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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 22, 2011
MALDEN, Mass. – First-year Jack Bartlett and junior Tom McGinn scored a pair of goals 3:32 apart in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and lead the Colby College men's hockey team to a 5-2 victory at Tufts in a NESCAC game played at Valley Forum II on Saturday afternoon.
The victory was the fourth in a row for Colby, which improved to 6-8-1 overall and 5-5-1 in NESCAC. The Jumbos (4-10-1, 3-8 NESCAC) lost their eighth game in a row. The Mules were in 10th and last place a few weeks ago, but are now tied for fifth in the league with Connecticut College.
The contest featured up-and-down action with a combined total of 93 shots, and only eight penalties were whistled (seven in the third period). Host Tufts came out of the first period with a 2-1 lead on goals by seniors Tom Derosa and Andy Davis. The goal by Davis came with just three seconds remaining in the period. The Mules had taken a 1-0 lead early on junior Chris Buonomo's strike at 3:26.
Colby senior goalie James Lemonias stopped all 17 shots that he faced in the second period when the Mules were able to tie the score at 2-2. Sophomore Nick Kondiles put home a rebound for Colby at 3:16 of the second stanza. Jumbo junior goalie Evin Koleini also had a fine period with 13 saves, including a great stop on Mule freshman Ben Chwick (Purchase, NY) who was set up all alone out front.
With the score 2-2 heading into the third, Bartlett and McGinn gave the visitors a two-goal margin with goals at 5:26 and 8:58. The Mules, who put 19 shots on net in the third, added a goal by Chwick at 18:10 for the 5-2 final.
Both goalies were busy. Lemonias, who entered the game at the start of the second period, made 31 saves. Koleini faced 50 Colby shots and stopped 45.
Kondiles had a two-point game for Colby with a goal and an assist. Sophomore Scott Harff recorded two assists.
Colby 5, Tufts 2
C: Chris Buonomo (Scott Harff, Jack Bartlett), 3:26
T: Tom Derosa (Kyle Gallegos), 11:10
T: Andy Davis (Zach Diaco), 19:57
C: Nick Kondiles (Spike Smigelski), 3:16
C: Jack Bartlett, 5:26
C: Tom McGinn (Scott Harff), 8:58
C: Ben Chwick (Nick Kondiles), 18:10
Shots: Colby 50, Tufts 43. Power play: Colby 0-1, Tufts 0-3. Penalties: Colby 5-10, Tufts 3-6. Goalies: Cody McKinney (Colby, 20:00, 2 GA, 10 saves) and James Lemonias (Colby, 40:00, 0 GA, 31 saves); Evin Koleini (Tufts, 60:00, 5 GA, 45 saves).