Cornell Rallies to Tie Colgate, Stay Unbeaten

ITHACA, N.Y. — Joakim Ryan had two assists and Nick D'Agostino had his first goal of the season with 6 minutes, 6 seconds remaining in the third period to spur the men's hockey team come-from-behind 2-2 tie against Colgate on Saturday at Lynah Rink.
 
Cole Bardreau scored on the power play 10:05 into the third period, then D'Agostino scored on a long shot through traffic a little less than four minutes later to keep Cornell (3-0-1, 1-0-1 ECAC Hockey) undefeated. Andy Iles finished with 23 saves, including a handful of the spectacular variety when the Big Red was trying to start its comeback.
 
The Big Red found itself behind the 8-ball early, killing off a 5-on-3 power play just over a minute into the game. The first penalty expired, but Colgate converted shortly thereafter when Kyle Baun finished off a nice passing play.
 
Colgate (4-4-1, 0-1-1 ECAC Hockey) doubled its lead at the 8:32 mark, with Spiro Goulakos' point shot hitting some bodies in front before finding its way to the net. The Raiders outshot the host Big Red in the opening period, 10-3.
 
If not for some sparkling goaltending from Iles, the visitors from Hamilton could have had a much more substantial lead. Coming off a 44-save effort the night before, Iles stopped Joe Wilson on a breakaway 3:28 into the second, aggressively challenged a Tyson Spink shot from the slot four minutes later, then made a big stretch to his right to cut down another Wilson opportunity – this one coming on a shorthanded three-on-one.
 
Cornell's uphill climb was a fraction of an inch away from producing sophomore defenseman Jacob MacDonald's first collegiate goal. About four minutes into the second period, his shot from the high slot beat Colgate goalie Eric Mihalik high to the blocker side, but it clanked off iron. A few minutes of video review revealed the puck never went into the net.
 
It seemed as if Mihalik's shutout bid would stand, until halfway through the third period, when Bardreau finally got the Big Red on the board with a power-play goal. After Ryan made a nice play to get the puck over to John McCarron, McCarron fired a low shot from the left faceoff dot to the far side of Mihalik. Mihalik made a good pad save, but the rebound went right to the waiting stick of Bardreau, who finished to the near side.
 
Cornell had all the momentum after its first goal, and it only took a little less than four minutes for the Big Red to strike again. Playing in his first collegiate game, Teemu Tiitinen started the play by entering the zone before unleashing a shot that was knifed down by the Colgate defense. The puck was poked toward the blue line, where Ryan held the zone and set up D'Agostino at the left point. He walked into the high slot and ripped a shot through traffic and over Mihalik's glove.
 
The Big Red made a big push in overtime, and on multiple occasions, it seemed as though it had won. The first golden opportunity started in the neutral zone when Dustin Mowrey deked around a couple of Raiders defenders, then put the puck right in front.
 
A great effort by Greg Miller set up another Big Red chance right in front of the Colgate net as he made his way to the front of the net and jammed it on goal. Lynah Rink went into a frenzy after Madison Dias put the loose puck in the net, but the officials ruled the whistle had already blown, nullifying the would-be goal.
 
There would be no more good offensive chances for Cornell, but MacDonald made a game saving play in the defensive end. On a two-on-one with a minute and a half to play, a Colgate forward was getting ready to fire a one-timer on a scrambling Iles, but MacDonald lifted the attacker's stick, thwarting the opportunity and ending the game tied.
 
The Big Red will travel next weekend to Princeton and Quinnipiac on Friday and Saturday, respectively, for its first ECAC Hockey road trip of the season.