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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 15, 2013
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Jonathan Sdao (Niwot, Colo.) scored with just 1:02 left in the game and Sam Parker (Cambridge, Mass.) stopped 36 shots to lead the Colby College men's hockey team to a huge 2-1 win over Connecticut College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Friday night at Alfond Rink.
The Mules, who were in last place in the 10-team league a few weeks ago, are suddenly tied for seventh place and control their destiny to make the conference playoffs. Colby (6-14-3 overall, 4-11-2 NESCAC) and Hamilton are tied for seventh place in the league after the Continentals fell 6-1 at home to Middlebury. The Mules close out the regular season with a 3 p.m. home game with Tufts University, while Hamilton plays host to Williams College.
With eight teams making the NESCAC playoffs, Connecticut College is now ninth at 7-13-3 overall and 3-11-3 in the league. The Camels need to win at league leader Bowdoin College on Saturday at 4 p.m. and hope either the Mules or Hamilton lose.
Sdao, a first-year defensemen, ripped his shot from the top of the right circle in the Camels' zone with just 62 seconds to play. Matt Gelnaw (Verona, N.J.) got the puck up top to Nick Trepp (Greenwich, Conn.), who pushed a pass over to a wide open Sdao.
Connecticut College had a two-man advantage for the final 15.4 seconds after pulling its goalie and having Colby pick up a boarding penalty. The Mules, however, were able to win the face-off and clear the zone.
Parker jumped in the air at the horn and was mobbed by his teammates. He had 14 of his 36 saves in the second period, but had a number of difficult stops in the third period.
Connecticut College goaltender Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) had 25 stops and also came up with some big saves in the third period.
Keith Veronesi (S. Glastonbury, Conn.) had the lone goal of the first period to put the Camels up at the intermission. Mike Doyle (Merrimac, Mass.) had his shot saved by Parker, but the rebound went directly to a charging Veronesi for the goal. Sebastian Meltzer (Montreal, Que.) also had an assist.
Colby's Ray Zeek tied the game when he knocked in his own rebound at 10:11 of the second period. Chris Kennedy (Sherborn, Mass.) was up top and slid the puck to Zeek, who smacked a shot into the pads of Conlin. His second chance, though, found the upper portion of the net. Nils Martin (Potomac, Md.) also had an assist.
Colby 2, Connecticut College 1
Conn College 1#0#0---1
Conn: Keith Veronesi (Mike Doyle, Sebastian Meltzer), 14:59
Colby: Ray Zeek (Chris Kennedy, Nils Martin), 10:11
Colby: Jonathan Sdao (Nick Trepp, Matt Gelnaw), 18:58
Shots: Conn College 27, Colby 37. Power play: Conn College 0-5, Colby 0-3. Penalties: Conn College 3-6, Colby 5-10. Goalies: Tom Conlin (Connecticut College, 59:28, 2 GA, 25 saves); Sam Parker (Colby, 60:00, 1 GA, 36 saves).