WATERVILLE, Maine -- Some area residents played on the Colby College men's hockey team that won the New England Small College Athletic Conference championship.
The Mules earned their first NESCAC title and are headed to the NCAA Division III Tournament after a wild 4-1 win over defending champion Trinity College on the Bantams' home ice on Sunday.
Sean Holly of Groton, Cameron MacDonald of Westford and Griffin Fadden of Concord all skated for the Mules.
Colby opened up a 2-0 lead and then had a miracle goal by Cam MacDonald on an impossible angle to make it 3-1 just 13 seconds after Trinity cut the lead to 2-1. MacDonald, who later added an empty-net goal, scored from behind the extended goal line after Trinity goaltender Alex Morin failed to cover the post.
The goal made Colby head coach Blaise MacDonald, Cam's father and the former UMass Lowell coach, a proud dad.
"I feel so blessed to have been together with Cam over his career. I'm very happy and proud of his work at Colby, on and off the ice," MacDonald said. "It has truly been a family affair this year with (son) Joe on the team as well."
Colby senior goalie Sean Lawrence was once again a force with 38 saves. He allowed just eight goals in the last seven Colby games (5-0-2).
Colby's players threw their gloves up in the air and mobbed Lawrence at the final siren.
"It's still an unreal feeling that is hard to describe in words," tri-captain Phil Klitirinos said. "We just wanted to represent Colby to the best of our abilities and we did that today.