Maine Hockey Journal

Colby makes it lucky 13 with win over Tufts

The Colby College men’s hockey team is unbeaten in the last 13 games after scoring early in each period as the Mules took a 5-3 victory over Tufts University on Saturday at Alfond Rink in New England Small College Athletic Conference play.

Colby moves to 10-2-3 overall and is now 10-0-3 in the last 13 games. The 1961-62 Colby team has the all-time unbeaten streak school record at 19 games (17-0-2). Tufts falls to 8-7-1 overall.

The Mules scored in the opening 1:31 of each period to stay in front for good. Mike Doherty (Lynnfield, Mass.) tallied just 1:02 in the contest, but the Jumbos tied things up at 2:41 on a goal by Zach Diaco (Rumson, N.J.). Colby went ahead 2-1 at the first intermission when Tom McGinn (St. Albans, Vt.) scored at 6:53.

Nick Kondiles (Lake Forest, Ill.) scored just 30 seconds into the second period to make it 3-1 and then the first-year combination came up with another goal when Michael Smigelski (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) tallied off assists from classmates Kondiles (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Cory McGrath (Yarmouthport, Mass.) at 16:38. Tufts cut the margin to 4-2 when Mike Vitale (Brookfield, Ill.) scored with 2:07 to the second intermission.

The early third period Colby goal came from Jesse Lehman (Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) at 1:31. Tufts once again answered at 3:54 on a score by Trevor John (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), but neither team managed a goal in the final 16 minutes.

Cody McKinney (Weston, Fla.) stopped 16 shots for the Mules, while Scott Barchard (Reading, Mass.) had 30 saves for the Jumbos.

(courtesy of Colby College)

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