Rookies Lead Raiders in Shootout WIn at UMass

Rookies Lead Raiders in Shootout WIn at UMass

AMHERST, Mass. – The Colgate men’s hockey team scored six goals for the third time this season and the rookie class had five of them in a 6-4 shootout win over UMass on Friday night at the Mullins Center.

Colgate (8-7-2) was explosive on the power play with three goals in four chances with two coming from Tylor Spink. Kyle Baun was a major reason for the win with a career-high four points on two goals and two assists. Tyson Spink had a great night as well with a career-high four helpers and Mike Borkowski chipped in with a pair of assists.

Vaughan talked about the Cornwall power play unit and how four of them are rookies and played together in previous years and that it shows on the ice.

“Four of our rookies played on the power play together last season in juniors,” said Vaughan. “We would like to say that we drafted up that power play, but we kind of let them create plays out on the ice. I am usually not a fan of an all freshmen line, but their familiarity with one another really showed tonight.”

The Minutemen were held in check by the Raiders defense for the first two periods and then three goals from UMass with two on the power play from Joel Hanley and Adam Phillips. Spencer Finney was able to step up in important situations to earn his fourth win as he pushed aside 31 shots.

We got a tough road win tonight,” said head coach Don Vaughan. “They transition better than any team we have face this year. We did a good job at responding after they got their two power play goals early in the third period. We found a way to hang on and it was a good road win against a good team”

Colgate earned the first power play chance of the evening it the Raiders controlled the puck for the first 1:30 of the opportunity. The top unit recorded three great chances from Baun, but each time Boyle stood tall and made the save. However, the fourth time worked out for the rookie as he deflected a Spiro Goulakos blast from the high slot. Baun did an excellent job screening the netminder and Tyson Spink was given an assist on the goal, along with Goulakos.

The Minutemen failed on their first power play chance, but Branden Gracel was able to even the score at 1-1 with 27 seconds remaining on a rebound in front. Phillips took a shot from outside the circles that Finney turned away, but Gracel chipped a backhand over a sprawling Finney for his sixth of the season.

It didn’t take long for Colgate to regain the lead in the second period as Baun netted his second of the night. Tyson Spink came down the boards and slipped a pass around a UMass defender to Baun in front the net. He then deked the netminder and tucked home the puck for the 2-1 lead with the goal coming 2:03 into the second.

Then the power play starting up again for the Raiders and they added two more to open up a 4-1 lead. The first of two by Tylor Spink came with 14:10 left in the frame. Tyson Spink found Baun in the center of the ice and he shoveled a pass to Tylor Spink and the rookie took a sharp-angled shot from the left side. Boyle had no chance at stopping the shot and Colgate was up 3-1.

Tylor Spink struck again with 1:13 remaining in the frame. This time Tyson and Mike Borkowski were given assists and Tylor Spink put home another shot from a tough angle on the left side. Colgate was clicking on the power play, which was 7-for-12 in the last three games at that moment.

The defense was left behind in the second period for both teams as five goals were scored in the final 20 minutes. The Minutemen got it started with back-to-back power play goals from Hanley and Phillips in the first 5:37 of the final frame.

The Raiders answered and it didn’t come on the power play as Jeremy Price sniped a shorthanded goal from the right circle. Baun really showed his hustle on the play beating out a UMass player on a dump-in and then found Price at the opposite side of the ice to make it 5-3 with 12:08 left in the game.

The scoring didn’t stop there as the Minutemen got back to within one at 5-4 with a goal from Conor Allen that kicked off a Colgate skate on a crossing pass in front of Finney. The Raiders needed breathing room and got it from another rookie in Darcy Murphy. John Lidgett won the puck in the neutral zone and pushed it up to Murphy, who found open ice. He charged down the wing and beat Boyle with a wrister for the 6-4 lead.

The last goal really took the breath out of the Mullins Center and Colgate finished it off for the 6-4 win. The two teams will be back at it tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Colgate has scored three power play goals in three game this season and it was the second time in the last two games … the Raiders are now 7-0-0 when scoring three or more goals … Colgate is 7-1-1 when scoring in the first or last two minutes of a period … the rookie class has 21 goals this year to lead the team among classes … Baun recorded his first multi-goal game of the year and four multi-point game … Tylor Spink also earned his first multi-goal game of the year.