Men’s Hockey rebounds after loss to Trinity with 3-2 victory over Wesleyan

After a tough loss to Trinity College on Friday, the Colby men’s hockey team rallied the next day to overcome a strong Wesleyan defense. Coming into the game with a 10-6-4 record overall and an 8-4-3 record in NESCAC play, the Mules were looking to finish the weekend with a victory.

On Friday, Colby suffered a difficult late defeat in overtime against Trinity. EJ Rauseo ’17 scored late in the third period to tie things up with the Bantams, but saw his goal canceled in the first OT period. In an important test between the third and fourth place teams in the NESCAC, Colby unfortunately lost.

However, Colby retained its position despite the outcome and currently sits in third place in the NESCAC standings, with just two games to play before the end of the season. The Cardinals entered the game with a similar record, sitting in fifth in the NESCAC, two positions behind Colby.

The opening period ended with no goals from either team, despite strong skating from both sides. Michael Rudolf ’18 broke the drought at two-and-a-half minutes into the second period with assists from Cam MacDonald ’18 and Phil Klitirinos ’18. MacDonald added a second goal in the third period to put the Mules up 2-0. Wesleyan rallied to score with 15 minutes left in the period, but this would not deter Colby. Rudolf answered with a third goal just minutes later.

Things took an interesting turn when Wesleyan pulled their goalie close to the end of the period, and added another goal through James Kline ’17 in the final minute of the game. Their efforts would not be enough to win the game however, and Colby went on to finish for a 3-2 win.

The Mules have has a strong season this year. MacDonald said, “Overall the season is going really well. We’re battling for the top spot in the NESCAC and have been ranked nationally as well. We’ve been playing some great hockey recently, which is a good sign for the Mules going into the playoffs.” He is not alone regarding his positivity for postseason play. The team has put in hard work since the beginning of November and their efforts have shown in the results they have put on the board. The Mules hope to carry their momentum from the final two games into playoffs the first weekend of March.

Colby heads into the final weekend with a double header against Connecitcut College and Tufts, taking on both teams at home. Colby takes on Conn College on Friday at 7:00 P.M. and Tufts on Saturday at 3:00 P.M. at the Harold Alfond Ice Arena.

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