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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 12, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Greg Osborne (Stoughton, Mass.) scored with 37 seconds left in overtime to lift the Colby College men's hockey team to a 4-3 victory over ninth-ranked Middlebury College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference/ECAC East battle Friday at Alfond Rink.
Colby improves to 6-4-2 overall and 4-3-1 in the league heading into Saturday's 4 p.m. home game with Williams College. Middlebury, the three-time defending NCAA Division III champs, fall to 7-4-1 overall and 4-3 in the league before Saturday's 4 p.m. road game at Bowdoin College.
The Mules fought back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to send the game to overtime. The Panthers' Robert MacIntyre (Calgary, Alberta) scored 1:32 into the third period for a 3-1 Middlebury lead.
The Mules got within one goal when Patrick Rutherford (Truro, Nova Scotia) tallied with 8:40 remaining in regulation. Josh Reber (Edina, Minn.) tied it at 3-3 with just 3:48 remaining off assists from Osborne and Joe Rothwell (Unionville, Ontario).
After a scoreless opening period, Middlebury went ahead 2-0 with goals by Evgeny Saidachev (Gig Harbor, Wash.) at 2:16 of the second period and an unassisted tally by Mickey Gilchrist (Ottawa, Ontario) at 11:23.
Colby's Mike Butler (Saint John, New Brunswick) made it a game at 2-1 with a short-handed goal with 5:46 left in the second period.
Ben Grandjean (Waterford, Conn.) stopped 45 shots, including eight in overtime for Colby. Ross Cherry (Basking Ridge, N.J.) made 26 saves for the Panthers.
Colby 4, Middlebury 3, OT
M: Evgeny Saidachev (Charlie Townsend), 2:16
M: Mickey Gilchrist, 11:23
C: Mike Butler, 14:14
M: Robert MacIntyre (Tom Maldonado), 1:32
C: Patrick Rutherford (Ben Grandjean, Arthur Fritch), 11:20
C: Josh Reber (Greg Osborne, Joe Rothwell), 16:12
C: Greg Osborne (Patrick Rutherford, Josh Reber), 4:23
Shots: Middlebury 48, Colby 30. Goalies: Ross Cherry (Middlebury, 64:23, 26 saves); Ben Grandjean (Colby, 64:23, 45 saves)