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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 27, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- A first-year forward and a veteran back-up goalie combined to give the Colby College men’s hockey team a 1-0 victory over Bowdoin College in non-conference play Tuesday night in front of a full house at Alfond Rink.
The Mules improve to 5-8-3 overall, while Bowdoin falls to 7-8-1.
First-year forward Matt Rappaport (Livingston, N.J.) scored his second collegiate goal at 7:52 of the third period to give Colby the only goal it would need. Meanwhile, senior goalie Dean Feole (Windham, N.H.) had 22 saves to earn his first collegiate shutout for the Mules.
How rare is a shutout of Bowdoin? The Polar Bears had last been held scoreless on February 28, 2004 --- a span of 118 games. The last shutout in the great rivalry of Colby and Bowdoin in men’s hockey was 16 years ago when the Polar Bears took a 1-0 win on January 26, 1993.
“I’m really proud of Dean and his perseverance. He earned this opportunity to play” Colby head coach Jim Tortorella said. “The shots came and there was nothing after that. Dean did a great job of quieting things.”
Feole, who had played just 83 minutes this season and less than 300 in his career at Colby, got a start this past weekend and was solid enough to get another from Tortorella. Feole stopped eight shots in the first period and eight more in the final period.
The Mules had fine puck movement on the goal as Jeoff Jarnot (Concord, N.H.) and Michael Belliveau (Bridgewater, Nova Scotia) were credited with assists. Rappaport had a shot that stayed low, but was just high enough to get over the pad of Bowdoin goalie Richard Nerland (Calgary, Alberta) and went inside the left post.
“The intriguing thing for me after the goal was that we played harder,” Tortorella said. “We played with more intensity. We played harder as far as forechecking and puck battles along the wall.”
Nerland did the job as well for Bowdoin with 34 saves, including 14 in the opening period.
Colby will play host to University of Southern Maine on Friday at 7 p.m. The Mules take a three-game unbeaten streak into that contest.
“We talked before the game about not being concerned so much with the outcome, but more concerned about improvement,” Tortorella said. “The last five or six games we’ve lost a few, yet I’m seeing improvement.”
Colby 1, Bowdoin 0
Colby: Matt Rappaport (Jeoff Jarnot, Michael Belliveau), 7:52
Shots: Bowdoin 22, Colby 35. Goalies: Richard Nerland (Bowdoin, 59:30, 1 GA, 34 saves); Dean Feole (Colby, 60:00, 0 GA, 22 saves).