Jeffs Stunned by Mules in Third, Settle for 3-3 Tie

Courtesy of Colby Sports Information


WATERVILLE, Maine – Conor Brown ’16 continued his hot weekend in Maine with two more goals but the Colby College men's hockey team stunned 11th-ranked Amherst with three third-period goals in a span of 3:15 to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 3-3 overtime tie in NESCAC play Saturday at Alfond Rink.

Riding a 6-3 win over second-ranked Bowdoin College on Friday night, Amherst (12-5-3, 8-4-2 NESCAC) seemed to have the Mules (4-13-3, 2-10-2 NESCAC) under control until the third period as Brown sent in a pair of goals sandwiching the first intermission.

With under three minutes to play in the first, the rookie forward cashed in on the power play with seniors Dylan Trumble and Mike Moher assisting. Brown added a second 4:30 into the second with Moher and Johnny Van Siclen ’13 earning helpers. The Jeffs padded their lead just 1:21 later when Brian Safstrom ’14 struck on an assist from Mike Rowbotham ’15.

But in a wild comeback, Colby's top line of Ben Chwick, Cory McGrath, and Nick Lanza started things off at 6:22 of the third on Chwick's seventh goal of the season. McGrath, Colby's co-captain, had his 12th assist on the play and Lanza dished his 11th.

The Mules made it 3-2 just five seconds later when Spike Smigelski took a pass from Ray Zeek and scored his third of the season.

Smigelski added his fourth goal at 9:37 from Zeek and Chris Kennedy to tie the game and force Amherst into a timeout.

Jordan Nathan, who came in the game after Amherst's third goal, finished with 22 saves in 39:09 of action for Colby. He stopped 13 shots in the third period and four more in overtime. Meanwhile, Amherst goalie Nathan Corey ’13 stopped 29 shots.

Amherst will be back on the road next weekend, beginning with a 7 p.m. clash at Tufts on Friday, Feb. 8.