WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's hockey team had four leads in the game, only to watch Wesleyan University battle back each time in a 4-4 overtime tie in NESCAC play Saturday at Alfond Rink.
Colby took its fourth lead of the game on a spectacular goal. Michael Rudolf (pictured) quickly got the puck to Michael Decker in the Mules' zone. Decker hit a perfect pass to a streaking Thomas Stahlhuth at center ice. Stahlhuth skated over the blue line, split two defenders, and scored his first collegiate goal by beating Wesleyan goalie Dawson Sprigings with just 2:23 left in regulation.
Wesleyan had a 3-0 advantage in shots on goal in the overtime session. Tucci made terrific saves on all three shots by Andy Espinoza, Tyler Watt, and Sean Ross.
The Cardinals had the better of play in the first period, but Colby held a 1-0 lead at intermission. Rudolf passed the puck to Burton, who went to the left corner and managed to get a centering pass to Scott. The puck went off Scott's stick and hit off a Wesleyan defender for his fourth goal of the season.
The Mules went up 2-1 on Mario Benicky's third of the year at 17:46 of the second period. JP Schuhlen's centering pass from behind the goal found Benicky for a one-timer. Mark Leprine also had an assist on the goal.
Wesleyan's second goal came against Colby goalie Sean Lawrence, who played 2:25 after Tucci had to leave the game with a broken skate blade.
Wesleyan, again, fought back with another quick goal after the Colby score. The Cardinals won a face-off in their own end and scored on a transition play. Hunter Vannier scored off a tough angle from the right side just 49 seconds after the Mule goal.
Scoring by Period - WES 0-2-2-0=4; CLB 1-1-2-0=4
Scoring - 1, CLB Kienan Scott/4 (Jack Burton/8, Michael Rudolf/1) 13:06
Penalties - Kai Frankville, CLB (Holding) 16:40
Scoring - 2, WES Quincy Oujevolk/2 (Chad Malinowski/7, Jordan Jancze/3) 3:29
3, CLB Mario Benicky/3 (J.P. Schuhlen/4, Thomas Stahlhuth/2) 17:46
4, WES Chad Malinowski/2 (James Kline/9, Walker Harris/4) 18:50 (PP)
Penalties - Kai Frankville, CLB (Hooking) 8:11; Theo Tydingco, WES (Tripping) 12:29; Scott Fenwick, CLB (Elbowing) 18:13
Scoring - 5, CLB Michael Rudolf/2 (Kienan Scott/3, Mark Leprine/5) 1:08
6, WES Hunter Vannier/2 (Tyler Kobryn/1) 1:57
7, CLB Thomas Stahlhuth/1 (Michael Decker/2, Michael Rudolf/2) 17:37
8, WES Tyler Kobryn/2 (James Kline/10, Mike Yablong/4) 18:18
Penalties - Cam MacDonald, CLB (Slashing) 5:43
Scoring - None
Penalties - None
Wesleyan Goaltending - Dawson Sprigings (65:00, 33 shots, 29 saves, 4 GA)
Colby Goaltending - Andrew Tucci (62:35, 25 shots, 22 saves, 3 GA); Sean Lawrence (2:25, 1 shots, 0 saves, 1 GA)
Tie - Dawson Sprigings, WES (6-3-1). Tie - Andrew Tucci, CLB (5-3-2).
Shots On Goal - WES 8-9-6-3=26; CLB 8-11-14-0=33
Power Plays - WES 1 of 4; CLB 0 of 1
Penalties - WES 1 (2 min); CLB 4 (8 min)