Mar 03, 2018
Courtesy of Colby Sports Information
HARTFORD, Conn. - No. 6 Colby College advanced to its first NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey title game and enacted some revenge on No. 5 Wesleyan University in a 5-1 semifinal contest on Saturday at Trinity College.
The Mules, now 4-0-2 in their last six games, will play the semifinal winner between Trinity and Williams in the title game Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Northeast Sports Network at https://www.nsnsports.net/
Blaise MacDonald, Colby's Jack Kelley Head Coach of Men's Hockey, also earned his 300th career win as a head coach. He hopes to make it 301 on Sunday.
The 2017-18 team will carry the hopes of former Colby men's hockey players who came so close to making the title game. Since the NESCAC started a playoff system in the 2000-01 season, Colby had made seven appearances in the semifinals without taking the next step to the final.
The Mules lost to Wesleyan in a NESCAC quarterfinal game at Alfond Rink last year. Colby was 0-1-1 against the Cardinals (13-8-5 overall) this season. The tie was part of the current unbeaten streak after Colby (14-10-2) had dropped to 10-10 overall.
* Sean Lawrence once again showed why he is one of the top goaltenders in Division III with 39 saves. He has allowed just seven goals in the last six games. Included in that streak was a 3-0 home win over Trinity.
* Senior tri-captain Dan Dupont had his shot tipped in by Hewson for Colby at 3:51 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. Phil Klitirinos had the other assist on the play for his 18th of the season.
* Wesleyan tied the game at 1-1 at 14:40 of the first period on a five-on-three power play. Sean Ross scored off a rebound from a shot by Chad Malinowski.
* Colby had all the goals from that point, including the game-winning score from Hewson at 17:15 of the opening period. His slap shot went upper right and glanced off the goal post. Nick O'Connor and All-NESCAC defenseman Michael Decker had his 15th assist.
* After a scoreless second period, Kienan Scott gave the Mules some breathing room at 3-1 just 50 seconds into the final period. He was on the left hand side and his wrist shot went into the upper part of the goal on the far side. Decker and Andrew Reis had assists on the score.
* Cam MacDonald all but clinched the victory with his 13th goal of the season with 9:14 to play. He skated past a Wesleyan defenseman and ripped a shot past Sestak. Justin Grillo and Mark Leprine had assists.
* The Mules scored on a 5-on-3 power play of their own with 5:03 remaining. Klitirinos scored his eighth of the season off a rebound from a shot by O'Connor. Hewson had the secondary assist.
By the numbers
* Lawrence improved to 13-7-2 this season with 15 saves in the first period, 14 in the second, and 10 more in the third.
* Sestak stopped 34 shots for the Cardinals.