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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 17, 2007
NORTHFIELD, Vt. --- The Colby College men's hockey team will settle for the third seed in the upcoming New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs after falling 4-2 to Norwich University on Saturday.
Colby will play host to sixth-seeded Connecticut College in a NESCAC quarterfinal game next Saturday at 4 p.m. at Alfond Rink.
The Mules could have earned the regular season title and home ice advantage throughout the NESCAC playoffs with a win Saturday. However, Norwich is traditionally one of the strongest Division III ice hockey programs in the country and are a tough team to beat on its home ice.
Colby gave the Cadets (19-6-0) a battle and had the game tied at 2-2 in the second period. Norwich led 1-0 after the first period and went up by two just 2:44 into the second period.
Matt Strickland scored off assists from Mike White and Jeoffrey Jarnot to help Colby (13-8-2) make it 2-1 at 7:29 of the second period. The Mules then tied the game at 2-2 when Patrick Rutherford scored an unassisted short-handed goal at 12:06 of the period.
With Norwich still on the power play after Rutherford's goal, the Cadets got the game winner just 52 seconds later on a goal by Craig Serino.
Ben Grandjean stopped 30 shots in goal for Colby.
Norwich 4, Colby 2
N: Rick Cleaver (Eric Lauriault, DJ Fimiani), 15:36
N: Eric Ouellette (James Duhamel, Billy Kasper), 2:44
C: Matt Strickland (Mike White, Jeoffrey Jarnot), 7:29
C: Patrick Rutherford, 12:06
N: Craig Serino (DJ Fimiani, Justin Wissman), 12:58
N: Craig Serino (DJ Fimiani, Raphael Robitaille), 10:12
Shots: Colby 24, Norwich 34. Goalies: Ben Grandjean (Colby, 60 minutes, 30 saves); David Thompson (Norwich, 60 minutes, 22 saves).
2007 Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Seeding
Quarterfinals Saturday, February 24 at higher seeds
No. 8 Trinity at No. 1 Bowdoin TBA
No. 7 Williams at No. 2 Middlebury 4:00 p.m.
No. 6 Connecticut College at No. 3 Colby 4:00 p.m.
No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Wesleyan 3:00 p.m.
Semifinals Saturday, March 3 at highest remaining seed 1:00/4:00 p.m.
Highest remaining seed vs. Lowest remaining seed
Remaining quarterfinal winners
Championship Sunday, March 4 1:00 p.m.