Men’s Hockey season preview

The leaves have fallen, temperatures are reaching sub-freezing at night, and the Alfond Rink is iced over once again; hockey season is upon us.

The Colby men’s hockey team is coming off a 6-3-9 season which culminated in a seventh place finish within the highly competitive NESCAC division. Last season consisted of mixed results for the Mules. A 3-0 victory against eventual third place NESCAC finisher and perennial rival Bowdoin and a thrilling overtime victory against fourth place finisher Hamilton stand out as highlights last season.

While a new rink is still three years away, this year stands to be a great one for the Mules. The team lost only three seniors to graduation, only two of whom saw considerable playing time, and return with a battle tested group of seniors and sophomores along with a solid first-year recruiting class.

The top 11 scorers from last season all are returning to the team, including Cam Macdonald ’18 (tied for 12th in the NESCAC for overall scoring), Devin Albert ’17 (19th), Jack Burton ’17 (23rd), EJ Roseau ’17 (28th), and Geoff Sullivan ’17 (36th). The team is deep in proven leadership, with a total of eight seniors on the roster and the return of head coach Blaise Macdonald and assistant coaches Chris Hall and Mike Latendresse.

Senior captain and defenseman Sullivan said “This is the deepest team we’ve have in terms of skill,” and has a team-goal of capturing a home seed for the NESCAC tournament, which would entail finishing in the top four in the league.

While Colby looks poised for a competitive winning season and the roster is loaded with experience and talent, hockey seasons can be roller coasters for even the best teams. Sullivan said “every season has its ups and downs so you must stay patient as the season can seem like a roller coaster ride at different points of the season.” Last year’s results would seem to echo his sentiment of seasons having peaks and valleys: the same Hamilton they beat in overtime they lost to 7-1 only a few weeks earlier. In order to combat the up and down nature of the season, Sullivan also said “as a senior leader, it’s important to go out and work each day.”

The pre-season work the boys have been putting in could pay off soon as games are just around the corner. The Mules start the year off with a short homestand against NESCAC foes Middlebury (Friday, November 18 at 7:00 P.M.) and number ten ranked Williams (Saturday, November 19 at 3:00 P.M.).

In addition to the high-level NESCAC hockey, the home games against Middlebury and Williams will be must-sees considering that the entire team plans on participating in “movember” also known as no-shave-November.

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