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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 27, 2010
BRUNSWICK, Maine --- Spike Smigelski scored the game-winning goal with 4:01 remaining in the third period to lift the Colby College men's ice hockey team to a 3-1 win over Suffolk University on Saturday afternoon at the opening game of the Bowdoin-Colby Faceoff Classic at Sidney J. Watson Arena.
The Mules earn their first win of the season and stand at 1-3. Colby will play host to the U.S. Under-18 Team in an exhibition game Sunday at Alfond Rink at 3:30 p.m. Suffolk, which falls to 4-4 overall, will take on Bowdoin in the first game at noon. Colby's game will be Webcast at: http://www.firstteambroadcasting.com/events/2010/11/28/mens-ice-hockey-colby-vs-usa-under-18/
After a scoreless first period, the Rams jumped ahead in the second period when Max Barron collected a loose puck chipped out of the Suffolk defensive zone and, despite being tripped from behind, tipped the puck past Cody McKinney at 4:37. Colby evened the score just under three minutes later when Dan Nelson took a back-door feed from Cory McGrath to even the contest at 7:12. Wil Hartigan also had an assist on the play.
Suffolk had the better of play in the early portion of the third period, but McKinney survived a flurry of shots to set up Smigelski's clincher. The game-winner came late in the period as the sophomore forward collected the puck between the circles and slipped it inside the right post for the go-ahead tally. McGrath picked up his second assist of the day and Brendan Cosgrove had his first collegiate point with an assist.
First-year Ben Chwick added an empty-netter and his first collegiate goal with one second remaining in the third period off assists from Billy Crinnion and Mike Doherty.
McKinney finished with 22 saves and Suffolk's Jeff Rose made 25 stops.
Colby 3, Suffolk 1
S: Max Barron (Tom Coulstring), 4:37
C: Dan Nelson (Cory McGrath, Wil Hartigan), 7:12
C: Spike Smigelski (Cory McGrath, Brendan Cosgrove), 15:59
C: Ben Chwick (Billy Crinnion, Mike Doherty), 19:59, PP
Shots: Suffolk 23, Colby 28. Power play: Suffolk 0-5, Colby 1-4. Goalies: Jeff Rose (Suffolk, 59:00, 2 GA, 25 saves); Cody McKinney (Colby, 60:00, 1 GA, 22 saves).