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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 29, 2012
WATERVILLE, Maine --- During the Bicentennial year for Colby College, the men's hockey team will host the 200th meeting between the Mules and Bowdoin College on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Alfond Rink.
The rivalry is by far the longest in NCAA Division III men's hockey. No other teams have played each other more than 160 times.
The 199th meeting will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at Bowdoin. Friday's Webcast from Bowdoin can be viewed at http://athletics.bowdoin.edu/
The number 200 has been a special one around Colby this academic year. The College has been celebrating its 200th birthday, with a huge event in October in the Harold Alfond Athletic Center. Other events are taking place locally and nationally during the academic year. Colby President William “Bro” Adams will drop the ceremonial first puck before Saturday's contest in honor of the 200th game and Colby’s 200 years.
The series started in 1922 with a 2-1 Colby victory in the first contest. Bowdoin has a 103-87-8 edge in the series heading into Friday night’s game. The two teams have met 15 times in ECAC playoff competition, with Bowdoin holding an 8-6-1 edge. Since the NESCAC started a playoff system in 2000, Bowdoin has a 2-0 lead in those games.
Colby has had some fine success in the series. The Mules went 9-0 under head coach E.W. Millett from 1935 to 1937. The top senior athletic awards are now named after Millett.
No head coach had more success than Colby great Jack Kelley. The Mules dominated the series during his coaching stint, posting a 16-1 record from the 1955-56 season to 1961-62. Kelley, who left for Boston University after the 61-62 season, had a 4-0 record against the Polar Bears in the 1955-56 season and the Mules had 35 goals in three victories in 1956-57.
Kelley had some terrific players during those years. All-American Ron Ryan, who went on to be an executive with the Philadelphia Flyers, never lost to Bowdoin and is considered Colby’s all-time best player with program-bests of 104 goals, 141 assists, and 245 points. All-American goalie Frank Stephenson was a wall in net, Ryan received offensive support from Elwyn Duchrow, and Donald Young led Colby’s defense.
The current Mules, who are 1-4 overall, have dropped three one-goal games this season.
Junior forward Nick Lanza has a team-best five goals and two power play scores. Senior co-captain Cory McGrath (1 goal, 3 assists), Ben Chwick (4 assists), and Ray Zeek (4 assists) all have four points.
Under new head coach Blaise MacDonald, senior co-captain Scott Harff (1 goal, 2 assists) leads Colby’s defense in front of
goaltenders Matt Delaney and Jordan Nathan.
In last year’s games, Bowdoin had four goals in the second period on the way to a 6-2 win in the first contest at Colby. In Brunswick the following night, the Mules had three goals in the final 6:30 of play to pull out a 4-3 win. Ben Chwick, Lanza, and Matt Doherty had the goals.
The Polar Bears, who are unbeaten at 4-0-1, have wins against Williams (2-0), U. New England (4-2), Salve Regina (6-5), and Suffolk (5-2).
Bowdoin junior Ollie Koo (5 goals, 5 assists, team-best 10 points) put on a show in the first period of Sunday’s win over Suffolk at Colby. He had three goals during the period.
Harry Matheson (2 goals, 6 assists), co-captain Daniel Weiniger (3 goals, 3 assists), and Robert Toczylowski (3 goals, 2 assists) are other scoring leaders.
Timothy McGarry (1 goal, 1 assist) is Bowdoin’s other co-captain and a defensive leader. Goaltenders Steve Messina and Max Fenkell have each seen time in net for head coach Terry Meagher.