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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 28, 2011
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Despite allowing no goals for the first 39 minutes of the game, the Colby College men's hockey team allowed four in the final 21 minutes as Middlebury College took a 4-1 win on Friday night in New England Small College Athletic Conference play at Alfond Rink.
Middlebury captain Charlie Strauss (Eagle River, Wis.) scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season as the Panthers scored three goals in the final 8:13 of play to pull away.
The two teams nearly battled to two scoreless periods, but Strauss scored unassisted with just 36 seconds left to the second intermission.
Colby (6-9-1 overall, 5-6-1 NESCAC) received an unassisted goal of its own from Spike Smigelski (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) at 5:36 of the third period and suddenly the game was tight and tied at 1-1. Smigelski scored his sixth goal of the season.
Michael Longo's (Morristown, N.J.) centering pass from the corner found Chris Steele (Revere, Mass.) in front for the game-winning goal at 11:47 of the third period for a 2-1 Panther lead. Steele scored his first goal of the season and Longo picked up his third assist.
The Panthers (7-5-3 overall, 5-4-2 NESCAC), which improved to 6-1-3 in their last 10 games, added an insurance goal from Strauss at 13:38 from Martin Drolet (Montreal, Quebec) and Trevor Pollock (Sunderland, Vt.). Tucker Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) fired in an empty net goal with 1:11 to play.
John Yanchek (Hillsborough, N.J.) stopped 25 shots for Middlebury, while James Lemonias (Hingham, Mass.) made 23 saves for Colby.
Middlebury 4, Colby 1
M: Charlie Strauss, 19:24
C: Spike Smigelski, 5:36
M: Charlie Strauss (Martin Drolet, Trevor Pollock), 13:38
M: Tucker Donahoe, 18:49, EN
Shots: Middlebury 27, Colby 26. Power play: Middlebury 0-3, Colby 0-3. Penalties: Middlebury 3-6, Colby 3-6. Goalies: John Yanchek (Middlebury, 60:00, 1 GA, 25 saves); James Lemonias (Colby, 59:29, 3 GA, 23 saves).