Rookies Help Raiders Skate Past Bowling Green

HAMILTON – The rookies continue to impress for the Colgate men's hockey team and tonight was no different against Bowling Green with all four goals coming from first-year skaters for the Raiders in a 4-2 win on Saturday night.

Colgate (2-3-0) got goals from Tylor Spink, Kyle Baun, Darcy Murphy and Tyson Spink all netted goals for the home team, while Baun and Tylor Spink added assists for two-point nights. Eric Mihalik earned his second win of the season, making 20 saves.

The Falcons (1-3-1) were led by Mark Cooper and Ryan Carpenter, who both scored goals with Dan DeSalvo recording an assist. Tommy Burke was called on for the second-straight night and made 23 saves in the defeat.

The Raiders picked it up in the second half of the first period and the result was three goals in the final nine minutes. Tylor Spink got it started with his second of the season as he put home a rebound off of a shot from the point by Mike Borkowski. The goal came with 8:53 remaining in the period.

Baun increased the lead to 2-0 with 5:37 left in the frame. Thomas Larkin found Joe Wilson in stride down the left side and he carried the puck into the offensive zone and spotted a hustling Baun on the back side. The rookie connected with the puck in stride to beat Burke. Just over two minutes later, Tyson Spink joined his twin brother on the scoresheet. The rookies combined for another goal as Baun and Tylor Spink were given assists on the play.

Bowling Green sliced the lead to two at 3-1 with a goal coming from Cooper with 8:34 left in the second frame. Dan DeSalvo fed the puck across the defense to the slot and Cooper was there for the wrister past Mihalik.

Colgate answered with another rookie making an impact to push the lead back up to three goals at 4-1. Murphy, who had a goal taken away earlier in the period for using his skate, capitalized on a scrum in front. His initial shot was blocked, but he stuck with the play and slipped the puck past Burke with assists to Jeremy Price and John Lidgett. The goal came with 1:27 left in the frame and Bowling Green answered to cut the lead down to 4-2 with 44 seconds remaining. Carpenter was credited with the goal on a shot from above the faceoff circle on the right side.

The third period was all about the Raiders holding onto the lead and they did that, including a couple of big penalty kills. Colgate held a 10-5 shot advantage in the period and came out with the 4-2 victory.

The Raiders had a 27-22 shot advantage in the game. Bowling Green had five chances on the power play and failed to get a shot on net. Colgate had three opportunities with the extra skater and did not score with four shots on goal.

Next up for the Raiders is RIT next Friday night, before traveling to Cape Cod to play Quinnipiac in the third annual Cape Cod Classic. Tickets are still available for both games and can be purchased by calling the Colgate Ticket Office or by logging onto bleedcolgatemaroon.com.

NOTES: The first three goals of the game came from the same line … rookies have now scored eight of the 16 goals so far this season and they had six points tonight … the Spink twins and Baun each have two multi-point games in the first five games of the season.