Surging men's hockey heads to Williams for playoff game

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 21, 2013
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Robert McCormick (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's hockey team ended the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The reward was a berth in the league playoffs.

Colby, which spent a good portion of the season in 10thand last place in the league, went 4-1-1 over the final six contests to earn the seventh seed and will play at second-seeded Williams College at 1 p.m. Saturday. The time start has been changed from 3 p.m. to 1 p.m. because of the expected snowstorm.

The quarterfinal game will be Webcast at

The forward line of senior co-captain Cory McGrath (7 goals, 15 assists), and juniors Nick Lanza (12 goals, 15 assists) and Ben Chwick (7 goals, 16 assists) have combined for 72 of Colby's 177 points this season. The trio has been strong in conference games, accumulating 58 of the Mules' 128 points.

Lanza, who is a semifinalist for the Joe Concannon Award as the best U.S.-born Division II/III player, is tied for first in league-only assists (14), ranks second in conference scoring (9 goals, 14 assists, 23 points), and tied for seventh in goals (9) scored in league play.

While sophomore forward Ray Zeek is fourth in scoring with five goals and eight assists for 13 points, Colby also has been able to score from the blue line. Senior co-captain Scott Harff (2 goals, 8 assists), junior Matt Gelnaw (3 goals, 7 assists), and first-year Jonathan Sdao (4 goals, 4 assists) are major contributors. Junior forward Jack Bartlett (4 goals, 4 assists) has eight points.

Sophomore goalie Sam Parker went 5-2 in league play and 6-3 overall to help the Mules climb back into the playoff race.

Williams ranks fifth in the league in scoring (3.08) and only eighth on the power play (16.2 percent), but the Ephs are strong defensively at third in the conference in scoring defense (2.04) and third on the penalty kill (85.5 percent).

The Ephs showed some of that defense in a 3-2 win at Colby back in the second game of the season in November. Sophomore goaltender Sean Dougherty ranks third in the league in both goals against average (2.03) and save percentage (.931).

Sophomore forward Peter Mistretta leads the Ephs in scoring with 14 goals and six assists for 20 points. Evan Dugdale (5 goals, 14 assists), John Wickman (8 goals, 10 assists), and Nick Anderson (7 goals, 11 assists) are other scoring leaders.

2013 NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship

Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 23 (at Higher Seeds)

#8 Hamilton at #1 Bowdoin – 1:00 pm

#7 Colby at #2 Williams – 3:00 pm

#6 Wesleyan at #3 Trinity – 4:00 pm

#5 Middlebury at #4 Amherst – 1:00 pm

Semifinals – Saturday, March 2 (at Highest Remaining Seed)
1:00 pm | 4:00 pm

Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed

Remaining Quarterfinal Winners

Championship – Sunday, March 3
2:00 pm

Semifinal Winners

NOTE: If both the men's and women's semifinals and finals are being played at the same site, the men's games will be played on Friday and Saturday. Game times for Friday's semifinals will be 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Saturday's championship will be played at 7:00 pm.


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