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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 4, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. –-- A day after winning on the road at Hamilton College, the Colby College men's hockey team gave fifth-ranked Amherst College fits for two periods before the Lord Jeffs rallied for a 5-2 win on Saturday.
Colby got on the board early on a quick counterattack. Senior forward Matt Rappaport played the puck ahead to Spike Smigelski, whose wrist shot from the right circle beat La Rose stick-side 2:28 into the opening period.
Mike Rowbotham tied things up at 11:44 with a goal while Amherst was on the power play. The Jeffs strung together crisp passes until Rowbotham fired a shot from just outside the right circle, hitting the bottom of the crossbar and getting a favorable bounce to put Amherst on the board.
The Mules regained the lead at 2-1 with 10:57 to play in the second period. Senior forward Chris Buonomo collected a loose puck deep in the Amherst zone and chipped a backhanded attempt that hit the right post and got past La Rose, marking his second goal of the season.
Amherst senior co-captain Eddie Effinger added the finishing touch on an empty-net goal with only 14 seconds on the clock.