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No. 13 men's hockey bounces back with road win over Cardinals

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The 13th-ranked Colby College men's hockey team bounced back from a tough overtime loss on Friday night to take a 3-2 win over Wesleyan University on Saturday in NESCAC play.

The Mules improve to 11-6-4 overall and 9-4-3 in the league, while the Cardinals fall to 12-6-4 and 7-5-4 in the conference. Colby will finish the regular season with home games against Connecticut College on Friday at 7 p.m. and Tufts University at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Mules have not lost a home conference game this season.

Colby goaltender Sean Lawrence stopped 36 shots and Michael Rudloff had a pair of goals against the Cardinals. Wesleyan had a 38-25 shot advantage, but the Mules went up 2-0 to take control.

After a scoreless opening period, Rudolf scored his sixth of the season from Cam MacDonald and Phil Klitirinos at 2:24 of the second period. MacDonald has 10 assists on the season.

MacDonald's fifth goal of the year at 3:52 of the third period put Colby up by two scores. Mark Leprine (pictured) and EJ Rauseo had assists on the play.

After a Mule hooking penalty, Wesleyan cut the margin in half at 5:41 on a goal from Cam McCusker. 

Rudolf scored the eventual game-winning goal at 8:25 from Leprine and Klitirinos' 14th assist of the season. 

Wesleyan pulled its goaltender and made it interesting when James Kline scored with just 42 seconds to play.

Colby 3, Wesleyan 2

Scoring by Period - CLB 0-1-2=3; WES 0-0-2=2

1st Period
Scoring - None
Penalties - Cole Morrissette, WES (Hooking) 0:58

2nd Period
Scoring - 1, CLB Michael Rudolf/6 (Cam MacDonald/10, Phil Klitirinos/12) 2:24
Penalties - Quincy Oujevolk, WES (Tripping) 0:21; Jack Burton, CLB (Holding) 11:07; Michael Rudolf, CLB (Holding) 14:36

3rd Period
Scoring - 2, CLB Cam MacDonald/5 (Mark Leprine/7, EJ Rauseo/9) 3:52
3, WES Cam McCusker/8 (Chad Malinowski/13, Walker Harris/11) 5:41 (PP)
4, CLB Michael Rudolf/7 (Mark Leprine/8, Phil Klitirinos/13) 8:25 (GW)
5, WES James Kline/8 (Walker Harris/12, Theo Tydingco/3) 19:18 (EA)
Penalties - J.P. Schuhlen, CLB (Hooking) 4:54; Robby Harbison, WES (Boarding) 11:45; Chad Malinowski, WES (Hooking) 15:10; Nick O'Connor, CLB (Roughing) 16:59

Colby Goaltending - Sean Lawrence (59:57, 38 shots, 36 saves, 2 GA); Empty Net (0:03, 0 GA)

Wesleyan Goaltending - George Blinick (58:45, 25 shots, 22 saves, 3 GA); Empty Net (1:15, 0 GA)

Win - Sean Lawrence, CLB (4-3-1). Loss - George Blinick, WES (5-2-1).

Shots On Goal - CLB 12-4-9=25; WES 12-11-15=38

Power Plays - CLB 0 of 4; WES 1 of 4

Penalties - CLB 4 (8 min); WES 4 (8 min)

New Records - Colby 11-6-4, Wesleyan 12-6-4

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