Raiders Show Gamely Effort Versus Rival Cornell

HAMILTON – The Colgate men's hockey team outshot No. 5/6 Cornell, 45-14, but the Big Red came away with a 3-1 win on Friday night at Starr Rink in front of sellout crowd of 2,301.

Colgate (4-4-0, 0-1-0 ECAC) got its lone goal from Darcy Murphy, which came on the power play, with the assist to Thomas Larkin. Erik Mihalik earned the start in net and made 11 saves in the defeat.

The story for Cornell was netminder Any Iles, who finished the night with 44 saves, including 24 in the first period. He held the Raiders scoreless on those 24 shots as Colgate tallied its goal in the second frame. Joel Lowrey recorded two points on a goal and an assist, while Drew Mowrey and Greg Miller had the other two goals for the Big Red.

“Our effort and intensity was phenomenal tonight,” said head coach Don Vaughan. “We certainly carried the play tonight. You don't have 45 shots without having great puck possession time and we did that and controlled play when we wanted to, but we came up against a hot goalie.”

The first period did not start off great for the Raiders as Cornell took a 1-0 lead just 41 seconds into the game. Mowrey put the Big Red on the board with a shot from the slot and Cornell had a couple big bodies in front to screen Mihalik for the shot. Eric Axell and Joel Lowry were given assists on the goal with Axell finding Mowrey in the slot.

The Raiders definitely did not make the first goal affect them. Cornell finished the period with just two more additional, while Colgate peppered Iles for 24 shots. Unfortunately, the netminder could not be solved, including on two power play chances that resulted in nine shots on goal.

In the second period, the Raiders tied the score on Murphy's team-leading fifth goal of the season. The goal came on the power play. Larkin did a great job keeping the puck in at the blueline on a wrap around clear by the Big Red. He took a couple of strides and fired a shot that Murphy tipped into the top right corner past Iles. The game came 6:54 into the second period.

Cornell (3-0-0, 1-0-0 ECAC) regained the lead 1:06 after Colgate's score. On a rush up ice, Ferlin skate down the right side and spotted Miller in the slot. Miller than put a wrister past Mihalik to get the advantage back at 2-1. The Raiders once again outshot the Big Red in the second period by a 12-6 margin.

The Raiders continued to control most of the play in the third period, but couldn't solve Iles. Colgate outshot the Big Red, 9-4, in the period. The Raiders had their best chance of the period at the 13-minute mark. Murphy found himself wide open on the left side of the net and took a shot that Iles stretched across the goal mouth to rob Murphy of his second of the night.

“Iles made four highlight-reel type of saves tonight and in the third period alone,” said Vaughan. “He is one of the best goalies in the country and we know that, but I love our effort tonight and like the way our team is playing right now.”

Cornell added an insurance goal with less than a minute left as Mihalik was pulled. Lowry chipped the puck over a Colgate stick and it found its way into the net with the assist to Mihalek to close out the scoring at 3-1.

Colgate had four chances on the power play and scored once, while Cornell was only given to opportunities with the extra skater and went scoreless.

These two teams will be back at it tomorrow night at Lynah Rink for a 7 p.m. faceoff in Ithaca.