Southern Maine holds off Mules in men's hockey

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 8, 2013
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Robert McCormick scored Tuesday for Colby. (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's hockey team fought back twice to tie the game, but the Mules could not make it a third time as University of Southern Maine held on for a 5-3 win on Tuesday night at Alfond Rink.

Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass.) scored on a blast from the left point on the power play for the game-winning goal for USM.

The Huskies improve to 6-7 overall, while the Mules fall to 3-10.

Thibodeau scored at 9:51 of the third period for the lone power play goal of the game. Alex Pompeo (Hingham, Mass.) scored with just 1.2 seconds remaining on an empty net goal for the final score.

The teams were tied 1-1 after one period and 2-2 after the second intermission. 

Colby struck first when Brendon Bourgea (South Burlington, Vt.) pushed a backhand shot through a group of players in front at 9:39 of the first period. Mule co-captain Scott Harff (Watertown, N.Y.) had an assist on the goal.

Southern Maine tied the game just 1:16 later on a delayed penalty call against Colby. Matt MacDonald (Byfield, Mass.) took the puck from his own zone on the delayed call and his centering pass was knocked in by Pompeo.

The Huskies won the battle for a loose puck and took a 2-1 lead at 12:13 of the second period. Mike Greene (Arvada, Colo.) notched the goal when his shot from the left side went into the left corner of the net behind screened Colby goaltender Sam Parker (Cambridge, Mass.).

Robert McCormick (Laconia, N.H.) tied the game at 2-2 with just 53.7 seconds left in the second period. He deflected in a centering pass from the right side by Nils Martin (Potomac, Md.).

Angelo Vrachnas (St. James, N.Y.) had a nice individual effort to put the Huskies up 3-2 with 10:09 left in the game. He took a pass from Sam Gulmond (Portland, Maine), beat a defender along the right side boards, and lifted a shot from a tough angle past Parker as he skated toward the net.

The Mules tied the game at 3-3 at 4:13 of the third period on a great shift. Colby kept the pressure on for nearly a minute before Brendan Cosgrove (Exeter, N.H.) circled from behind the net and scored. Martin and Tyler Lingel (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) had assists.

After the power play goal by Thibodeau, Colby went on the power play with just 1:53 left in the game after a Southern Maine tripping penalty. The Mules pulled their goaltender with 1:28 to play to have a two-man advantage, but could not get the equalizer.

Josh Hillegas (Middleton, Wis.) stopped 11 of his 20 shots in the third period for USM. Parker made 26 stops for the Mules.

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