Men's hockey opens season with new head coach

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 15, 2012
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Senior co-captain Scott Harff (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's hockey team opens the season Friday with a new head coach and two big home games to start the year this weekend.

Blaise MacDonald, with NCAA Division I and III head coaching experience, takes over the men's hockey program after the Mules went 7-15-1 a year ago. Colby will entertain 15th-ranked Middlebury College in the season opener Friday at 7 p.m. and then play host to 17th-ranked Williams College on Saturday at 3 p.m. Webcasts for both games are at

While the Mules lost their top two scorers from last season, Colby does have some experienced players returning. Senior co-captain Scott Harff (Watertown, N.Y.) was fourth on the team in scoring with four goals and eight assists from his defensive spot. Cory McGrath (Yarmouthport, Mass.), the team's other senior co-captain, added seven goals and three assists.

Nick Lanza (Rocky Hill, Conn.) is the top returning scorer after finishing third a year ago in scoring with four goals and 10 assists. The Mules also return Jack Bartlett (Lynn, Mass., 2 goals, 6 assists), Ray Zeek (Wallingford, Conn., 2 goals, 6 assists), and Spike Smigelski (Mountain Lakes, N.J., 4 goals, 3 assists). Nick Kondiles (Lake Forest, Ill.) is the leading active career scoring leader with 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points. 

Ben Chwick (Purchase, N.Y., 4 goals, 2 assists), Nils Martin (Potomac, Md., 4 goals, 1 assist), Robert McCormick (Laconia, N.H.), Brendon Bourgea (South Burlington, Vt.), Nate Morgan (Hamilton, Mass.), and Jacob Billiar (Columbus, Ohio) also return on the forward line. First-years Tyler Lingel (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) and Mike DeBello (Oswego, Ill.) will look to make a scoring impact.

Harff will lead the defense along with returners Tommy Kader (North Reading, Mass., 5 assists), Nick Trepp (Greenwich, Conn., 5 assists), Brendan Cosgrove (Exeter, N.H., 1 goal, 4 assists), and Matt Gelnaw (Verona, N.J.). First-years Chris Kennedy (Sherborn, Mass.) and Evan O'Brien (Rensselaer, N.Y.) will aim for valuable playing minutes. Jonathan Sdao (Niwot, Colo.) can play either defense or as a forward for the Mules.

Senior goaltender Matt Delaney (Houston, Texas) played 80 percent of the minutes a year ago, but will be pushed by sophomores Jordan Nathan (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) and Sam Parker (Cambridge, Mass.).

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