Crinnion's goal leads men's hockey to win

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 24, 2009
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Billy Crinnion

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Billy Crinnion (Smithtown, N.Y.) scored with just 59 seconds left in the game and then Colby College held off University of Southern Maine the rest of the way for a 3-2 victory in men's hockey play at Alfond Rink on Tuesday night.

First-year forward Cory McGrath (Yarmouthport, Mass.) and Mike Doherty (Lynnfield, Mass.) had the assists on the game-winning goal. Doherty picked up a loose puck at the left of the goal, found some space to slightly come out, and then found Crinnion all alone on the right side of the goal for a pretty score.

Colby improves to 1-2 overall, while Southern Maine falls to 1-2.

Pat Noonan (Burlington, Mass.) had the lone goal of the first period off assists from David Nies (Windham, N.H.) and Craig Perham (Arudel, Maine) for USM.

Crinnion scored the first of his two goals at 10:54 of the second period to knot the game at 1-1 off passes from Doherty and Michael Bellieveau (Bridgewater, Nova Scotia). The Mules went ahead for the first time when Wil Hartigan (Arlington, Mass.) scored his second goal of the season from Dan Nelson (Northbrook, Ill.) and Michael Smigelski (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) on the power play at 13:37 of the second period.

The Mules had little time to celebrate before USM's Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.) tied the game at 2-2 at 15:41 from Chris Travis (Scituate, Mass.) with a power play goal.

Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.) stopped 25 shots for Colby, while Koray Celik (Ile-bizard, Quebec) had 24 stops for USM.

Colby 3, Southern Maine 2

Southern Maine               1#1#0---2

Colby                                     0#2#1---3

1st period

USM: Pat Noonan (David Nies, Craig Perham), 11:22

2nd period

C: Billy Crinnion (Mike Doherty, Michael Belliveau), 10:54

C: Wil Hartigan (Dan Nelson, Michael Smigelski), 13:37

USM: Zach Joy (Chris Travis), 15:41

3rd period

C: Billy Crinnion (Cory McGrath, Mike Doherty), 19:01

                Shots: Southern Maine 27, Colby 27. Goalies: Cody McKinney (Colby, 60:00, 2 GA, 25 saves); Koray Celik (USM, 59:05, 3 GA, 24 saves).




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