Men’s Ice Hockey beats Bowdoin

The Colby Men’s Hockey team added an impressive victory to their resume with a shutout win over archrival Bowdoin last weekend. The Mules  played in front of a packed house on Friday night thanks to a massive showing of support from the student body. Devin Albert ’17 did not take long to get things going offensively for Colby as he tallied the first goal of the game off an assist from EJ Rauseo ’17 and Jack Burton ’17. The rink was rocking into the second period when Michael Rudolf ’18 added to the scoreboard off an assist from Mario Benicky ’18 and Tyler Lingel ’16. Colby finished off their opponent in the third period when Nick O’Conner ’19 put the Polar Bears away with a nice goal of an assist from Burton and Michael Decker ’18. The Mules played incredibly well on defense and killed two penalties on the night. The team’s defense carried their momentum from last week’s tournament into the weekend and the league statistics show it. Colby remains the only team in the NESCAC that has not allowed a power play goal, and the Mules are a perfect 18/18 so far this season on the penalty kill. The Mules’  defense is anchored by netminder Emerson Verrier ’18 who was honored with NESCAC player of the week, and was also named to the D3hockey.com team of the week after his strong performances against the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and Endicott College. This weekend proved to be no different for Verrier as he stopped 43 pucks against Bowdoin on Friday night.

After their shutout victory on Friday, the team looked ahead to an away tilt on Saturday against the Polar Bears down in Brunswick. The Mules got off to a slow start on Saturday after letting up an early goal, but they answered seven  minutes later when Decker scored off a pass from Burton. Bowdoin was able to net one more goal to close out the first period ahead 2-1. The second period proved to be a defensive slugfest as five penalties were called on both teams. The Mules were able to kill four penalties in the period and went into the third period only one goal behind. Albert continued his scoring ways as he netted a goal in the first minute of the period off an assist from Cam MacDonald ’18, but the Polar Bears proved to be too much for the Mules, as they scored two more goals to close the period out and take the victory 4-2 in their home rink. Looking ahead, the Mules have games on Friday and Saturday against Connecticut College and Tufts.

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