HAMILTON – Kevin McKernan scored at the 5:12 mark of the third period to break a 2-2 tie and lift No. 4 Quinnipiac to a 3-2 victory over Colgate in ECAC Hockey action Friday at Starr Rink.
McKernan netted his first goal of the season with a wrist shot from the top of the right point that found its way through traffic and past keeper Charlie Finn’s right shoulder to keep the Bobcats undefeated on the season.
Tim Clifton staked Quinnipiac to a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a redirect of a Thomas Aldworth pass at the top of the crease for his third goal of the season.
Sam Anas doubled the Bobcats margin to 2-0 with 6:50 elapsed in the second period, firing a snap shot over Finn’s glove from the middle of the slot for his fourth of the campaign.
Sebastian Weberg sliced the Raiders deficit in half just a little less than five minutes after Anas’ tally, stuffing home a rebound on a shot by sophomore Evan Peterson for his second goal of the season to make it a 2-1 contest.
Tim Harrison tied the game at 2-2 just 26 seconds later, gaining possession of the puck at center ice and converting a breakaway opportunity for his third goal of the season.
Michael Garteig picked up his seventh victory of the season for Quinnipiac, stopping 24 shots. Finn finished with 31 saves for Colgate.
No. 4 Quinnipiac 3, Colgate 2
– Quinnipiac remained undefeated on the season, improving to 7-0-0 overall and opening league play at 1-0-0.
– Colgate moved to 3-5-0 and 0-1-0 with the setback.
Key Raider Info
– Harrison scored his third goal in the last four contests with his unassisted tally in the second.
– Weberg picked up his first career goal at Starr Rink with his rebound tally.
– Sophomore Evan Peterson recorded his third point of the season and first assist of the campaign with the lone helper on Weberg’s goal.
– Finn made 30 or more saves for the second straight contest and fourth time this season.
Inside the Box Score
– Quinnipiac out-shot Colgate, 34-26, during the contest. The Raiders held a 14-9 margin in the first period, but the Bobcats enjoyed a 25-12 advantage during the last two periods.
– Both teams were held without a power play goal during the game. Colgate was 0-for-3 and Quinnipiac 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
– Quinnipiac posted a slim 27-26 advantage in faceoffs won. Travis St. Denis led all players with 10 wins at the dot while Tylor Spink was 9-of-17 to pace Colgate.
– Alex Miner-Barron fired a game-high six shots for Quinnipiac. Tyson Spink and Hunter Racine led the Raiders with four shots each.
‘gate One Timers
– The Raiders moved to 0-3 this season in one-goal contests. Each of the Raiders last two setbacks has been by a single goal.
– Colgate slipped to 1-5-0 in 2015-16 when allowing 30 or more shots in a game.
– The Raiders were held without a power play goal for just the second time this season and moved 0-2-0 when that occurs.
– Colgate dipped to 0-4-0 when its opponent scores first this season. The Raiders have allowed the first goal in each of the past three contests.
– The Raiders are now 0-4-0 this season when scoring three goals or fewer.
From the Source
Colgate Head Coach Don Vaughan
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“I thought we played well enough to win. Charlie (Finn) made some stops when we needed him to, but so did (Michael) Garteig for them. Even though the shots were a little bit skewed, I thought we had some great looks in the first period.
“The one thing we got to continue to work on is we can’t give pucks away. Anas’ goal was a bad turnover. It was a bad turnover on the game-winning goal as well. Against good teams like that, when you put the puck in a grey area, they’re going to capitalize.”
– Colgate hosts Princeton in a 7 p.m. ECAC Hockey contest at Starr Rink.
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