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Men's hockey gives tough battle to Trinity in playoff loss

HARTFORD, Conn. — Colby College goaltender Emerson Verrier kept his team in the game with 44 saves in the Mules’ 3-1 loss at second-seeded Trinity College in a NESCAC quarterfinal game Saturday.

Colby ends the season at 9-11-5 overall, while the Bantams (19-5-1) will now host the NESCAC Final Four after eighth-seeded Tufts University stunned top-seeded Williams College in another quarterfinal game.
Verrier stopped 22 shots in the first period when the Bantams put 23 shots on goal to seventh-seeded Colby’s five. The shot totals were closer the rest of the way, with Trinity holding a slight edge at 24-22. Verrier made numerous difficult saves in finishing the season with 730 stops.
The Bantams led 1-0 after the first period on Mark Knowlton’s third goal of the season. Sean Orlando skated behind Colby’s net and found Knowlton in the slot for a one-timer.
Orlando picked up his 15th assist when he found Michael Hawkrigg just inside the blue line for
Trinity’s second goal of the game and a 2-0 margin after 40 minutes.
The Mules were able to get some sustained pressure in Trinity’s zone and fired a few shots on goalie Alex Morin. Jack Burton scored his seventh goal for Colby after pushing in a rebound at 8:16 of the third period. Colin Reilly and Mario Benicky were credited with assists.
Trinity’s third goal at 15:37 came off a turnover near the Mules’ blue line. Orlando pushed a quick pass to Hawkrigg on a two-on-one and got the return pass for his ninth goal of the season. Orlando played a part in all three goals with one goal and two assists.
Colby pulled Verrier with 2:30 left in the game, but could not get a second goal.
Trinity 3, Colby 1

Scoring by Period – CLB 0-0-1=1; TRN 1-1-1=3

1st Period
Scoring – 1, TRN Mark Knowlton/3 (Sean Orlando/14, Michael Hawkrigg/8) 13:39
Penalties – None

2nd Period
Scoring – 2, TRN Michael Hawkrigg/2 (Sean Orlando/15, Mark Knowlton/4) 6:04 (GW)
Penalties – Colin Reilly, CLB (Holding) 11:01; Cam MacDonald, CLB (Interference) 14:19

3rd Period
Scoring – 3, CLB Jack Burton/7 (Colin Reilly/4, Mario Benicky/5) 8:16
4, TRN Sean Orlando/9 (Michael Hawkrigg/9) 15:37
Penalties – None

Colby Goaltending – Emerson Verrier (57:30, 47 shots, 44 saves, 3 GA); Empty Net (2:30, 0 GA)

Trinity Goaltending – Alex Morin (60:00, 27 shots, 26 saves, 1 GA)

Win – Alex Morin, TRN (12-2-0). Loss – Emerson Verrier, CLB (9-11-5).

Shots On Goal – CLB 5-11-11=27; TRN 23-11-13=47

Power Plays – CLB 0 of 0; TRN 0 of 2

Penalties – CLB 2 (4 min); TRN 0 (0 min)

New Records – Trinity 19-5-1, Colby 9-11-5

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