NEW LONDON, Conn. --- With elimination from the playoffs facing them in the third period, the Colby College men's hockey team pulled together and received 34 saves from goalie Matt Delaney (Houston, Texas) and the game-winning goal from Mike Doherty (Lynnfield, Mass.) with 4:04 left in the game to pull out a 3-2 road win over Connecticut College on Friday.
The Mules move to 7-14-1 overall and 4-12-1 in the NESCAC, while the Camels drop to 6-14-3 overall and 4-11-2 in the league. Colby and Conn College are battling with Hamilton College (8-11-3, 4-10-2) for the eighth and last playoff spot. The Mules are at Tufts University for a 4:15 p.m. game in their regular season finale, while the Camels will play host to a tough team in Bowdoin College. Hamilton plays at Middlebury College on Saturday and closes the season at Williams College on Sunday. To earn a playoff spot, Colby needs to win tomorrow and have the Camels and the Continentals lose the rest of their games.
The Camels controlled play for the majority of the third period, but Delaney made 10 clutch saves to keep his team in the game. The host team was held scoreless on five power plays in the contest.
With 13:50 remaining, Colby's Nils Martin (Potomac, Md.) broke free down the right side for his fourth goal of the season in transition off assists from Nate Morgan (Hamilton, Mass.) and Nick Trepp (Greenwich, Conn.). Doherty then took a pass from Morgan and scored his 12th and biggest goal of the season. Ben Chwick (Purchase, N.Y.) had the other assist on the play.
The Mules jumped out on top with 9:15 remaining in the opening period. Just after the Camels were assessed with a five minute major, Colby won a faceoff at the left circle and junior forward Cory McGrath (Yarmouthport, Mass.) found an opening in the upper right portion of the netting to make it 1-0. Doherty, who has 94 career points (38 goals, 56 assists), and Dan Nelson (Northbrook, Ill.) had assists.
The Mules jumped out on top with 9:15 remaining in the opening period. Just after the Camels were assessed with a five minute major, the Mules won a faceoff at the left circle and junior forward Cory McGrath found an opening in the upper right portion of the netting to make it a 1-0 game. Doherty and Dan Nelson (Northbrook, Ill.) assisted on the power play goal.