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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 21, 2012
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's hockey team doubled up 10th-ranked Williams College in shots, but the Ephs still managed a 5-4 win over the Mules on Saturday.
Williams battled back from a 2-1 early deficit and had five different scorers in New England Small College Athletic Conference play.
Williams is 10-2-4 overall and 7-2-1 in NESCAC play. The Mules fall to 3-13 overall and 1-11 in conference play. Colby dropped two one-goal games to the Ephs this season.
Senior defensemen Justin Troiani (Woodbridge, Ontario) scored at 7:21 of the opening period to give the Ephs a 1-0 lead. The Mules, however, received back-to-back goals from co-captain Dan Nelson (Northbrook, Ill.) at 8:29 and Brendan Cosgrove (Exeter, N.H.) at 14:05. Williams made it 2-2 after one period when John Wickman (Dallas, Texas) tallied with just 1:23 left.
The goal by Wickman was the first of three straight as the Ephs took a 4-2 margin after two periods. Craig Kitto (Ashburn, Va.) made it 3-2 at 9:12 of the period, while teammate Cody Skinner (Katy, Texas) put the Ephs up 4-2 at 15:02.
Colby made it a tight game again when co-captain Patrick Bursee (West Nyack, N.Y.) scored at 6:19 of the third period. Williams countered when Nick Anderson (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) put his team up by two at 5-3 with a goal at 15:08.
Just 27 seconds later, Spike Smigelski (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) scored the final goal of the game to cut the margin back to one again.
Williams goaltender Ryan Purdy (La Jolla, Calif.) had 10 of his 28 saves in the final period.
Colby had a 32-16 advantage in shots and had just one penalty in the game.
Game summary: http://www.collegehockeystats.