Men's hockey upsets ninth-ranked Williams

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 29, 2011
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Nick Lanza

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Mike Doherty (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored two key goals with one at the end of the second period and then added the first goal of the third period to help the Colby College men's hockey team to a 6-3 upset win over ninth-ranked Williams College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday at Alfond Rink.

Colby moves to 7-9-1 overall and 6-6-1 in the NESCAC, while Williams falls to 10-5-2 overall and 7-4-1 in the conference. The Ephs were in first place in the league heading into the weekend, but also lost Friday night at Bowdoin College. Meanwhile, the Mules fell 4-1 on Friday to Middlebury.

"I'm proud of the way the guys bounced back after last night," Colby head coach Jim Tortorella said. "We played today to the personality of our team. We played blue collar hockey – get pucks in deep and get to the net. We ended up getting some surge goals today."

Williams had tied the game at 3-3 on a power play goal by Justin Troiani (Woodbridge, Ontario) with 2:20 left in the second period. Doherty got the game-winning goal after a shot by Patrick Bursee (West Nyack, N.Y.) had hit the post. Doherty was in position to poke the puck in for a 4-3 lead.

Doherty scored his seventh goal of the season off another rebound from a Dan Nelson shot to give the Mules a 5-3 margin at 6:26 of the third period. Colby kept that lead until Billy Crinnion (Long Island, N.Y.) scored an empty net goal with 37 seconds to play.

Colby first-year forward Nick Lanza (Rocky Hill, Conn.) notched his first collegiate goal at 9:51 of the first period to give the Mules an early lead.

"It was a rebound goal where he was going hard to the net, definitely a skill goal." Tortorella said. "It was nice to see Nick perform well since he hasn't gotten a lot of time this year."

Williams bounced back to take its only lead at 2-1 when Cody Skinner (Katy, Texas) tallied unassisted at 10:28 of the opening period and Mike Brofft (Spring City, Pa.) added another goal about five minutes later.

Colby's Wil Hartigan (Arlington, Mass.) tied the game at 2-2 just 1:13 after Brofft had given the Ephs the lead. The Mules went ahead for the second time when Jack Bartlett (Lynn, Mass.) scored on a pretty power play goal off passes from Crinnion and Bursee for a 3-2 lead.

"That was a great power play goal," Tortorella said. "Billy stick-handled through three or four guys and got the puck to Bursee, who slid it across to Jack for the goal."

Colby goaltender Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.) earned his 35th career victory for the Mules with 20 stops.

The Mule have won five of the last six games after starting the season slowly.

"It's really the make-up of our league. It's a tough grind week in and week out," Tortorella said. "I've always felt the key month of the season is January where you have a chance to accumulate a lot of points --- and we've done that."

Colby 6, Williams 3

Williams              2#1#0---3

Colby                    2#2#2---6

1st period

C: Nick Lanza (Jack Bartlett, Nick Kondiles), 9:51

W: Cody Skinner, 10:28

W: Mike Brofft (Justin Troiani, Evan Dugdale), 15:23

C: Wil Hartigan (Cory McGrath, Patrick Bursee), 16:36

2nd period

C: Jack Bartlett (Billy Crinnion, Patrick Bursee), 10:17, PP

W: Justin Troiani (Bryden McGhee, Mark Lyons), 17:40, PP

C: Mike Doherty (Patrick Bursee, Nick Trepp), 19:23

3rd period

C: Mike Doherty (Dan Nelson, Billy Crinnion), 6:26

C: Billy Crinnion (Wil Hartigan, Jesse Lehman), 19:23, EN

               Shots: Williams 23, Colby 36. Power play: Williams 1-3, Colby 1-5. Goalies: Ryan Purdy (Williams, 46:26, 5 GA, 27 saves) and Sean Donnelly (Williams, 12:11, 0 GA, 3 saves); Cody McKinney (Colby, 60:00, 3 GA, 20 saves). Cody McKinney (Colby, 60:00, 3 GA, 20 saves).

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