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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 16, 2007
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. --- The Colby College men's hockey team stands one win away from winning the New England Small College Athletic Conference regular season title after posting a 3-1 victory over Saint Michael's College on Friday night.
The Mules move into sole possession of first place in the NESCAC with an 11-6-1 record. Bowdoin and Middlebury are both at 10-6-2, Amherst is 10-7-1 and Wesleyan is 9-6-3. Colby gets a tough test Saturday in the regular season finale with a 4 p.m. game at Norwich University.
Patrick Rutherford had assists on all three goals for Colby (13-7-2). Greg Osborne picked up his 20th goal of the season to become the first Colby player since Scott Richardson in the 1999-2000 season to get 20 goals or more in a year.
Ryan Chrenek and T.J. Kelley each had goals in the second period to give Colby the lead for good. Osborne got his goal about six minutes into the third period.
Ben Grandjean stopped 14 shots for the Mules.
Colby 3, Saint Michael's 1
St. Michael's 0#0#1----1
C: Ryan Chrenek (Patrick Rutherford, Greg Osborne), 10:19
C: T.J. Kelley (Patrick Rutherford, Matt Strickland), 16:22
C: Greg Osborne (Patrick Rutherford), 6:02
SM: Ryan Mero (John Burns), 10:20
Shots: Colby 38, St. Michael's 15. Goalies: Ben Grandjean (Colby, 15 saves); Erik Smith (SM, 35 saves).