Maine Hockey Journal

Travis’ hat trick propels Southern Maine over Colby

Waterville, ME — Junior Chris Travis (Scituate, Mass.) recorded the second hat trick of his career Friday night to lead the University of Southern Maine to a 5-2 victory over Colby College in an ECAC East-NESCAC inter-league game played at Alfond Rink.

The win was the second straight for the Huskies, and levels their records at 9-9-0 overall and 6-6-0 in league play. The Mules had their three-game unbeaten streak (1-0-2) stopped, and fall to 5-9-3 overall and 3-7-2 in league games. It is the fifth straight game between the two teams that the visiting team has prevailed.

The Huskies, paced by Travis’s first two goals, erupted for three scores in a span of 3:54 late in the second period to break open a scoreless game. Travis potted the game’s first goal at 13:54 off assists from senior Kyle Smith (Auburn, Maine) and sophomore Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario).

Conter doubled USM’s advantage at 16:41 with a power-play goal, set up by sophomores Zach Joy (Dover, N.H.) and Steve Wiedler (Farmingville, N.Y.).

Travis capped off the outburst at 17:48 with his second goal, assisted by Conter and sophomore Mike Carpenter (Minot, Maine).

Travis, who now eight goals on the season, finished off his hat trick with an unassisted short-handed goal at 3:19 of the third period. His previous hat trick came in December 2007 against Salem State College. He would pick up an
assist on a goal by Joy later in the period.

Colby finally got on the board at 6:42 of the third period when sophomore Wil Hartigan (Arlington, Mass.) scored his third goal of the season to make it 4-1. Junior Matt Strickland (Leduc, Alberta) closed out the scoring for the
Mules at 14:53. Both Colby goals came on the power play.

Southern Maine senior goalie Jamie Gilbert (Lewiston, Maine), making his first appearance since January 9, stopped 33 shots to pick up the victory.

Sophomore Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.) started for Colby and had 14 saves before being lifted late in the second period in favor of senior Dean Feole (Windham, N.H.). Feole had eight saves over the final 22 minutes.

Southern Maine will travel to Brunswick, Maine, on Saturday (4:00 p.m.) to play Bowdoin College for the first time at the new Sidney J. Watson Arena.

Colby will entertain Salem State on Saturday (3:00 p.m.).

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