Raiders Fall to Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Colgate men's hockey team continued its first league road trip as the Raiders took on Princeton on Saturday afternoon and the Tigers came out on top with a 4-0 win at Hobey Baker Rink.

Colgate (4-6-1, 0-3-1 ECAC) got 31 saves from Spencer Finney in his second career start in a Raider uniform. He made 14 stops in the first period.

Princeton (2-2-0, 2-0-0 ECAC) had four different goal scorers, led by Tyler Maugeri, who finished with two points with a goal and an assist, while Rob Kleebaum added two helpers. Mike Condon got the start in net and made 22 saves to earn the win.

The Raiders got off to a tough start in the first period as they were outshot 15-3 and goalie Finney kept the Raiders in it until the Tigers scored with 14 seconds left in the first with a power play goal. Mike Ambrosia was given the power play goal with the assist to Maugeri. It was the third power play chance for Princeton in the first period and the goal came right after the Raiders killed off a 5-on-3 advantage. Finney made 14 saves in the opening period.

The Tigers added to the lead early in the second period to make it 2-0 just 1:24 into the period. Kleebaum was stopped by Finney on the doorstep, but Michael Zajac was there for the rebound for another power play goal for Princeton. The Tigers went right back on the power play just under a minute after scoring and Eric Meland almost made it 3-0, but his shot rang off the post. Colgate had a great chance a few minutes later as Kurtis Bartliff was given a great opportunity with an open net, but shot it wide.

Princeton added to its lead in the third period as Maugeri scored his fourth of the season to make it 3-0 Tigers with 12:23 left in the game. The Raiders could not keep the puck in the offensive zone and Andrew Calof scooped up the loose puck and went down the ice in an odd-man rush with Maugeri. Calof waited and held the puck and then slipped a pass to Maugeri and he one-timed it into the net.

Just under two minutes after Maugeri scored, Michael Sdao gave the Tigers more insurance as he upped the deficit for the Raiders to 4-0. Calof and Andrew Ammon were given assists on the play with 11:03 left in the game.

The Raiders were outshot, 35-22, in the game and was given four power play chances and could not capitalize. Princeton had six opportunities with the extra skater and tallied two goals.

Colgate will be back at Starr Rink next weekend to take on Ivy League foes Dartmouth and Harvard, beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. against the Big Green.