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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 8, 2012
MALDEN, Mass. --- Sam Parker, making his first collegiate start in goal, stopped 38 shots and Colby College gave him the goals he would need for his first victory in a 5-2 triumph over Tufts University on Saturday.
Colby moves to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the NESCAC, while Tufts is 3-4-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the league. Ben Chwick had four assists for the Mules.
The Mules went ahead for good just 2:08 into the first period when Nate Morgan's low wrist shot from the top of the circle went past screened Tufts goaltender Brian Phillips. Nils Martini and Robert McCormick each had their first assists of the season on the play.
With 10:18 to play, Colby struck again on a three-on-one break. A Tufts defensemen made an ill-timed pinch on the offensive boards, and the puck was chipped out to a breaking Chwick. He took it over the Jumbos' blue line and slid a cross-crease pass to Nick Kondiles, who tapped it home for the 2-0 lead. Nick Trepp also had assist on the goal.
Tufts was able to answer three minutes later with a nice individual play from Dylan Plimmer, who went around two Mules to find an opening.
Parker had a sensational second period, making 15 of his 38 stops.
Jonathan Sdao stood out both ways, with a strong physical presence and added a big goal on the power play for Colby.
Colby scored twice in the second period on the Sdao power play goal from Chwick and Nick Lanza and a tally from co-captain Cory McGrath. On McGrath's goal, Lanza started the play to Chwick, who sent in a shot from the point that bounced off the boards and found the stick of McGrath out front in traffic. The Mules went into the second intermission up 4-1.
Each team added goals late in the contest. Plimmer scored again for Tufts with 6:22 left, while McGrath added another goal at 4:02 from Chwick.