Hockey teams ready for quarterfinal games

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 22, 2007
The Colby College hockey teams are in New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal round playoff games Saturday. The men are at home against Connecticut College at 4 p.m. with free admission to all. The women play at Hamilton College in a 1 p.m. game.

Here's a look at each game:

Men's hockey: Colby is seeded third in the NESCAC playoffs and Connecticut College is sixth. The Mules have played in the NESCAC playoffs every year since the league started the playoff format for the 1999-2000 season. The Mules have made it to the semifinal round five times and lost twice in the quarterfinals. The Camels are playing in the league tourney for the first time ever.

If you cannot make the game at Alfond Rink, Colby radio station WMHB is broadcasting the contest. You can listen at (Live365 interface), or (your default media player)

Colby (13-8-2) is led by senior captain Greg Osborne, who leads the league in scoring with 20 goals and 19 assists for 39 points and also is first in power play goals with 11. Junior Arthur Fritch ranks first nationally in defensemen scoring with 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points. T.J. Kelley (15 goals, 14 assists), Josh Reber (7 goals, 22 assists), Joe Rothwell (7 goals, 18 assists) and Patrick Rutherford (9 goals, 13 assists) are other threats for the Mules.

Senior goalie Ben Grandjean is looking for his 30th career victory at Colby with a win Saturday. He took a 3-1 win over the Camels on Jan. 19.

Connecticut College (10-12-2) is unbeaten in its last four games, including a 5-4 overtime win at Babson and a 3-3 tie at home against Southern Maine. The Camels also have impressive wins over Norwich (4-3), New England College (2-1), Williams (2-1) and Bowdoin (4-3).

Junior forward Rob Campbell leads the team with 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points. First-year forward Ryan Howarth has a team-best 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points.

Camel goalie Greg Parker has been a key with a .921 save percentage that ranks first in the NESCAC and sixth nationally.

Neither team takes a lot of penalty minutes --- Colby ranks dead last nationally in 68th place at 13 minutes per game and the Camels are 62nd at 14.5. The power play could be a factor as the Mules are second nationally at 26.1 percent efficiency and the Camels are 50th at 15.1.

Women's hockey: Colby will try to get back to the NESCAC Final Four with a 1 p.m. quarterfinal game at fourth-seeded Hamilton College.

Colby (9-10-5), the fifth seed, won 4-2 over the Continentals in an away game. Becky Julian and Colette Finley both had one goal and one assist in the contest for the Mules. However, Hamilton bounced back and took a 3-1 win at Alfond Rink in the second regular season game between the teams.

Laura Anning leads Colby in scoring with 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points. Anning's career totals are at 32 goals and 31 assists for 63 points in just her second year with the Mules. She also ranks first on the team in game-winning goals with four and is tied for the lead in power play goals with five.

Julian has been a hot scorer in the past few weeks and has her season totals up to 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points. She now has 28 goals and 19 assists for 47 career points in her sophomore season.

Amanda Comeau has 13 goals (five power play) and six assists for 19 points, while Finley has six goals and seven assists for 13 points. Kaitlyn Conway also has seven assists this year, including two in the win against Hamilton

Colby goalies Genevieve Triganne (.902 save percentage, 3.04 goals against average) and Lacey Brown (.895, 3.03) have put up similar statistics this year. Brown was in goal in the win at Hamilton.

Hamilton (9-13-2) has had first-year players put up big numbers this season. Lauren Tomford leads the team in scoring with 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points, while classmate Amy Allen is third in scoring at eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points. Senior forward Kerry Leonard has 12 goals and 12 assists.

Hamilton goalie Meg Shine had 31 saves in the win at Colby. She has a .891 save percentage and a 3.07 goals against average.

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