond Rink finale did not end favorably as they dropped games against both Tufts University and Connecticut College.

On Friday, Feb. 20, the Mules hosted the Jumbos of Tufts University in what was a must-win in order for Colby to qualify for postseason play.  After the first period ended in a scoreless tie, Colby went up 1-0 early in the second after Tyler Lingel ’16 took a pass from Dan Dupont ’18 and scored his first goal of the season.  However, Tufts would score three goals in a span of 1:10 to break open a back and forth game.

Tufts scored a transition goal about halfway through the second period to even the game up.  Just 13 seconds later, the Jumbos would score the game-winning goal and go up 2-1.  As Tufts began playing with more and more confidence, they scored another goal to go ahead 3-1 as the second period came to a close.  The Jumbos would score another insurance goal five minutes into the third period.  With the loss, Colby’s playoff hopes were dashed.

The Mules had to rebound quickly as they hosted Connecticut College in their season finale on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Alfond Rink.  The Camels came out of the gates running, with 16 shots in the first period.  Conn scored five minutes into the first period and scored the eventual game-winner just 59 seconds later.  The Camels would take a 3-0 lead with five minutes remaining in the period.

Colby came out for the second period with a new game plan and settled down Conn’s offense.  The second period did not see any goals by either squad.  Midway through the third period, Colby finally made it onto the scoreboard when EJ Rauseo ’17 took freshman Cam MacDonald’s pass and put it home.  However, the Camels put the nail in the coffin when they scored their fourth and final goal of the game with about five minutes left in regulation.

The Mules finished the season with a NESCAC record of 2-13-3, and an overall record of 5-16-3.  Seniors Sam Parker, Jordan Nathan, Nate Morgan, Robert McCormick, and Ray Zeek all played in their final home games for Colby as well.

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