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Sullivan, Rauseo lead men's hockey to big season opener victory

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Geoff Sullivan scored with 2:49 left in overtime and fellow senior EJ Rauseo had the other goal to lift Colby College to a 2-1 victory over Middlebury College in NESCAC men's hockey Friday night at Alfond Rink.

The Mules open the season at 1-0 heading into a tough 3 p.m. home game with 13th-ranked Williams College on Saturday. The Panthers (0-1) play at Bowdoin College on Saturday at 4 p.m. Williams took a 4-3 win over the Polar Bears.

Sullivan scored arguably his biggest collegiate goal when the Mules put some pressure on in Middlebury's zone. Sullivan was near the right boards and had a tough angle on the game-winning shot. Rauseo and Kienan Scott, who had his first collegiate point, had assists on the play.

The Mules nearly won the game with just over four minutes left in the overtime session. Michael Rudolf was just off the right post when a puck took a bounce to him. He tried to swipe the puck into the net, but the shot went through the crease.

After a scoreless first period, Rauseo scored on the power play at 14:31 of the second period off assists from Kai Frankville and Kevin Doherty. 

Middlebury, though, scored at 16:02 when Colby goalie Andrew Tucci, who earned a win in his first collegiate start, got caught behind his cage. Panther first-year Trevor Turnbull scored into the empty net off an assist from classmate Mitchell Allen.

Tucci was credited with 17 saves, while Middlebury goalie Stephen Klein had 28 saves.

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