Colby hockey teams to meet Bowdoin

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 7, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The rivalry between the Colby College and Bowdoin College men's hockey teams will be a two-day affair this Friday and Saturday.

Colby and Bowdoin will meet in Brunswick on Friday at 7 p.m. in the league contest between the teams. The squads then come up to Waterville for a 7 p.m. non-conference game Saturday at Alfond Rink. Both games will be broadcast by Colby radio station WMHB.

Junior defensemen Joe Rothwell and Arthur Fritch are among Colby's top four scorers. Rothwell leads the Mules (3-2-1) in scoring and is second nationally in scoring among defensemen with four goals and seven assists for 11 points. Fritch was third nationally among defensemen and fourth on Colby in scoring with three goals and five assists.

Colby senior goaltender Ben Grandjean has played every minute in goal for the Mules. He has a .918 save percentage and a 2.47 goals against average.

Junior forwards T.J. Kelley (4 goals, 6 assists) and Josh Reber (1 goal, 8 assists) lead Colby's offense. Reber is tied for seventh nationally in assists per game (1.33). Greg Osborne (3 goals, 3 assists), Patrick Rutherford (2 goals, 4 assists) and Ryan Chrenek (2 goals, 4 assists) are other top scorers.

Colby has six players with 50 career points or more. Reber (16 goals, 57 assists), Osborne (30 goals, 40 assists), Kelley (26 goals, 36 assists), Fritch (14 goals, 46 assists), Rutherford (23 goals, 29 assists) and Rothwell (17 goals, 34 assists) have all reached 50-plus points.

The Mules and the Polar Bears are among the top three teams in Division III hockey on the power play. Bowdoin ranks second at 33 percent efficiency, while the Mules are third at 30 percent. The Polar Bears rank first nationally in the combined special teams category at 63.6 percent. Colby is tied for seventh in offense at 4.83 goals per game and Bowdoin is 12th at 4.60.

Bowdoin has given up just eight goals in its first five games. The Polar Bears lost goalie George Papachristopoulos to graduation, but Nick Smith has been solid in his place with a .932 save percentage and a 1.89 goals against average.

The Polar Bears (3-0-2) won last year's game at Colby by a 3-2 score when Papachristopoulos had 32 saves. He made 13 stops in the third period when neither team was able to manage a goal.

Bowdoin has received a spark from its first-year players. Mike Corbelle had three goals and two assists and Ryan Blossom had dished five assists to share the team lead in scoring before Friday. Leland Fidler (2 goals, 2 assists) is another newcomer off to a solid start.

Senior captain Bryan Ciborowski also has two goals and two assists. He had two goals and two assists in the Polar Bears' 3-2 and 7-6 victories over Colby last year.

Women's hockey: The Colby women's hockey team also will meet Bowdoin before the men's game at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in Brunswick.

The Mules are 1-3-1 on the season, while Bowdoin is 4-2.

Genevieve Triganne has been solid in the nets for Colby with a .932 save percentage and a 2.23 goals against average.

Laura Anning (2 goals, 3 assists), Rebecca Julian (2 goals, 2 assists), Amanda Comeau (3 goals) and Colette Finley (1 goal, 2 assists) lead Colby's offense.

Bowdoin has fallen to Elmira (5-4, OT) and Manhattanville (3-2), but owns league wins over Amherst (8-5) and Connecticut College (5-2).

The Polar Bears are led offensively by Meghan Gillis (6 goals, 5 assists), Katie Forney (4 goals, 4 assists) and Kristen Cameron (4 goals, 4 assists).

Bowdoin first-year goalie Samantha Schwager has a .895 save percentage and a 2.67 goals against average.

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