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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 29, 2010
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Colby College men's hockey team lost for the first time since November 21 when Middlebury College opened up a 4-1 lead on the way to a 7-4 victory in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Friday night.
The Mules had their 13-game unbeaten streak (10-0-3) snapped in the loss in falling to 10-3-3 overall. Middlebury moved to 8-3-4 overall.
The two teams came out charging, with three goals in the game's first 1:27. Colby took the opening face-off right into the offensive zone, as Cory McGrath fed Michael Smigelski for his seventh of the season just 14 seconds in. Middlebury answered 25 seconds later, when Mathieu Dubuc centered a pass to Charlie Strauss for his first of the season. The Panthers took a 2-1 lead at the 1:27 mark, when Martin Drolet skated in from the right wing and netted his 10th of the year. Middlebury took a 3-1 advantage with a power play goal at the 13:07 mark, when John Sullivan one-timed a crossing pass from Ken Suchoski.
Tucker Donohoe gave Middlebury a 4-1 lead at 3:32 of the second period, scoring a four-on-four goal with a slapper from the left side. Nick Resor scored his ninth of the year on the power play at 7:49, putting home a rebound after a shot from Sullivan was saved. Nick Kondiles scored a late goal off a defender to make it a 5-2 game after two.
Colby cut the lead to one with a pair of goals in 1:13 in the third period. Jared Crittenden scored the first with a wrister from the slot at 6:10, followed by Smigelski with a one-timed on a feed from Michael Doherty at 7:23. Middlebury answered just 27 seconds later, when Suchoski scored after a nice feed from Drolet.
Middlebury netminder Max Kennedy kept the lead in tact at the 10-minute mark, stopping Wil Hartigan on a breakaway. The lead grew to 7-4 at 15:03, as Bryan Curran scored his fourth of the season. Drolet and Sullivan ended the game with three assists apiece as Middlebury held a 34-24 shots advantage.
Kennedy made 20 saves to earn the win for Middlebury, while Cody McKinney (24:41, 4 GA, 11 saves) and James Lemonias (35:19), 3 GA, 16 saves) split time for Colby.