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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 7, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men’s hockey team sits alone on top of the New England Small College Athletic Conference standings after taking a 3-1 win over rival Bowdoin College before a packed crowd at Alfond Rink on Friday night.
The Mules move to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the NESCAC after both teams came into the game tied for first place in the league. Bowdoin falls to 4-2 and 3-2 in league play. Colby and the Polar Bears meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bowdoin’s Dayton Arena in a non-conference game.
Colby, winners of three straight games, had three first-year players come up big in their first taste of the rivalry with Bowdoin. Goaltender Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.) made 26 saves in improving to 4-0. Meanwhile, first-year forward Billy Crinnion (Smithtown, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal at 15:24 of the second period. Wil Hartigan (Arlington, Mass.), another first-year player, added an assist on Colby’s opening goal.
Bowdoin first-year forward Ryan Leary (Marblehead, Mass.) gave his team a 1-0 lead at 17:58 of the first period off assists from Mike Corbelle (Byfield, Mass.) and Ryan Blossom (Concord, N.H.). Leary has seven goals in six games for Bowdoin.
The Mules tied the game at 1-1 just 2:02 into the second period when Mike Butler (Saint John, New Brunswick) scored his fifth goal of the season off an assist from Hartigan.
T.J. Kelley (Ridgefield, Conn.) won a loose puck to Josh Reber (Edina, Minn), who found Crinnion on a one-timer in front of the net at 15:24 of the second period.
Kelley clinched the win for Colby with an empty net score with 18 seconds left off assists from Reber and Ryan Chrenek (Grande Prairie, Alberta).
A key moment for the Mules came in the second period when Bowdoin had a two-man advantage for 1:24 and was unable to score a goal with the score tied 1-1.
Bowdoin goalie Paul DeCoster (Averill Park, N.Y.) also played well with 29 saves and just two goals allowed.
Colby 3, Bowdoin 1
Bowdoin (PP): Ryan Leary (Mike Corbelle, Ryan Blossom), 17:58
Colby: Mike Butler (Wil Hartigan), 2:02
Colby: Billy Crinnion (Josh Reber, T.J. Kelley), 15:24
Colby (Empty net): T.J. Kelley (Josh Reber, Ryan Chrenek), 19:42
Shots: Bowdoin 27, Colby 32. Goalies: Paul DeCoster (Bowdoin, 58:52, 2 GA, 29 saves); Cody McKinney (Colby, 60:00, 1 GA, 26 saves).