Men’s Hockey Sweeps North Country Trip Against Two Ranked Teams
POTSDAM, N.Y. – Down 3-2 late in the third period and being called for a five-minute major, things looked bleak for the Colgate men’s hockey team, but the Raiders responded with a great comeback to beat 11th-ranked Clarkson 4-3 on the road.
Colgate (6-6-1, 4-2-0 ECAC) got goals from four different skaters. Darcy Murphy scored the game winner with five minutes left in the game, while Kyle Baun scored the tying goal 29 seconds earlier.
Clarkson (10-3-1, 4-2-0 ECAC) went off for a trip with 6:44 left, which set up a 4-on-4 situation after Colgate’s five-minute major. Baun took advantage with his fifth goal of the season coming from Spiro Goulakos to tie the game at 3-3. Murphy made it hurt more for the Golden Knights with his sixth of the year coming 29 seconds later to take the lead at 4-3.
The Raiders also got help down the stretch as Clarkson took two penalties in the final minutes and Colgate came away with the win.
Joe DiNallo led the Golden Knights with a goal and assist in the game. Greg Lewis had 17 saves in the loss.
The Raiders took the 1-0 lead midway through the first period with Brendan Corcoran scoring his first of the season with a wrister from the outside. Daniel Gentzler did a good job in front of the net to give Lewis trouble. The puck took a crazy bounce and went high on Lewis. Ryan Johnston slid the puck over to Corcoran for the shot and Tim Harrison was given an assist as well for his first collegiate point.
The Golden Knights evened the score with 21 seconds left in the first with Paul Geiger scoring from the high slot that beat Charlie Finn five-hole. There was pressure put on by Clarkson and the puck came free out to the high slot and Geiger fired a slapper that beat Finn to make it 1-1.
DiNallo continued the momentum for Clarkson, scoring 2:24 into the second period with assists from A.J. Fossen and Alex Boak. Colgate turned the puck over in the neutral zone and it turned into a low 2-on-1 for the Golden Knights and Fossen found DiNallo for the goal.
Clarkson increased the lead to 3-1 with 6:56 left in the second period. Colgate had a 3-on-3 rush up ice, but gave up the puck, which ended up in a 4-on-2 chance for the Golden Knights. James Howden made a nice drop pass to Joe Burton, who put it home past Finn.
The Raiders got two within one at 3-2 early in the final period. Harrison was given his second assist of the night after a nice pass over to Emilio Audi for his second goal of the season. Harrison earned his first multi-point game of the season with the assist.
Colgate then earned the win with Baun and Murphy’s tallies.
Charlie Finn got the win with 14 saves and was not tested in the third period much as he only had to make two stops. Both teams were scoreless on the power play as Colgate went 0-for-5, while the Golden Knights ended up scoreless on three chances.
The Raiders have won four of their last five games and take that momentum into next weekend at home against reigning national champion Yale on Friday and Brown on Saturday.