Men’s Hockey clinches second seed following home wins

Colby Men’s Hockey clinched the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC playoffs, defeating Connecticut College and Tufts at home this past weekend. The Mules ended the season winning six of their last seven games, finishing 13-6-4 overall (11-4-3 NESCAC). This is Colby’s highest playoff seed since they were the No.1 seed in 2008—the Mules have not made the Semifinal round since 2011.

The Mules will play No. 7 seed Wesleyan University (12-8-4 overall, 7-7-4 NESCAC) at home this Saturday, Feb. 25 in the NESCAC Quarterfinals, with the puck dropping at 3 p.m.  The Cardinals head into the postseason on a cold streak: they lost their last three games and scored only four goals while giving up 13. Colby is 2-0 in postseason games between the two teams.

Colby’s 2-1 win over Connecticut College on Friday secured a home playoff game for the first time since 2008. Kevin Doherty ’17 and Kienan Scott ’20 each scored a goal in the first period, giving Colby a crucial lead. Mules goaltender Sean Lawrence ’18 saved 22 of 23 shots, letting in the Camels’ lone goal midway through the third period.

On Saturday, the Mules pulled off a come-from-behind victory against Tufts, avenging a 3-1 loss earlier in the season. After a scoreless first period, the Mules hopped on the board with a goal from Michael Rudolf ’18. Tufts answered with two goals in five minutes, and the Mules headed to the third period down 2-1. Rudolf scored the tying goal with about six minutes left, and Nick O’Connor ’19 delivered the game with 1:43 left, scoring the final goal.

The Mules could have ended up with the No. 1 seed with some help on Saturday. If Williams College had defeated Hamilton College, Colby and Williams would have been in a tie for first place. The Mules would have come out on top since they had won against the Ephs during the regular season. Unfortunately for the Mules, Hamilton College defeated Williams 5-1, clinching the No. 1 seed. Colby will have a tough task ahead of them when they take on the Cardinals this Saturday.

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