Men's hockey falls in NESCAC semifinal

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 3, 2007
BRUNSWICK, Maine --- The Colby College men's hockey team went into the third period tied up 3-3 with Middlebury College, but the Panthers scored the lone goal of the period to pull out a 4-3 win in a New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinal game Saturday at Bowdoin College's Dayton Arena.

Colby ends the season at 14-9-2. Middlebury, the three-time defending NCAA Division III champions, will take on Bowdoin in the NESCAC title game Sunday at 1 p.m. The Polar Bears took a 6-3 win over Amherst College in the other semifinal.

Scott Bartlett scored his second goal of the game with 5:50 left in the third period to put Middlebury (16-7-3) up 4-3. The Panthers are in the NESCAC title game for the eighth straight year and have won six championships during that time.

The Mules took a 1-0 lead in the game, but twice had to battle back later to tie the game. Arthur Fritch got the first of his two goals at 13:17 of the first period for the Mules. The Panthers, though, bounced back with goals by Tom Maldonado at 15:21 and Darwin Hunt at 18:23 to take a 2-1 lead into the break.

Joe Rothwell tied the score at 2-2 off an assist from Michael Belliveau at 4:20 of the second period on a four-on-four situation. The next two goals also happened when both teams were down one player. Bartlett answered just 20 second later with an unassisted goal for Middlebury. Fritch then got his second goal at 5:43 from Rothwell and Josh Reber.

Colby senior captain Greg Osborne had an assist on the first goal along with Ryan Chrenek. Osborne finished his Colby career with 48 goals and 57 assists for 105 points and was just recently named NESCAC Player of the Year. Reber, a junior, moved within two points of 100 with his assist and now has 24 goals and 74 assists. Fritch, the leading scorer among defensemen in Division III, now has 23 goals and 66 assists for 89 points in three seasons.

Colby and Middlebury finished in a tie in goals in the two meetings this year. The Mules took a 4-3 overtime win over the Panthers at Alfond Rink during the regular season.

Middlebury 4, Colby 3

Colby              1#2#0---3

Middlebury      2#1#1---4

1st period

C: Arthur Fritch (Greg Osborne, Ryan Chrenek), 13:17

M: Tom Maldonado (John Sales), 15:21

M: Darwin Hunt (Rich Fuld, Scott Bartlett), 18:23

2nd period

C: Joe Rothwell (Michael Belliveau), 4:20

M: Scott Bartlett, 4:40

C: Arthur Fritch (Joe Rothwell, Josh Reber), 5:43

3rd period

M: Scott Bartlett (Shane Mandes), 14:10

Shots: Colby 29, Middlebury 36. Goalies: Ben Grandjean (Colby, 58:25, 32 saves); Doug Raeder (Middlebury, 60:00, 26 saves).

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