On the Road Again
The No. 19 Colgate men’s ice hockey team hits the road for the first time in the 2018 calendar with a trip to Providence, Rhode Island, to face the Brown Bears on Friday before taking on the Yale Bulldogs in New Haven, Connecticut, Saturday night.
The Bears come into the weekend with a 5-8-3 record and are tied with Yale for seventh in ECAC Hockey with a 4-6-0 mark. Brown is winless in its last five games dating back to Dec. 6 but have three ties during that span. Brown is coming off back-to-back 4-4 ties at New Hampshire and at home against Maine. Brown’s last win came at Rensselaer in overtime, 5-4, on Dec. 2. Sophomore Brent Beaudoin leads the Bears with 13 points and nine assists, the only Brown men’s ice hockey player in double-digit points. Junior Tommy Marchin is the leading goal-scorer with seven goals and second with nine points, with six of his goals coming in ECAC Hockey play. The Bears are averaging just 2.44 goals per game this season. Sophomore Gavin Nieto has seen the bulk of time in goal for time in goal with a 4-6-0 record, 3.21 GAA and .902 save percentage; however, freshman Luke Kania has factored in three of the last four games.
Colgate owns the all-time series with the Brown Bears, posting a 56-25-6 record in 87 meetings dating back to the 1934-35 season. Last year, the Raiders and Bears split the season series with each home team winning their home game. Colgate’s 2-1 win over Brown at home was its first win in the series since the 2014-15 season, snapping a four-game winless streak. The Raiders are looking for their first win in Providence since that 4-2 win to close out the 2014-15 season series.
Yale is 7-8-0 this season with a 4-6-0 record in ECAC Hockey play, tied with Brown for seventh in league play. The Bulldogs have won back-to-back games with wins over New Hampshire at the Ledyard Classic in Hanover, New Hampshire, and at home last Friday against Massachusetts. Yale has won four of its last five games following a five-game losing streak in November. Junior Joe Snively has been on a tear this season, leading Yale with nine goals and 16 points while his seven assists are tied for second on the team. Senior Ryan Hitchcock is second with 11 points and first with nine assists, and freshman Dante Palecco is second on the team with six goals. Junior Sam Tucker has been the Bulldogs’ primary starter in goal with a 5-7 record in 12 games with a 2.93 GAA and .896 save percentage but sophomore Corbin Kaczperski has started the last two games.
The Raiders hold a slight edge in the all-time series with the Bulldogs, posting a 51-47-6 in 104 games between the two teams dating back to the 1916- 17 season. Colgate swept last season’s series with a 4-2 win in Hamilton and 4-1 win in New Haven. Colgate’s win at Yale last November snapped a seven-game winless streak against the Bulldogs.
Last Time Out
Colgate split last weekend’s series to kick off the second half of the season, falling to Quinnipiac, 4-3, in overtime before shutting out the Princeton Tigers, 4-0, on Saturday. Freshman Nick Austin led all Raiders with four points over the weekend behind two goals and two assists in back-to-back two-point games.
On the Verge
Head Coach Don Vaughan earned his 399th career victory with Saturday’s win against Princeton, putting him just one win away from his 400th career victory. Vaughan would be the 24th head coach at the Division I level to win his 400th career game and just the fourth in ECAC Hockey behind Joe Marsh, Mike Schaefer and Rand Pecknold. Vaughan is in his 25th season as the head coach for the Raiders and earned three trips to the NCAA Tournament in addition to two ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championships.
Go for Gold
Goaltender Colton Point won the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York, last Friday. Point served primarily as the backup for Carter Hart but earned 20 saves in Canada’s 6-0 shutout of Slovakia in the second game of the tournament. Point is the first Colgate men’s ice hockey player to win a gold medal at the World Junior Championships.
Rookie of the Week
Freshman Nick Austin was tabbed the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after his impressive four-point weekend for the Raiders. Austin tallied back-to-back two-point games with a goal and an assist each night. Austin is the second Raider in as many seasons to win multiple rookie of the week honors (Bobby McMann).
The Raiders have been solid in the Class of 1965 Arena this season, sporting a 7-2-2 record in 11 home games. Colgate has also outscored opponents 30-18 with two shutouts.
One day after winning his gold medal with Team Canada, Colton Point tallied 37 saves in a 4-0 shutout of Princeton. The shutout was Point’s third of the season, and his career, as well as his second of the Tigers. Point has 80 saves in two shutouts of Princeton. Point is also the first Colgate goaltender since Charlie Finn ’17 to record two shutouts against the same team since Finn’s back-to-back shutouts of Northeastern in 2014 and Mark Dekanich ’08 had a pair of 4-0 shutouts vs. Rensselaer in 2007-08.
Austin had his most impressive weekend of his freshman season against Quinnipiac and Princeton with back-to-back two-point games and finished with four points. Austin had a goal and an assist in each game. Austin is the first Colgate rookie with back-to-back multi-point games since Adam Dauda on Jan 15-16, 2016 during his freshman season.
Adam Dauda also tallied a pair of goals on the weekend for the Raiders on his way to three points. Dauda recorded his second career two-goal game against Quinnipiac Friday night, including scoring the game-tying goal with 22.1 seconds left in the third period. Dauda added an assist against Princeton to give him points in three straight games and seven of his last eight.
Twice as Nice
Another Raider with a two-point performance, Bobby McMann scored a goal and tallied an assist against Princeton in Colgate’s 4-0 win on Saturday. McMann’s two-point night was his sixth multi-point game of the season and team-leading 10th of his career. McMann also tied his career-high with his 19th point of the season.
John Snodgrass picked up his fifth career two-assist and two-point game on Saturday with a pair of helpers against the Tigers. Snodgrass has four two-assist games this season and is tied with Mike Panowyk and Adam Dauda for the most on the team. Snodgrass also tied his career-high for assists in a season with 12 and is two points away from tying his freshman year point total.
Freshman Tyler Jeanson picked up a point in a third consecutive game with his goal against Princeton. Jeanson now has three goals and six points, the second-most goals by a Colgate rookie and third most points. It was Jeanson’s first point in ECAC Hockey play.
Chillin’ Like a Quillan
Fellow freshman Nick Quillan had a Saturday to remember, scoring his first career goal with an empty-netter to seal the Raiders 4-0 win. Quillan is the seventh different Raider to score their first career goal this season.
Goaltender Zac Hamilton made his second start of the season for the Raiders in a tough 4-3 loss in overtime to Quinnipiac. Hamilton made 26 saves in the effort, including 10 in both the first and third periods.
Jacob Panetta recorded his fourth assist of the season with a helper against Quinnipiac to set a career-high for assists in a season and tie his point total from last season at five.
In the Grove
Freshman Trevor Cosgrove matched Panetta with his fourth assist of the season to give him five points in his freshman year. Cosgrove’s assist was his second in the last four games and second against Quinnipiac this season.
Heating Back Up
Senior Mike Panowyk picked up his third assist of the season to and now has eight points after an assist against Quinnipiac. It was his first assist since the Raiders’ last home game against St. Lawrence on Nov. 18. Panowyk now has two goals and an assist against Quinnipiac this season.
Jared Cockrell also added an assist against Quinnipiac to give him his second straight season with 10 or more points on the back of seven goals and three assists.
Apples to Apples
Ben Sharf tallied his third point in his last five games with an assist against Princeton in Colgate’s shutout. Sharf has two goals and an assist over that span and now has five points this season.
Paul McAvoy picked up his fourth point of the season with his second assist of the season. It was McAvoy’s first point since scoring a goal in the Raiders loss at Western Michigan on Nov. 24.
Colgate recorded two extra-attacker goals in the same game for a third consecutive season as part of the Raiders last minute comeback against the Bobcats on Friday night. Skating 4-on-4, the Raiders pulled Hamilton twice and got goals from Nick Austin and Adam Dauda.
The Raiders rank among the league leaders in several categories, currently second in the league with a .531 faceoff win percentage as well as 294 blocked shots while their 14.70 blocks per game are first in the league, ahead of Princeton’s 14.67.
A few Raiders rank in the Top 10 of ECAC Hockey in several categories. Bobby McMann is tied for eighth in the league with 10 goals and ninth with 19 points this season. John Snodgrass is tied for ninth with 12 assists. Defensemen Paul Meyer and Ken Citron are both in the top five in blocked shots, with Citron in third with 43 blocks and Meyer fourth with 37. Adam Dauda is fourth among centers with a .585 faceoff win percentage.
Raiders On the Road Again
On the Road Again