Men’s hockey season ends at Colby in NESCAC championship semis

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Colby College’s Quinn Doyle scored two goals and Andy Beran made 29 saves as the Mules defeated the Hamilton College Continentals in a 2022 NESCAC Men’s Hockey Championship semifinal at Colby’s Jack Kelley Rink on Saturday.

Hamilton entered the championship as the No. 5 seed and defeated Wesleyan University 3-2 in the quarterfinals on Feb. 27. The Continentals ended their season with an overall record of 11-10-1.

The nationally ranked No. 14 Mules (17-5-2 overall) are the top seed in this event. Colby moved on to the championship final against Trinity College on the Mules’ home ice on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m.

Hamilton’s Cade Groton ’23 led the offense with two goals. James Philpott ’25, Jordi Jefferson ’22 and Grisha Gotovets ’25 picked up two assists each. Fred Allaire ’23 won 16 of 26 faceoffs and Nick Rutigliano ’22 blocked three shots. Sean Storr ’22 collected 30 saves, his fifth game of the season with 30-plus stops.

The Mules struck first with 7:13 left in the first period on a goal by Jake MacDonald. Rutigliano drew the Continentals even on his eighth goal with 4:02 remaining in the first. The defenseman finished his Hamilton career with 14 goals and 36 points. Doyle put Colby back in front with 20 seconds to go in the first on his second goal of the tournament.

Hamilton evened the score 1:52 into the second period on Groton’s first goal, which came with 26 seconds left on a power play. The Mules went ahead for good at 8:29 of the second on a goal by Jake Klein. Colby’s Jacob Thousand put up another goal about four minutes later, and the Mules led 4-2. During those four minutes between Colby goals, the Continentals had a power play and took seven shots, including three on goal.

The Mules extended their advantage to 5-2 on Michael Thomas’ power-play goal with 9:41 remaining in the third period after a deflection by Storr. Allaire cut Hamilton’s deficit to two 47 seconds later with his fifth goal of the season after he corralled the rebound of his own missed shot.

Hamilton traded Storr for an extra skater with 2:18 to go and the Continentals found hope after Groton scored his second goal of the night and fifth this season with 1:36 left. But 30 seconds later, Doyle put the puck into an empty net and provided some insurance for Colby. The Continentals pulled Storr again with 44 seconds remaining, but Beran turned aside two shots in the last 30 seconds.

Philpott finished with a team-high 14 assists and Gotovets led Hamilton with 20 points on seven goals and 13 helpers.

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