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Stahlhuth's goal lifts Colby to third straight win over rival Bowdoin

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's hockey team beat Bowdoin College for the third straight game and Thomas Stahlhuth scored the biggest goal of his career with the game-winning score with 9:05 to play in a 4-2 win on Friday night at Alfond Rink.

The Mules improve to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the NESCAC, while the Polar Bears drop to 2-4 and 1-2 in the league. The two teams will meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. in Brunswick.
Game highlights
* Stahlhuth scored his first goal of the season and his fourth career goal with 9:05 to play. Mule tri-captain Michael Rudolf won a face-off to the left of Bowdoin goalie Alex Zafonte. Rudolf won a loose puck behind the net and came out to get the puck to Stahlhuth in the slot for the score.
* Colby tri-captain Phil Klitirinos closed out the scoring with four seconds remaining with an empty net goal. Griffin Fadden had the assist on the play.
* The Polar Bears scored first at 7:24 of the opening period on a nice rush up the ice by Austin Ricci, who ended up scoring shortly afterward. Ronnie Lestan stole a puck from a defender and pushed a quick pass to Spencer Antunez, who one-timed a pass to Ricci coming in on goal for the tipped shot.
* The Mules also had a nice transition on their first goal from Cam MacDonald, who ended up with the assist on the play. In a battle behind the goal to the left, a Bowdoin defenseman kicked the puck backwards directly to MacDonald, who pushed a quick pass to Kienan Scott for a tough angle shot from the left side.
* Colby went up for the first time at 2-1 on Michael Decker's first goal of the year and his fourth career score. Klitirinos came from behind the net on the play to get the puck to Decker, who tried to squeeze a pass in the middle. The puck was knocked away by Zafonte, but Decker was still charging in and stuffed the puck in at the left post.
* Bowdoin tied the game just 2:36 later on some strong checking work by Camil Blanchet, who got the secondary assist. Blanchet twice won a puck on the boards, with the second win going to Michael Brown behind the net. Brown came in around the right post for a wraparound pass to Daniel McMullan at the left post for a one-timer in front.
By the numbers
* Colby goaltender Sean Lawrence (pictured above) finished with 34 saves, while Zafonte also played well in his first Colby/Bowdoin game with 31 stops. 
* The two teams had no penalties in the opening period, but combined for 10 (5 each) in the third period.
* Colby has won four of the last five games against the Polar Bears, including a sweep of the games last year.