Three Third Period Goals Lift Colby Past Amherst, 5-2

Three Third Period Goals Lift Colby Past Amherst, 5-2

WATERVILLE, Maine – A pair of Brendan Burke '16 goals was not enough as Colby College scored three times in the third frame to help lift the Mules to a 5-2 victory over Amherst College in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC men's ice hockey game in Waterville, Maine.

Amherst (3-5-4, 2-2-3 NESCAC)
Colby (5-5-3, 3-4-1 NESCAC)


  • In the first period, Colby drew first blood when Devin Albert netted the first of his three goals four minutes into the game on the power play to give the Mules a 1-0 lead. Geoff Sullivan and Michael Decker provided the assists on the play.
  • Amherst answered just 2:52 later when Burke potted his first goal of the season following passes from Patrick Arena '16 and Kevin Ryder '16 to even the contest at 1-1.
  • Albert struck again at the 13:24 mark to give Colby a 2-1 lead as Cam MacDonald and Sullivan provided the helpers on the goal.
  • Colby held a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal in the first period and took its one goal lead into the second period.
  • The Purple & White held the run of play in the second stanza and outshot the Mules, 13-8 in the session.
  • Burke picked up his second goal of the contest following feed from Ryder and Thomas Lindstrom '18 at the 7:17 mark. The goal knotted the game at 2-2 and was the only scoring of the second period.
  • In the third period, Colin Reilly broke the deadlock with what proved to be the game-winner when he received passes from Kevin Doherty and Jack Burton just 2:26 into the frame to give Colby a 3-2 edge.
  • Mario Benicky notched an insurance goal 2:05 later with Michael Rudolf and EJ Rauseo assisting on the play, while Albert registered his hat trick goal at the 15:14 mark to give him eight markers for the season. Nick O'Connor and MacDonald recorded the assists on Albert's goal which secured the Mules' 5-2 win.
  • Dave Cunningham '16 (2-2-4) finished with 30 saves, including 14 in the third period in the losing effort. Emerson Verrier (5-5-3) picked up 23 stops including 12 in the second frame to help seal the victory for Colby.
  • The Mules, who were 1-for-6 on the power play, held a 35-25 advantage in shots on goal in the in the contest.


  • Amherst returns to NESCAC action next Saturday, January 16 when it travels to Tufts University for a 7 p.m. contest in Medford, Mass.
  • Colby is back in action Friday, January 15 at Trinity College for a 7:30 p.m. NESCAC showdown.