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Men's hockey loses ranked team battle to Hamilton in tough 2-1 game

CLINTON, N.Y. -- The 14th-ranked Colby College men's hockey team had a great start against ninth-ranked Hamilton College, but the Mules could not produce another goal in a tough 2-1 setback on Friday.

The Mules are 5-3-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the NESCAC heading into Saturday's 3 p.m. game at Amherst College. The Continentals move to 9-0-2 overall and 4-0-2 in the league.

Colby's Phil Klitirinos (pictured) scored his fourth goal of the season on an unassisted tally just 2:14 into the contest.

The lone penalty of the period ended up hurting Colby. After a slashing call, the Continentals' Neil Conway scored his fifth goal of the season at 12:40 of the first period.

Neither team could manage a goal for the final 34:28 of the game after Hamilton's Robbie Murden scored at 5:32 of the second period.

Colby goaltender Sean Lawrence stopped 24 shots in his debut with the team. He is a transfer from Quinnipiac University. Hamilton's Evan Buitenhuis made 30 saves.

Hamilton 2, Colby 1

Scoring by Period - CLB 1-0-0=1; HAM 1-1-0=2

1st Period
Scoring - 1, CLB Phil Klitirinos/4 2:14
2, HAM Neil Conway/5 (Brandon Willett/4, Conor Lamberti/4) 12:40 (PP)
Penalties - Kienan Scott, CLB (Slashing) 11:44

2nd Period
Scoring - 3, HAM Robbie Murden/3 (Jon Carkeek/6, Brandon Willett/5) 5:32 (GW)
Penalties - Jon Carkeek, HAM (Tripping) 0:40; Thomas Stahlhuth, CLB (Boarding) 6:36; Ian Nichols, HAM (Tripping) 9:56; Nick O'Connor, CLB (Goaltender Interference) 11:01; Rory Gagnon, HAM (Roughing) 19:32

3rd Period
Scoring - None
Penalties - Jon Carkeek, HAM (Cross-Checking) 4:44; EJ Rauseo, CLB (Interference) 9:05; Brad Smelstor, HAM (Interference) 13:21; Jon Carkeek, HAM (Hooking) 14:32; EJ Rauseo, CLB (Tripping) 15:09

Colby Goaltending - Sean Lawrence (58:43, 26 shots, 24 saves, 2 GA); Empty Net (1:17, 0 GA)

Hamilton Goaltending - Evan Buitenhuis (59:50, 31 shots, 30 saves, 1 GA); Empty Net (0:10, 0 GA)

Win - Evan Buitenhuis, HAM (7-0-2). Loss - Sean Lawrence, CLB (0-1-0).

Shots On Goal - CLB 9-8-14=31; HAM 9-10-7=26

Power Plays - CLB 0 of 6; HAM 1 of 5

Penalties - CLB 5 (10 min); HAM 6 (12 min)

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