BRUNSWICK, Maine - Nick Lanza netted a hat trick to lead the Colby men's ice hockey team to a 4-2 win over Bowdoin on Saturday evening at Watson Arena.
The Mules (2-2-1) and Polar Bears (1-2-1) split their annual home-and-home series as Colby defeated Bowdoin for just the second time in the last ten meetings between the teams. For his efforts, Lanza was named the Pete Schuh Memorial Award recipient as MVP of the Bowdoin-Colby game played in Brunswick.
After almost 30 minutes of scoreless play, Colby got on the scoreboard first when a shot from Ray Zeek rebounded off Steve Messina's pads into the slot, where Nick Lanza wristed the loose puck into the net at 9:58 of the second frame. Bowdoin almost answered immediately, as Matt Rubinoff took the ensuing faceoff directly into the Colby zone and rang a shot off the crossbar. Minutes later, Zeek hit the post with a weak-side chance for the Mules. Bowdoin replied with a pair of great chances, but Colby goaltender Sam Parker made a leg-pad save on a shot from John McGinnis and then gloved a slapshot from Ryan Collier to maintain the one-goal lead for the visitors heading into the third period.
The Mules doubled their lead just 1:24 into the third frame on a 2-on-0 breakaway. Matt Gelnaw left a drop-pass for EJ Rauseo, who tapped it into the net for two-goal Colby lead. The Mules made it 3-0 just minutes later when Nick Lanza threaded through traffic on the power play at 3:43. Bowdoin momentarily cut into the lead when Kendall Culbertson scored his second goal of the season from the right dot at 4:46. But the Mules countered 18 seconds later when Lanza took control of a turnover in the Bowdoin zone and wristed a low shot past Messina to regain the three-goal edge.
The Polar Bears drew closer at 8:21 when Brendan Conroy forced a turnover along the boards and found Matt Rubinoff in between the circles, who tucked it inside the post to make it 4-2. Bowdoin had a chance to draw even closer, as they garnered three power play chances in the final eight minutes, but couldn't convert.
Parker made 35 saves in net for the Mules while Messina stopped 20 for Bowdoin. Bowdoin held a 37-24 edge in shots but went 0-4 on the power play. Colby went 1-3 with the extra man.
Bowdoin will return to action Tuesday at the University of New England while Colby returns to the ice next Saturday at home against UMass Dartmouth on the opening day of the Bowdoin/Colby Faceoff Classic at 4:00 p.m. in Waterville.