Maine Hockey Journal

Colby has a fresh outlook in 2009

Gorham, ME – Colby College was looking to get back into the win column, stopping a six-game winless streak and did so in blue-collar fashion by beating the University of Southern Maine, 4-1 at the USM Ice Arena.

The win was Colby’s first win on the road as they’ve gone 0-3 to this point in the season; in fact, Colby’s last win came back on Nov. 22 when they defeated Babson College, 3-2 at Alfond Arena.

“The biggest thing we were struggling with and something we wanted to (focus) on was a concerted effort,” said Colby head coach Jim Tortorella. For us we needed to sustain (our focus) and play a good 60 minutes of hockey.”

Colby was in complete control for the first period, scoring twice in the first 20 minutes.

The Mules getting early pressure on USM would open the scoring at 2:51 of the first period when Matt Rappaport fired a quick shot from the left face-off circle, beating freshman goalie Koray Celik for the 1-0 lead.

At 7:31, the Mules made it 2-0 as Billy Crinnion scored his third goal of the season, picking up his own rebound, slamming by Celik on the inside post, which turned out to be the game-winning goal. Rappaport was credit with assist on the play.

“(Rappaport) is kind of a spark plug and (Billy) Crinnion and (Karl) Burns are our more skilled guys and we really haven’t found our combinations yet, but I like this line a lot,” said Tortorella.

In the second period, Colby made 4-0 with a pair of goals from Brendan Shea and Wil Hartigan.

At 1:24, Shea picked up the rebound from Michael Doherty and flipped it over Celik for the 3-0 lead for Colby.

The Mules extended the lead to 4-0 on a goal from Wil Hartigan at 4:10 of the third period.

“This was huge,” said Colby forward Matt Rappaport.” “The (win) was huge for us… we were on a losing streak and any win you have to pumped about. We’ve got a good team and we pulled together tonight.”

USM finally did get on the board, but by then the damage was despite the Huskies controlling much the second half of the game.

Dan Rautenberg, who’s missed the last six games with a shoulder injury, returned to the line up tonight and not a minute to soon. Just 1:26 after Colby made it 4-0, Rautenberg found the back of the net, beating Colby goalie Cody McKinney with a blistering slapshot off the faceoff.
“The beginning (of the period) he was feeling his way through, but he had a nice goal and has nine points in four games,” said USM coach Jeff Beaney.

McKinney would stop 31 of 32 shots for the win, while USM goaltender Koray Celik made 24 saves on 28 shots in taking the loss.

USM will be right back to action on Tuesday when play a conference game against Framingham St. at USM Ice Arena.

Colby will off til next Friday when they travel to New Hampshire for a pair of games against St. Anselm and New England College.

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