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Men's hockey opens new season Friday with experienced team

WATERVILLE, Maine -- With the top 10 scorers all back on the ice, the Colby College men's hockey team will have winning expectations heading into the 2016-17 season.

The Mules will start the season Friday at home against Middlebury College at 7 p.m. Colby gets another test Saturday at 3 p.m. at Alfond Rink against 13th-ranked Williams College. All men's hockey home games will be webcast at http://www.nsnsports.net/colleges/colby/
 

"We seem to have a group determined to explore their potential to lofty heights," Colby head coach Blaise MacDonald said. "We have a great group of seniors that are doing a wonderful job of leading and setting the course for the season. Like all seasons, you must be willing and able to adjust to your environment and circumstances and move forward on a consistent basis."

The Mules have so much experience on the roster that Geoff Sullivan (Topsfield, Mass.) and EJ Rauseo (Methuen, Mass.) will be co-captains for the second straight year.  Rauseo is Colby's active career scoring leader with 26 goals and 28 assists for 54 points. Rauseo was fourth in scoring (4 goals, 12 assists) and has 20 goals and 31 assists for 51 career points. Sullivan has 30 career assists from his spot on defense.
 

"We return many players that played in big moments and played big quality minutes, so this experience should serve us well," MacDonald said. "I do think our greatest asset is our quality depth across the board and this will lend itself to competitive practices and competition to see who is in the line-up on the weekends."

Cam MacDonald (Westford, Mass.), the son of the head coach, led the Mules (9-11-5 overall in 2016) in scoring with six goals and 14 assists for 20 points as a sophomore. Devin Albert (Reading, Mass.) was second on Colby in scoring last year with 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points.
Nick O'Connor (5 goals, 7 assists, Canton, Mass.), Michael Rudolf (5 goals, 5 assists, Zug, Switzerland), Kevin Doherty (3 goals, 5 assists, Wakefield, Mass.), and Mario Benicky (3 goals, 5 assists, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia) are top scorers returning on the forward line.
 

Seniors Colin Reilly (2 goals, 4 assists, Pelham, N.Y.) and Scott Fenwick (2 goals, 2 assists, Quispamsis, New Brunswick) also return as forwards along with juniors Griffin Fadden (1 goal, 1 assist, Concord, Mass.) and Phil Klitirinos (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec). Sophomores John Rourke  (1 goal, Wellesley, Mass.) and Zack Hale (1 assist, Minneapolis, Minn.) also return.

Colby's defense is just as experienced as the offense, with seven players returning. Senior Jack Burton was third on the team in scoring with seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points. Burton was recently named one of three star players in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) by the New England Hockey Journal.
 

Geoff Sullivan (pictured, Topsfield, Mass.) was fifth in scoring with two goals and 13 assists. He will bring senior leadership along with Burton and Kai Frankville (1 goal, 2 assists, La Jolla, Calif.). Juniors Michael Decker (2 goals, 9 assists, Algonquin, Ill.), Dan Dupont (2 assists, Wallingford, Conn.), and Andrew Reis (Burlington, Ontario) will play major roles. Sophomore Thomas Stahlhuth (3 assists, St. Louis, Mo.) also returns.

While Andrew Tucci (Toronto, Ontario) will start in goal as a first-year, he has experience. He played junior hockey last year with the Hawkesbury Hawks of the Central Canada Hockey League (CJHL). Sophomore goalies Mack Burton (Columbus, Ohio) and Robbie DeAngelo (Boston, Mass.) also return.
 

Tucci is one of six first-year players to join the veteran team. Mark Leprine (New Fairfield, Conn.) is the one first-year player to join the defense. Kienan Scott (Spokane, Wash.), JP Schulen (Longmeadow, Mass.), Paddy Daley (Sudbury, Mass.), and Robert Cerepak (Saddle River, N.J.) are forwards.

 
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