Spillane scores, men's ice hockey downed by Colby

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team completed its weekend at the Bowdoin/Colby Face-Off with a 5-1 defeat to Colby College on Sunday afternoon at Sidney J. Watson Arena on the campus of Bowdoin College.

Box Score

Cam MacDonald scored twice to lead the way for Colby (2-2-0), which also got a goal and an assist from Michael Rudolf on the afternoon. Sophomore Ryan Spillane scored his second of the year for Saint Anselm (4-4-0) late in the second period before the Mules added two third-period goals to record the four-goal victory.

Colby scored in the first 90 seconds and the final minute of the first period to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Rudolf found Andrew Reis for the opening goal after just 1:18 and found the back of the net himself at 19:12 to give the Mules a two-goal lead after one. Prior to Rudolf's late goal, senior Shane Joyce produced saves on a pair of Colby breakaways to keep it a one-goal game.

Midway through the second period, the Mules made it a three-goal lead as MacDonald scored 22 seconds into a power play after being set up by Kienan Scott and J.P. Schuhlen. Spillane got the Hawks on the board with 3:25 left in the second, launching the puck into the top-right corner from the left side off a feed from junior Jeremy Carignan.

Scott set up MacDonald for his second of the game at 9:41 of the third before Nick O'Connor added an empty-netter with 10 seconds remaining to finish the scoring.

Senior Brenden Cain made 14 saves over the final two periods in relief of Joyce, who posted 10 saves in the opening period. Sean Lawrence earned the victory for Colby by stopping 27-of-28 shots on the afternoon.

The final shot count was 29-28 in favor of Colby, despite the Hawks holding a 13-6 advantage in the second period. The teams combined for just five penalties in the game, with the Mules going 1-for-2 on the power play while keeping the Hawks off the board on three man-up attempts.

The game marked the first game for head coach Jim Tortorella against the program he led for 16 seasons. Tortorella is Colby's all-time winningest coach after going 230-138-33 behind the Mules' bench from 1995-2011.

Saint Anselm is back in action with a trip to Assumption for a 7:35 p.m. start on Tuesday, Nov. 28.