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Men's hockey beats No. 13 Amherst, in first place in NESCAC

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's hockey team exploded for three goals in the final 10:08 of the third period to pull out a 5-2 victory over 13th-ranked Amherst College on Saturday at Alfond Rink.

The Mules move to 10-5-4 overall and 8-3-3 in the NESCAC. Colby is tied with Williams College for first place in the conference. Amherst dropped to 11-5-3 and 6-5-3 in the league.

Colby moved to 6-0-1 in home conference games after a weekend sweep. The Mules took a 1-0 win over seventh-ranked Hamilton College on Friday.

Colby scored on the power play at 9:52 of the third period to go ahead for good. Jack Burton did a fine job of keeping the puck in the zone on the right wall. The puck came out to Michael Rudlof, who ripped a shot for the game-winning score.

Burton also had an assist on the fourth goal at 11:24. He pushed a pass off the right boards to JP Schuhlen, who went on a two-on-one with fellow first-year Kienan Scott. Schuhlen pushed a pass over to Scott, who immediately got the puck back to Schuhlen for the score.

The Mules scored a second goal on the power play when Cam MacDonald (pictured) tallied off a long rebound. Kai Frankville took the original shot and had an assist along with EJ Rauseo.

The rest of the scoring came in the opening period and started at 3:08 on a Colby transition. Dan Dupont passed the puck to Phil Klitirinos, who caught Thomas Stahlhuth in stride. Stahlhuth skated over the blue line and had his shot slightly deflect off an Amherst defenseman and into the right corner of the goal.

The Purple & White tied the game at 1-1 at 14:02. Noah Gilreath chased down a puck to the right corner and made a cross as he was falling down. Jack Fitzgerald was able to get a stick on the puck and the shot was saved by goalie Andrew Tucci. The rebound, however, went to Joey Lupo on the left post for the score.

Colby scored its second goal thanks to some fine checking in Amherst's zone. MacDonald took a shot that deflected to Kevin Doherty, whose shot was saved. However, the rebound went right to Rauseo on the right post for the goal.

Amherst scored its second goal off a face-off in Colby's zone. Gilreath's shot from the left point was saved by Tucci, but David White was at the right post to hammer in the rebound.

Tucci finished with 29 saves in pushing his record to 7-3-3. Connor Girard made 27 stops for Amherst.

Rudlof won 19 of his 30 face-off attempts for Colby.


Scoring by Period - AMH 2-0-0=2; CLB 2-0-3=5

1st Period
Scoring - 1, CLB Thomas Stahlhuth/3 (Phil Klitirinos/10, Dan Dupont/2) 3:08
2, AMH Joey Lupo/4 14:02
3, CLB EJ Rauseo/5 (Cam MacDonald/9, Kevin Doherty/5) 18:43
4, AMH David White/8 (Noah Gilreath/8, Thomas Lindstrom/8) 19:47 (PP)
Penalties - Griffin Fadden, CLB (Elbowing) 4:54; Jack Fitzgerald, AMH (High-Sticking) 7:36; Kai Frankville, CLB (Tripping) 14:02; Michael Rudolf, CLB (Tripping) 19:16

2nd Period
Scoring - None
Penalties - Jack Fitzgerald, AMH (Hooking) 2:27; Noah Gilreath, AMH (Tripping) 8:49; Tyler Granara, AMH (Hooking) 9:28; Chris Roll, AMH (Delay of Game) 13:36; Mark Leprine, CLB (Cross-Checking) 15:37

3rd Period
Scoring - 5, CLB Michael Rudolf/5 (Jack Burton/12, Phil Klitirinos/11) 9:52 (PP) (GW)
6, CLB J.P. Schuhlen/3 (Kienan Scott/4, Jack Burton/13) 11:24
7, CLB Cam MacDonald/4 (EJ Rauseo/8, Kai Frankville/3) 12:38 (PP)
Penalties - Patrick Daly, AMH (Interference) 4:09; Cam MacDonald, CLB (Roughing) 4:55; Patrick Daly, AMH (Interference) 9:20; David White, AMH (Slashing) 12:23; Colin Reilly, CLB (Elbowing) 12:52

Amherst Goaltending - Connor Girard (60:00, 32 shots, 27 saves, 5 GA)

Colby Goaltending - Andrew Tucci (59:35, 31 shots, 29 saves, 2 GA); Empty Net (0:25, 0 GA)

Win - Andrew Tucci, CLB (7-3-3). Loss - Connor Girard, AMH (6-5-3).

Shots On Goal - AMH 13-7-11=31; CLB 7-12-13=32

Power Plays - AMH 1 of 6; CLB 2 of 8

Penalties - AMH 8 (16 min); CLB 6 (12 min)

New Records - Colby 10-5-4, Amherst 11-5-3

Referees: Steve Benoit, Michael Komich  Linesmen: Nick Payeur, Josh Vanderhaar

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