Raiders Rally for Three in Third, Earn Clarkson Draw

Raiders Rally for Three in Third, Earn Clarkson Draw

POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Colgate men's ice hockey team scored three goals in a furious third period comeback Saturday night to force a 4-4 tie in overtime with the No. 7/7 Clarkson Golden Knights at Cheel Arena.
 
Bobby McMann (Wainwright, Alberta) scored both his goals in the third period, including the game-tying goal, while Josh McKechney (Calgary, Alberta) also found the back of the net in the third. Tyler Jeanson (Carman, Manitoba) scored as well for the Raiders with his first period tally.
 
Senior goaltender Bruce Racine (Bethesda, Maryland) made a career-high in saves for the second straight night, stopping 38 of the 42 shots he faced just one night after making 34 saves at St. Lawrence.
 
Heading into the third period, Colgate trailed Clarkson 3-1 before McMann put home his first of the night 5:22 into the period. Trevor Cosgrove (Exeter, New Hampshire) fired the puck on goal where John Snodgrass (Eagan, Minnesota) redirected it on net. The puck ricocheted out to McMann on the weak side where he buried the rebound past Clarkson goaltender Jake Kielly.
 
Clarkson re-gained a two-goal lead on Kelly Summers' second goal of the game just 2:31 later but Colgate quickly took back over to tie the game later in the period. McKechney put the Raiders back within a goal of the Golden Knights with 9:22 to go in the period. Mike Panowyk (Whitby, Ontario) fired a shot on goal and the rebound dropped right in front of the crease where McKechney pounced on the puck and cleaned up the rebound.
 
McMann notched his second goal of the period to tie the game 4-4 with 4:48 to go in the period. Adam Dauda(Kitchener, Ontario) started the breakout in the defensive zone with a pass to Ross Craig (South Glengarry, Ontario) on the right boards. McMann streaked into the offensive zone on a breakaway before backhanding the puck past Kielly with the game-tying goal.
 
Shortly after netting the late equalizer, McMann nearly won the game for the Raiders after he collected a Clarkson turnover in the slot but his shot went just over the crossbar and off the end boards.
 
In the overtime period, Racine took his play to another level to keep the game tied 4-4 as he made five saves. One of Racine's biggest saves of the entire game came as time was expiring and he turned away a Summers shot last second blast.
 
The Golden Knights initially took a 1-0 nearly midway through the first period on Summers' first goal of the game with Summers firing home a shot from the point.
 
Despite allowing the early goal, Racine was locked in and made 13 of his career-high 38 saves in that first period to keep the Raiders within a goal.
 
Jeanson evened up the score for the Raiders early in the second period as he beat Kielly for his fourth of the season off a great feed from Paul McAvoy (Richmond, Kentucky).
 
Clarkson's Sheldon Rempal potted a pair of goals in the second period as the Golden Knights extended their lead to two goals following Jeanson's goal to make it a two-goal lead.
 
BOTTOM LINE
Colgate 4, Clarkson 4 (OT)
 
WIN/LOSS RECORDS
The Raiders remain fifth in ECAC Hockey with their record moving to 12-13-5 (8-8-2 ECAC Hockey) while the Golden Knights are now tied for second with a record of 19-6-5 (11-3-4 ECAC Hockey)
 
KEY RAIDER INFO
-Colgate scored four goals in a game for the first time since netting four against Princeton on Jan. 6
-Saturday night's three-goal third period was Colgate's fourth such period of the season and first since netting three in the first period of a 5-1 win at Western Michigan on Nov. 25
-McMann tallied his third career multi-goal game his two goals against Clarkson
-It was McMann's first game with multiple goals since his hat trick at Western Michigan on Nov. 25
-McKechney netted his third goal of the season and second in the past three games
-Jeanson is now second among Colgate rookies with four goals this season as he scored his first goal since Jan. 6 against Princeton
-Panowyk recorded an assist to extend his point streak to four games, the longest point streak of his career
-Racine recorded 38 saves to set a career-high in saves for a second straight game
-Starting back-to-back games for the first time in his career, Racine led the nation with 72 saves this weekend as he recorded his first career tie
-Cosgrove picked up an assist Saturday night to give him three assists this weekend and five in the past four games
-In just his third game of the season, Craig notched his second assist to tie his freshman year assist total before he missed the remainder of the season with an injury
-Dauda moved into a tie for second on the team with 15 points by tallying his seventh assist of the season
-Snodgrass extended his team lead in assists to 14 with a helper on McMann's first goal, tying him with Dauda for second on the team with 15 points
-Ben Sharf (Williamsville, New York) and McAvoy each have seven points this season with assists Saturday night
-Tyler Penner (Winnipeg, Manitoba) picked up his third assist of the season to give him a career-high four points
 
FACTS AND FIGURES
-Clarkson held a 42-21 advantage in shots but the Raiders were within one shot at 10-9 in the third period, scoring three times on those nine shots
-Both teams scored power-play goals Saturday night as Colgate went 1 for 2 and Clarkson went 1 for 1
-The Raiders were just edged out in faceoffs, 32-31, and were led by McKechney with nine faceoff wins
 
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Don Vaughan
"I'm just proud of our guys. Clarkson's a really good hockey team, they're not one of the top teams in the country by mistake. I was proud that we stuck with it tonight. Anytime you can come back from a two-goal deficit in the third period says a lot about the character of your hockey club."
 
"What can you say about Bruce Racine? Here's a guy that hasn't had a lot of minutes but continues to work hard in practice every single day, works on his craft for exactly this moment: the opportunity to come in and help his teammates. It was an unbelievable job and I'm really happy for him that he was able to come in and do what he did."
 
"I'm proud of the fact that we get out of here with a point. It could end up being a huge point down the road. We got some great individual efforts tonight. Obviously Bobby McMann was a man amongst boys out there for a lot of tonight. Our freshman played well, Cosgrove was really good on the back end. It's not a win but it feels like that sometimes. In the way we came back, it's a pretty special night for a lot of our guys."
 
"You hope that Bobby realizes what he's capable of doing. If it's going to come, this is the perfect time for it to happen. What we all saw just reinforced what he's capable of doing in a game. He can take it over and he did that tonight. He could have had the game-winner right after he tied it with the turnover right in the slot, he had the goalie dead to rights but just put it over the top of the net. He's a pretty special player."
 
UP NEXT
Colgate men's ice hockey returns to the Class of 1965 Arena next weekend for senior weekend, starting with Yale on Friday night at 7 p.m. followed by Senior Night on Saturday as 7 p.m. against Brown.