Colgate Battles to Tie Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Colgate men's hockey team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but two third period goals by No. 5/6 Cornell forced a 2-2 tie between the two rivals on Saturday night.

The Raiders (4-4-1, 0-1-1 ECAC) was led by Spiro Goulakos and Kyle Baun with each posting two points on a goal and an assist. Both goals came on the power play. Tylor Spink also added assist. Eric Mihalik made 25 saves, including 13 saves in the second period.

The Big Red (3-0-1, 1-0-1 ECAC) got its goals from Cole Bardreau and Nick D'Agostino and Joakim Ryan added two assists. Andy Iles struggled early on in the game, but made a big stop in overtime on Darcy Murphy for one of his 23 saves.

“Our energy and compete level was once again very good tonight,” said head coach Don Vaughan. “We a lot of great chances and the game was more of a back-and-forth game unlike last night. The momentum swung in their favor in the third and they are a tough team to play, especially in their building”

Colgate had a great chance on the power play early on in the game as Tyson Spink rang one off the post against Iles. However, the Raiders capitalized at the tail end of a 5-on-3 advantage with Baun scoring his fourth of the season and first on the power play. Goulakos spotted Tylor Spink on the goal line and he slipped a pass over to Baun for the tip in to beat Iles and get the first lead.

Goulakos then put Colgate up 2-0 with his second point of the period. It was a low blast from the high slot that got through traffic and past Iles on the power play. Baun was given an assist after he gave the puck to Goulakos. The defenseman then circled up to the high slot for the shot. The Raiders took advantage of four power play chances, scoring on two of them and had a 10-3 shot advantage.

Colgate had another great chance early in the second period. Cornell misplayed the puck at the blueline and Joe Wilson was able to outskate three Big Red players and earn a breakaway. However, Iles made the save as Wilson went crashing into the net.

Cornell controlled most of the play in the second period with the Big Red earning four power plays, including a 5-on-3 advantage for significant time. Mihalik, however, stood tall in net and made all saves on all 13 Cornell shots. The Raiders did have a quality chance shorthanded with a 3-on-1 and it was Wilson bearing down on Iles again. The sophomore tried one-timing a pass from the opposite side, but the Cornell netminder stretched across the goal mouth to rob him.

The Big Red climbed closer to the Raiders with a power play goal from Bardreau midway through the third period. John McCarron took a shot from the point that Mihalik stopped, but Bardreau was right there to jam home the rebound to cut the lead to 2-1. Cornell then tied the game with 6:06 remaining in regulation with a blast from D'Agostino that somehow got through multiple bodies and into the top of the net to force the extra frame.

In overtime, the Big Red had the first great chance with Dustin Mowrey chipping a rebound shot high and wide on the doorstep and then Iles making another huge save on a 3-on-2 chance for the Raiders with Murphy trying for the gamewinner. Cornell had a slim 4-3 advantage in shots in overtime, but the game ended in a 2-2 tie, which was the first in the series since a 1-1 tie at Starr Rink two seasons ago.

“I thought our guys responded well in the overtime and that resulted in a lot of odd-man rushes,” said Vaughan. “We are playing to win and that's a great sign, especially with a young team.”

Colgate will be back in action next weekend with a trip to Quinnipiac and Princeton.

NOTES: Colgate held Cornell to just seven shots in the first period combined in the two games … the Raiders scored two goals in the first period for the fourth time and second time in the last four games … Goulakos has three goals in his last four games after scoring three goals in 39 games last season … Colgate played its fifth game this season against a ranked opponent tonight and for three-straight games.