Women’s Hockey win first two games in their final two games

After the absence of any referees or announcers caused a delay that sent many fans away before the game even started, Women’s Hockey finally took the ice for their final game this past Saturday.  The team capitalized, winning just their second game of the season, but also their second in a row.

The week started with a thrilling Valentine’s Day matchup where they walked away with the first victory of the season against the University of Southern Maine. Taking on the Huskies at home, the Mules were looking for a win as the season drew to a close.

Forward Katie McLaughlin ’17 stepped up to the challenge in order to turn that goal into reality. She scored twice in the opening period, boosting Colby to a quick 2-0 lead. Bella Papapetros ’18 was also on fire Tuesday night and assisted both goals.

The combination of the two upperclassmen proved difficult for the Southern Maine defense, despite strong goalkeeping from Whitney Padgett of USM. Maine scored late in the first period, but Colby rallied in the second with a goal from Eleanor Knutzen ’17. The Mules dominated the remainder of the game and went on to win 3-1.

Colby had the rest of the week to practice and recover for their final game and senior night on Saturday afternoon against  non-conference opponent Becker College.

Colby honored six seniors in the game: McLaughlin, Knutzen, Delaney Flynn, Nicole Donato, Kailey Buxbaum, and Hannah Insuik. Determined to show their seniors a strong final game, Colby marched away with a 6-1 victory. Goals came from McLaughlin (two), Flynn, Knutzen, Buxbaum, and Brooke Gary ’18. The seniors certainly brought their best to their final game, contributing to five of the six goals including two first assists.

After two periods of play, Colby was up 2-0. However, after a streak of shots from Colby’s forwards, Becker was unable to keep up. Colby put away three shots in three minutes in the third.

All Colby’s goalkeepers made an appearance in the game, but a solid defensive effort kept their total shots saved down to only eight between the three of them.

The Mules had a difficult season, remaining shut out in all conference play. They tied with Bowdoin in their opening game, and had several close games throughout the season, losing by one-goal margins to University of Southern Maine, Endicott, and Trinity. In a strong conference, a winning record can be difficult to come by.

“The end of the season was bittersweet, because ending on a win is one of the best feelings you can have as a team but there was a lot of frustration through the year with our record,” starting goalie, Halley Fine ’20, said.

Colby will look to grow from this season, where they saw eight new freshmen earn skating time.