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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 11, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Wil Hartigan's (Arlington, Mass.) continued success on the power play and more strong goaltending by Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.) helped the Colby College men's hockey team to a 4-2 win over rival Bowdoin College in ECAC East/New England Small College Athletic Conference play Friday night at a full house at Alfond Rink.
Colby improves to 5-2 overall and won its fifth straight game, while 10th-ranked Bowdoin lost for the first time in falling to 5-1. The Mules have won three straight home games over Bowdoin and stand at 3-0-1 against the Polar Bears in the last four years on home ice. Colby has allowed Bowdoin to score just four goals in those four games at Alfond Rink.
The Mules and Bowdoin will play again Saturday at 7 p.m. in Brunswick in the non-conference game between the two teams. The Mules will play Bowdoin for the first time in the Sidney Watson Arena. Colby did play Salve Regina earlier this year in the building, but did not play Bowdoin last year in the new building.
"Playing Bowdoin is like free adrenaline," Colby head coach Jim Tortorella said. "The games just create that adrenaline. Tomorrow won't be like a typical Saturday game where you feel tired from the night before. The guys will be juiced with that adrenaline."
McKinney stopped 36 shots, including 29 saves in the final two periods in winning his 24th career game at Colby. Meanwhile, Hartigan scored his fifth power play goal of the season after Bowdoin had scored two straight goals in the third period to cut Colby's lead to 3-2. Hartigan tallied with 5:26 left from in between the circles off assists from Mike Doherty (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Dan Nelson (Northbrook, Ill.).
"Wil is a quiet player around the puck and he is always around it," Tortorella said. "Right now he's feeling very confident about scoring goals."
Colby had taken a 3-0 lead into the third period and oddly had Bowdoin take four straight penalties from the end of the second period and in the first five minutes of the final period. The Mules for a good portion of that time had a five-on-three advantage and could not score a goal.
The momentum of the penalty killing may have helped Bowdoin's offense. The Polar Bears scored 8:27 into the third period when Robert Toczylowski (Reading, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal from Owen Smith (Brunswick, Maine) and Brendan Reich (Montvale, N.J.) on the power play. The Polar Bears got right back in the game after Leland Fidler (Waltham, Mass.) had a tip-in with 7:05 to play from Aaron O'Callahan (Glencoe, Ill.) and Mitch Dillon (Aurora, Ontario).
Bowdoin, though, took a penalty just 13 seconds later and Hartigan came up with his big goal to clinch the win.
After the Polar Bears got off to a solid start in the opening 10 minutes of the game, Colby scored two goals in the final 10 minutes. Crinnion scored off the power play on a high shot that goalie Richard Nerland (Calgary, Alberta) got a piece of with his upper body. Hartigan and Nelson were credited with assists on the play.
Doherty's breakaway goal after winning a puck off the boards put the Mules up 2-0 with 5:34 to play. Crinnion, who had three points on the night, and Michael Belliveau (Bridgewater, Nova Scotia) had assists. Doherty nearly had a shorthanded goal and was a dominant player in the early periods when Colby got up 3-0.
"Mike is capable of being a factor on every shift," Tortorella said. "Tonight he was a factor and Billy Crinnion was a factor and Cody McKinney was as well. I like how our high end players stepped up and played at a high level."
Jeoff Jarnot (Concord, N.H.) scored the lone goal of the second period with just 2:10 to play for a 3-0 Mule lead. He was on the right side of the goal and took a perfect centering pass from Cory McGrath (Yarmouthport, Mass.). Crinnion had the other assist on the goal.
Colby 4, Bowdoin 2
C: Billy Crinnion (Wil Hartigan, Dan Nelson), 12:03
C: Mike Doherty (Michael Belliveau, Billy Crinnion), 14:26
C: Jeoff Jarnot (Cory McGrath, Billy Crinnion), 17:50
B: Robert Toczylowski (Owen Smith, Brendan Reich), 8:27
B: Leland Fidler (Aaron O'Callahan, Erik Olson), 12:55
C: Wil Hartigan (Mike Doherty, Dan Nelson), 14:34
Shots: Bowdoin 38, Colby 27. Goalies: Richard Nerland (Bowdoin, 58:52, 4 GA, 23 saves); Cody McKinney (Colby, 60:00, 2 GA, 36 saves).