Colgate Drops Road Game at Miami

Colgate Drops Road Game at Miami

OXFORD, Ohio – The Colgate men's hockey team went on the road for the first time this year and skated even with 8th-ranked Miami as both teams had 25 shots, but the RedHawks earned the 3-0 win on Friday night.

Colgate (1-1-0) got 12 saves from Eric Mihalik in net in the first two periods, while Spencer Finney made his collegiate debut in the third period and made nine stops without allowing a goal. The Raiders outshot the RedHawks, 12-9, in the third period and did have pressure put on Miami's defense, but couldn't find the net.

The RedHawks (1-0-0) were led by Blake Coleman, who tallied two of the three goals in the game, while Bryon Paulazzo netted the other goal for the home team. The story of the night, however, for Miami was netminder Ryan McKay, who made 25 saves to earn a shutout in his first collegiate start.

Miami got on the board first with 6:58 left in the first period on Colemn's first of two on the night. Marc Hagel skated down the left side of the ice and flipped a backhand onto the tape of Coleman in stride at the far post and he put it home for the 1-0 lead. The RedHawks had the advantage in shots in the first frame with eight shots on net to Colgate's five.

Early in the second period, the Raiders were able to kill off a penalty, but a few minutes later Paulazzo made it a two-goal game with 13:39 left in the frame. The lone assist on the goal went to Austin Czarnik. Colgate played evenly throughout the period, earning an 8-8 tie in shots, but Coleman struck again with his second of the night coming unassisted and on the power play, to close out the scoring at 3-0.

The Raiders dominated sections of the third period, but could not solve McKay. They had multiple chances with back-to-back shots, but the rookie came up with the big saves. Colgate earned a 12-9 advantage in shots in the period.

These two teams will be back at it tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. in the final game of the two-game set this weekend.