Bourdon Nets Overtime Game-winner for Raiders

Photo courtesy of: Bob Cornell
Photo courtesy of: Bob Cornell
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HAMILTON – Colgate and Clarkson combined for six goals in the second period and went into overtime tied at 4-4, which set the stage for Robbie Bourdon's overtime gamewinner with 46 seconds remaining to give the Raiders a 5-4 win on Saturday.

Colgate (7-7-2, 3-4-1 ECAC) was strong on the power play tonight, going 3-for-6 with the extra man and Spiro Goulakos led the way with two of three scores and he also assisted on the gamewinner. Tylor Spink contributed on the power play as well with two assists and also netted his fourth of the year. Eric Mihalik got the start and made 13 saves in just over 33 minutes played. Spencer Finney earned the win as he made three stops in 30 minutes of action.

“Our power play was clicking tonight,” said head coach Don Vaughan. “Spiro got some shots through and when he does, things can happen. He has a great shot and there was a lot traffic in front on those goals and it was good to see he was able to get the puck on net and to get our power play going because we need it.”

The Golden Knights (2-7-5, 2-3-1 ECAC) saw four goals from four different skaters tonight and no one had more than one point in the game. Greg Lewis played well in net with 34 saves, including 12 in the third period to force overtime.

The Raiders continued to be snake-bitten as they hit three more posts tonight, which makes seven for the weekend. However, Vaughan kept telling his guys to keep going and at some point one of those great chances is going to go in.

“If you are getting chances, your doing something right. It's when the chances are not there is when you have to worry,” said Vaughan. “We have guys that are really creating chances for themselves and some are just not going in, but the hockey gods have a way of evening those things out.”

After an explosive second period, the goals disappeared in the third, but the intensity by the Raiders didn't. They outshot the Golden Knights, 12-2 in the frame, but couldn't find the net. The dominance continued into the overtime as Colgate got six shots on net and the sixth one a one-timer from Bourdon to give the Raiders two points in the league standings.

Goulakos setup the play and made a great cross-ice pass and caught a tired Clarkson penalty-killing unit. Bourdon was set up at the opposite faceoff dot and wasted no time hitting the open net as Lewis was overcommitted to Goulakos' potential to shot. He scored with 43 seconds left to earn the 5-4 win.

Clarkson took the first lead of the game at 1-0 with 14:29 left in the first. Sam Labrecque intercepted a Colgate clearing attempt in the neutral zone and skated into the Colgate zone down the right side. He fired wrist shot that hit the inside part of Mihalik's arm and slipped past the netminder and into the net.

The Raiders answered less than four minutes later on its second power play opportunity of the game. Colgate won the faceoff and Spink and Goulakos passed the puck back-and-forth until Goulakos was centered on the power play. He took low slap shot that found it way through bodies and past Lewis to tie the game at 1-1.

The second period was a track meet with six total goals with each team scoring three goals in the frame. The Raiders got it started with back-to-back goals to build a two-goal lead at 3-1. Spink tallied his second point on the night with a nice wrap around goal three minutes into the period and then Goulakos scored again on the power play for his second of the night. He rang one off the post at the 11-minute mark from the circle of the blueline, which has become his favorite place to shoot from recently.

The Golden Knights responded with three unanswered goals over a span of just over three minutes to take a 4-3 lead. Each goal was off a rebound in front, which resulted in multiple scrums. Joe Zarbo and Will Frederick jammed home the first two to tie the game at 3-3. Frederick's came with 7:39 left in the period. Clarkson took its first lead since 1-0 on a goal from Jeff DiNallo on another jam shot in front of the net to make it 4-3 with 5:47 remaining in the frame.

Nearing the end of the second, Clarkson took two penalties in a span of 10 seconds and Thomas Larkin tied the game with a 5-on-3 power play goal. Larkin fanned on his first shot on the man advantage and then got a pass from Darcy Murphy. The senior captain then circled around the defense and fired a shot from the faceoff dot that beat Lewis to tie the game at 4-4 at the end of a wild period.

“I thought our effort was good the entire game,” said Vaughan. “The goals they scored were scrambles in front of the net and we felt we were still playing well even when they went ahead. We wanted to stay the course and keep the effort where it was and I thought it was a pretty dominant performance by our guys tonight.”

Colgate outshot the Golden Knights 39-20 in the game and was very disciplined as the Raiders committed only one penalty, which was a season low. Colgate will hit the ice for the final time in the year 2012 next weekend as the Raiders travel to UMass for a two-game set with the Minutemen.

NOTES: Bourdon has a nack for scoring gamewinners as tonight was his ninth of his career … Goulakos records his first college two-goal game tonight … Colgate scored three goals on the power play for the second time this year with the last coming against RIT in a 6-3 win … The Raiders are now 6-0-0 when scoring four or more goals this season … Tylor Spink now leads the Raiders with 14 points on four goals and 10 assists after a three-point night … Goulakos is tied with Bourdon for the team lead in goals with six ... Colgate is now 1-1-2 in OT games this year.