Price Scores in Game One Against Bowling Green

Photo courtesy of: Bob Cornell
Photo courtesy of: Bob Cornell

HAMILTON – Senior captain Jeremy Price cut the lead to 2-1 late in the third period, but the Colgate men’s hockey team came up short of a victory as Bowling Green skated away with a 3-1 win on Friday night at Starr Rink.

The Raiders (1-3-0) were led by Price with assists on his goal going to Daniel Gentzler and Nathan Sinz. It was the first of the season for Price, while Gentzler tallied his second career assist and Sinz added his first point of the year. Spencer Finney was in net for his first collegiate start and made 19 stops between the pipes.

The Falcons (1-2-1) got two points from Dajon Mingo on a goal and an assist and Cam Wojtala and Bobby Shea also scored. Tommy Burke came into a tough situation in goal as starter Andrew Hammond left the game 29 seconds in, but Burke pushed aside 24 shots to earn his first collegiate victory.

Bowling Green took the early 1-0 lead in the first period with Mingo scoring his second of the season 2:43 into the frame. Adam Berkle got the puck behind the Colgate net and shoveled a pass out to Mingo and he slipped a shot between the pads of Finney for the early advantage. Andrew Wallace was also credited with an assist on the play.

At the five-minute mark of the first, Finney came up with huge save to keep it a one-goal game. Bowling Green’s Ryan Viselli took advantage of a Colgate turnover in its own zone and Viselli picked up the puck. He tried a backhander on Finney’s blocker side, but the rookie swatted it away. The Raiders had their best chance with three minutes left as Gentzler broke in alone on Burke, but the backup netminder made the glove stop.

The Falcons increase the lead with another goal coming in the first two minutes of the period. This time it was the second frame and Wojtala was the recipient of a pass from Mingo and broke in alone into the offensive end. Wojtala shot low on Finney and beat the netminder for the 2-0 lead with the score coming 1:06 into the period. Colgate did own a 9-7 shot advantage in the frame and had some good chances, but Burke solved each one.

Colgate got on the board with 3:07 left in the game on a nice shot from the slot by Price. Sinz fed the puck down to Gentzler on the side boards and the sophomore slid the puck to Price and the tri-captain shot it past the glove of Burke to cut the lead to 2-1. The one-goal deficit was not long lived as Bowling Green added its third of the night with Shea blocking a shot on the defensive and scoring on a breakaway to close out the scoring at 3-1.

Each team went scoreless on the power play and Colgate did hold a 25-22 advantage in shots. The Raiders and the Falcons are back in action tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Starr Rink. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the Colgate Ticket Office or logging onto bleedcolgatemaroon.com.