WATERVILLE, Maine – Colby College’s Jake MacDonald scored a short-handed goal with 2:15 left in the third period and lifted the Mules to a 4-3 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Colby’s Jack Kelley Rink on Friday night.
Hamilton dropped to 5-6-0 overall and 3-3 in the conference. The Mules improved to 7-3-0 and 5-1 in the NESCAC.
How It Happened
Colby held a slim 1-0 edge after two periods. The teams scored three goals apiece in a wild third period. Colby led 3-0 after Dan Juzych scored at 6:28 in the third. Ben Zimmerman ’26 started the Continentals’ comeback 34 seconds after Juzych’s goal. Carson Hall ’26 and Nate Hawkins ’23 were credited with the assists. Max Bulawka ’26 pulled Hamilton within one at 11:41 on assists by Alex Danis ’26 and Matt Gellerman ’24. The Continentals went on a five-minute power play with 6:57 remaining when the Mules received a major penalty for boarding. Logan Greene ’24 drew Hamilton even on a power-play goal with 3:34 to go. Hall and Fred Allaire ’23 had the assists. MacDonald scored the game-winner with 18 seconds left on Colby’s five-minute major penalty. The Continentals pulled their goaltender for an extra skater in the final minute but managed just one shot on goal.
Hawkins leads Hamilton with seven assists and he and Allaire are tied for the team lead with eight points. Bulawka, who recorded his third goal and seventh point, won 10 of 16 faceoffs. Greene has three goals in his last two games. Hall registered his first multi-point game with two helpers. Gellerman collected his first assist this season. Charlie Archer ’25 made 19 saves for Hamilton. Andy Beran turned away 26 shots for the Mules.
The Continentals aim to return to the win column on Saturday, Jan. 7 when they play another NESCAC contest at Bowdoin College (8-1-1, 4-1-1). The puck drops at 3 p.m.