|Colby College||Wesleyan University|
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The 13th-ranked Colby College men’s hockey team bounced back from a tough overtime loss on Friday night to take a 3-2 win over Wesleyan University on Saturday in NESCAC play.
The Mules improve to 11-6-4 overall and 9-4-3 in the league, while the Cardinals fall to 12-6-4 and 7-5-4 in the conference. Colby will finish the regular season with home games against Connecticut College on Friday at 7 p.m. and Tufts University at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Mules have not lost a home conference game this season.
Colby goaltender Sean Lawrence stopped 36 shots and Michael Rudloff had a pair of goals against the Cardinals. Wesleyan had a 38-25 shot advantage, but the Mules went up 2-0 to take control.
After a scoreless opening period, Rudolf scored his sixth of the season from Cam MacDonald and Phil Klitirinos at 2:24 of the second period. MacDonald has 10 assists on the season.
MacDonald’s fifth goal of the year at 3:52 of the third period put Colby up by two scores. Mark Leprine and EJ Rauseo had assists on the play.
After a Mule hooking penalty, Wesleyan cut the margin in half at 5:41 on a goal from Cam McCusker.
Rudolf scored the eventual game-winning goal at 8:25 from Leprine and Klitirinos’ 14th assist of the season.
Wesleyan pulled its goaltender and made it interesting when James Kline scored with just 42 seconds to play.