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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 30, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College and University of Southern Maine men’s hockey teams went more 30 minutes without a goal, but the Huskies scored three times in the final 6:06 of the second half as USM took a 5-2 win on Friday night at Alfond Rink.
Southern Maine improves to 9-9 overall, while the Mules fall to 5-9-3 and 3-7-2 in New England Small College Athletic Conference play.
Chris Travis (Scituate, Mass.) had three goals and one assist to lead the Huskies. Travis started the scoring at 13:54 and then Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario) tallied at 16:41. Travis made it 3-0 after two periods with his second goal at 17:48. Conter had assists on both of the goals by Travis in the period.
Travis helped the Huskies pull away to a 4-0 margin with an unassisted shorthanded goal just 3:19 into the final period.
The Mules scored at 6:42 on Wil Hartigan’s (Arlington, Mass.) goal, but USM bounced right back when Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.) tallied off a pass from Travis. Chris Talbert (Hinesburg, Vt.) and Greg Valenski (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) had assists on Hartigan’s goal.
Colby closed out the scoring with a goal by Matt Strickland (Leduc, Alberta) with 5:07 to play off an assist from Jeoff Jarnot (Concord, N.H.).
While Travis was the offensive threat, USM goalie Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine) stopped 33 shots. He had 10 or more saves in all three periods.
Southern Maine 5, Colby 2
USM: Chris Travis (Kyle Smith, Paul Conter), 13:54
USM: Paul Conter (Steve Wiedler, Zach Joy), 16:41
USM: Chris Travis (Paul Conter, Mike Carpenter), 17:48
USM: Chris Travis, 3:19
Colby: Wil Hartigan (Chris Talbert, Greg Valenski), 6:42
USM: Zach Joy (Chris Travis), 7:13
Colby: Matt Strickland (Jeoff Jarnot), 14:53
Shots: USM 27, Colby 35. Goalies: Cody McKinney (Colby, 37:48, 3 GA, 14 saves) and Dean Feole (Colby, 22:12, 2 GA, 8 saves); Jamie Gilbert (USM, 60:00, 2 GA, 33 saves).