USM takes win over Colby men's hockey

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 5, 2006
GORHAM, Maine --- Chris Sparkes scored four goals as the University of Southern Maine men's hockey team took a 5-3 win over Colby College on Tuesday night in non-conference play.

Colby (3-2-1) had a 1-0 lead after the first period on a goal by Mike Policinski.

USM (4-3) scored three straight goals to take the lead for good in the second period. Sparkes tallied at 6:12 and 14:23, while teammate Kyle Smith scored at 17:43. The Mules did manage to make it a 3-2 game when T.J. Kelley scored on the power play at 18:27.

Sparkes put the Huskies back up  by two goals when he tallied just 37 seconds into the third period. Colby's Patrick Rutherford made it 4-3 with a goal at 2:10 on the power play, but Sparkes scored again at 17:21.

Southern Maine 3, Colby 1

Colby          1#1#1---3

USM            0#3#2---5

1st period

C: Mike Policinski (Josh Reber, Jared Crittenden), 15:58

2nd period

USM: Chris Sparkes (Bobby Siers, Mark Carragher), 6:12

USM: Chris Sparkes, 14:23

USM: Kyle Smith, 17:43

C: T.J. Kelley (Patrick Rutherford), 18:27

3rd period

USM: Chris Sparkes (Chris Travis), :37

C: Patrick Rutherford (Eric Simmons, Ryan Chrenek), 2:10

USM: Chris Sparkes (Bobby Siers, Chris Helms).

Shots: Colby 34, USM 34. Goalies: Ben Grandjean (Colby, 59:01, 29 saves); Ryan Sullivan (USM, 60 minutes, 31 saves).

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