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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 9, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine The Colby College men’s hockey team got big games from their three seniors as the Mules scored five unanswered goals in a 5-1 victory over league leader Wesleyan University in a New England Small College Athletic Conference/ECAC East game Friday night at Alfond Rink.
Colby’s seniors are in their final weekend of regular season play at home. The Mules will play host to Trinity College on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The three seniors -- Patrick Rutherford (Truro, Nova Scotia), Greg Osborne (Stoughton, Mass.) and goalie Ben Grandjean (Waterford, Conn.) -- all were instrumental in the win. Rutherford scored two goals, Osborne finished with one goal and three assists and Grandjean allowed just the one goal and had 22 saves.
Wesleyan (11-5-4, 9-4-3 NESCAC) led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Taylor Evans (Milton, Mass.).
Rutherford got his first goal at 14:22 of the second period to tie the game and less than two minutes later at 16:04 the Mules (11-7-2, 9-6-1) got the eventual game winner off the stick of defensemen Arthur Fritch (South Boston, Mass.) for a 2-1 lead after two periods.
Rutherford scored 4:14 into the third period for an insurance goal. Osborne tallied at 16:02 and Ryan Chrenek (Grande Prairie, Alberta), who also had two assists, scored at 17:27 for the final goal.
Wesleyan had been unbeaten in the last eight games with a 6-0-2 record.
Colby 5, Wesleyan 1
W: Taylor Evans (Will Bennett, Dallas Bossort), 13:19
C: Patrick Rutherford (Ryan Chrenek, Josh Reber), 14:22
C: Arthur Fritch (Greg Osborne, Joe Rothwell), 16:04
C: Patrick Rutherford (Ryan Chrenek, Greg Osborne), 4:14
C: Greg Osborne (Arthur Fritch, Josh Reber), 16:02
C: Ryan Chrenek (Greg Osborne, Jeoffrey Jarnot), 17:27
Shots: Wesleyan 23, Colby 32. Goalies: Mike Palladino (Wesleyan, 60 minutes, 27 saves); Ben Grandjean (Colby, 60 minutes, 22 saves).