MEDFORD, Mass. --- The Colby College men's hockey team will be glad not to see Tufts University senior goaltender Scott Barchard in the nets after this season and after the Jumbos' 3-2 win over the Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference play.
Colby had an 80-54 shot advantage in two games against Tufts this season, but lost both when Barchard stopped 77 shots. He had 43 stops in the game earlier this year in Waterville and made 34 saves in Saturday's win.
Tufts jumped out to an early first period lead when Kyle Gallegos scored with 4:22 elapsed on the clock. Assists went to junior Dylan Plimmer and Tyler Voigt. Voigt's goal at 5:12 of the second period put the Jumbos up 2-0. Sophomore Cody Armstrong assisted on the goal. Barchard had 26 saves after 40 minutes of play in keeping the Mules off the scoreboard.
It got interesting in the third. Early in the period, Mules sophomore Nick Lanza came out of the penalty box and scored on a breakaway to trim the Jumbos lead to 2-1 at the 1:19 mark.
Gallegos' goal at 5:34 of the third, his 16th of the year, would again put the Jumbos back up by two. Freshmen Shawn Power and Voigt assisted on the goal.
With 44 seconds remaining in the period, the Mules pulled goaltender Matt Delaney in favor of an extra skater and it paid off when senior Dan Nelson scored at 19:30. Sophomores Jack Bartlett and Nick Trepp picked up assists on the goal. However, the Mules were unable to net an equalizer.
Delaney made 31 saves for the Mules, who finish their season at 7-15-1 overall.
Tufts 3, Colby 2
T: Kyle Gallegos (Dylan Plimmer, Nick Metcalfe), 4:22
T: Tyler Voigt (Cody Armstrong), 5:12
C: Nick Lanza, 1:19
T: Kyle Gallegos (Shawn Power, Tyler Voigt), 5:34
C: Dan Nelson (Jack Bartlett, Nick Trepp), 19:30
Shots: Colby 36, Tufts 34. Power play: Colby 0-3, Tufts 0-4. Goalies: Matt Delaney (Colby, 60:00, 3 GA, 59:16, 31 saves); Scott Barchard (Tufts, 60:00, 2 GA, 34 saves).