Three final period goals propels Men’s Hockey to 4-2 win over Bowdoin

Colby fans mingled around the outside of the hockey rink, clutching tickets, hoping for a chance to see their beloved Colby Mules take on the Bowdoin Polar Bears. From outside you could hear the whoops and cheers of those who had already taken their seats inside the rink. Inside the packed arena, the Mules circled through warm-up laps, their skates slashing through fresh ice. When the puck dropped, it was clear that Colby was looking for only one result: a victory.

The Bowdoin Polar Bears scored first after seven minutes. Austin Ricci, a junior at Bowdoin, tipped a one-time shot into the net, beating Colby goaltender Sean Lawrence ’19, who had an otherwise fantastic game. Lawrence saved 34 shots over the three periods, letting in only two goals. Colby responded quickly however, with Kienan Scott ’20 smashing home a shot three minutes later. Scott was assisted by Cam McDonald ’18.

After the initial flurry of goals, the teams settled into the pace of the game a bit more. This did not stop either side from pressuring for more however. In the early minutes of the second period, Bowdoin began an offensive sequence in which they peppered Colby’s goal with shots over the course of several minutes, the Mules put up a strong defensive line however, and changed the tone of the game shortly after.

After a scoreless second period, the two teams came into the third looking to dictate the pace of the game. Colby struck first, scoring after just four minutes. Michael Decker ’18 scored his first goal of the season, hitting in the rebounded save from Bowdoin’s goalie. Bowdoin quickly recovered, scoring two minutes later. With the third period shaping up to be a close call, Colby and Bowdoin fans alike were perched on the edge of their seats. Five minutes later, with roughly nine minutes to go in the game, Thomas Stahlhuth ’19 hammered in a shot sent into the slot by one of Colby’s captains, Michael Rudolf ’18. As Colby fans celebrated, the team hunkered down, knowing that there was far too much time left on the clock.

Slowly but surely, the minutes counted down, with Bowdoin skating hard, but unable to break the strength of the back line. Finally, with a minute to go, Bowdoin sent their goalie out for an extra man. Colby took the opportunity to break away. Griffen Fadden ’18 set up fellow senior Phil Klitirinos ’18 for an easy finish.

Colby fans erupted around the arena, stomping their feet on the wooden bleachers hooting and hollering. The reverberations of hockey sticks being pounded against the boards by players on the bench filled the rink. With Friday’s game, Colby improved to a 3-2 record overall. On Saturday, the Mules took on Bowdoin again, this time of the Polar Bears’ home turf.

The team put up a hard fight this weekend which paid off in a very successful weekend. An undefeated double header gives the team momentum for their upcoming and decisive NESCAC games.

Next weekend, the team faces both Tufts and Connecticut College on their  home ice for two big conference games before the end of the fall semester. Join students, faculty, parents, and opposing fans at either 7 p.m. on Friday or 3 p.m. on Saturday for two more surely entertaining games of Colby Mules hockey!

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