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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 23, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's hockey team is unbeaten in the last 13 games after scoring early in each period as the Mules took a 5-3 victory over Tufts University on Saturday at Alfond Rink in New England Small College Athletic Conference play.
Colby moves to 10-2-3 overall and is now 10-0-3 in the last 13 games. The 1961-62 Colby team has the all-time unbeaten streak school record at 19 games (17-0-2). Tufts falls to 8-7-1 overall.
The Mules scored in the opening 1:31 of each period to stay in front for good. Mike Doherty (Lynnfield, Mass.) tallied just 1:02 in the contest, but the Jumbos tied things up at 2:41 on a goal by Zach Diaco (Rumson, N.J.). Colby went ahead 2-1 at the first intermission when Tom McGinn (St. Albans, Vt.) scored at 6:53.
Nick Kondiles (Lake Forest, Ill.) scored just 30 seconds into the second period to make it 3-1 and then the first-year combination came up with another goal when Michael Smigelski (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) tallied off assists from classmates Kondiles (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Cory McGrath (Yarmouthport, Mass.) at 16:38. Tufts cut the margin to 4-2 when Mike Vitale (Brookfield, Ill.) scored with 2:07 to the second intermission.
The early third period Colby goal came from Jesse Lehman (Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) at 1:31. Tufts once again answered at 3:54 on a score by Trevor John (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), but neither team managed a goal in the final 16 minutes.
Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.) stopped 16 shots for the Mules, while Scott Barchard (Reading, Mass.) had 30 saves for the Jumbos.
Colby 5, Tufts 3
C: Mike Doherty (Michael Belliveau, Billy Crinnion), 1:02
T: Zach Diaco (Trevor John, Andy Davis), 2:41
C: Tom McGinn (Michael Belliveau, Billy Crinnion), 6:53
C: Nick Kondiles (Matt Strickland, Jeoff Jarnot), :30
C: Michael Smigelski (Nick Kondiles, Cory McGrath), 16:38
T: Mike Vitale (Andy Davis), 17:53
C: Jesse Lehman (Mike Doherty, Michael Belliveau), 1:31
T: Trevor John (Tom Derosa, Zach Diaco), 3:54
Shots: Tufts 19, Colby 35. Goalies: Scott Barchard (Tufts, 58:06, 5 GA, 30 saves); Cody McKinney (Colby, 60:00, 3 GA, 16 saves).