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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 5, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's hockey team had three players score their first goals of the season in battling from behind for a 3-2 win over Skidmore College on Saturday at Alfond Rink.
The Mules, who have allowed just 11 goals in six games, won for the fourth straight time in improving to 4-2 overall. Skidmore, which lost a tough 1-0 game at Bowdoin College on Friday, falls to 3-4 overall.
Mike Doherty (Lynnfield, Mass.), Colby's leading scorer from last year, made his first goal of this season a big one with 2:19 left in the third period off assists from Wil Hartigan (Arlington, Mass.) and captain Matt Strickland (Leduc, Alberta). Hartigan fed sent Doherty on a partial breakaway with the pass. Doherty was fending off a defender with his hip and managed to get in alone with the defender trying to ride him off the puck from behind. Doherty came in from the right side, crossed in front of the goal, and lifted a backhand shot for the game winner.
Skidmore had the opportunity to take Colby out of the game quickly in the first period. Alex Essaris (Dollard-Des-Ormaux, Que.) scored 6:51 into the game off a pass from Alex Radmin (Watchung, N.J.). The Thoroughbreds then made it 2-0 just 23 seconds later when Hunter Thayer (Shelburne, Vt.) tallied on a shorthanded goal off a pass from Alex Mykolenko (Kharkiv, Ukraine). The two goals forced the Mules into an early timeout.
Jared Crittenden (Fairport, N.Y.) made it 2-1 after one period with his first goal of the season at 11:06 of the first period. Nick Kondiles (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Mike Policinski (Shorewood, Minn.) had assists on the play.
Michael Belliveau (Bridgewater, Nova Scotia) tied the game at 2-2 with the lone goal of the second period at 6:09. Doherty and Billy Crinnion (Long Island, N.Y.) had the assists.
Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.), who has played every minute in goal in the opening six games, made 33 saves. He had 14 stops in the third period and made 12 in the second period. Colin Bessey (Montclair, N.J.) stopped 28 for Skidmore.
Colby 3, Skidmore 2
S: Alex Essaris (Alex Radmin), 6:51
S: Hunter Thayer (Alex Mykolenko), 7:14, SH
C: Jared Crittenden (Nick Kondiles, Mike Policinski), 11:06
C: Michael Belliveau (Mike Doherty, Billy Crinnion), 6:09
C: Mike Doherty (Wil Hartigan, Matt Strickland), 17:41
Shots: Skidmore 35, Colby 31. Goalies: Colin Bessey (Skidmore, 59:18, 3 GA, 28 saves); Cody McKinney (Colby, 60:00, 2 GA, 33 saves).