Big Third Period Propels Raiders to Win

Big Third Period Propels Raiders to Win

HYANNIS, Mass. – The Colgate men's hockey team scored three goals in the third period to cruise to a 5-1 victory over 20th-ranked Quinnipiac at the third annual Cape Cod Collegiate Classic on Saturday night.

Colgate (4-3-0) spread out its scoring with five different goal scorers with Spiro Goulakos and Darcy Murphy leading the way with a goal and an assist apiece. Rookie Ryan Johnston had his best night in a Raider uniform with two helpers. Kurtis Bartliff, John Lidgett and Brendan Corcoran all scored for the Raiders and Corcoran added his first collegiate goal. Eric Mihalik made 29 saves and has now won three-straight games.

Quinnipiac (3-2-1) got its lone goal from Travis St. Denis with assists to Jeremy Langlois and Loren Barron. Eric Hartzell made 17 stops before being pulled for Michael Garteig in the third period. Garteig pushed aside four shots in 10 minutes of action.

The Raiders opened up the scoring with 12:26 left in the first period with a shorthanded goal by Bartliff. Quinnipiac had possession of the puck in their offensive zone and a Bobcat skater made a blind pass to the middle of the ice. Bartliff was there to scoop it up and went in all alone on Hartzell. The senior scored his fourth of the season by lifting a backhander into the top of the net.

In the second period, Quinnipiac tied the game with St. Denis scoring the second of his career. Langlois fired a shot that went wide and got a great bounce off the back boards and St. Denis was sitting at the far post and tucked it in past Mihalik with 14:11 left in the second.

Lidgett responded for the Raiders after a great shift by Murphy, Mike Borkowski and Lidgett. Murphy charged into the offensive zone and found Ryan Johnston in the slot. Quinnipiac knocked the puck away from the defenseman, but it came right to Lidgett. The sophomore snipped a shot over the glove of Hartzell to regain the lead for the Raiders at 2-1 with 1:05 left in the second frame. The second period was an evenly played period with 10 shots apiece for each team.

The Raiders opened it up in the third period with three goals. Murphy got it started with his fourth of the season with 13:33 remaining in the final frame. Goulakos went the length of the ice and passed it off to Murphy and he put it home for the 3-1 advantage.

Corcoran increased the lead to 4-1 three minutes later with his first collegiate goal, which was also his first point. Corcoran and Joe Wilson connected on a give-and-go and Corcoran slipped a shot under the pads of Hartzell. The goal forced Hartzell, who was leading the league in goals against average, out of the game. Goulakos closed out the scoring with a top-shelf highlight wrister that Garteig had no shot at saving. Tylor Spink and Johnston were given assists on the play as Colgate earned a 5-1 win.

Each team went scoreless on the power play and Quinnipiac had the edge in shots at 30-26. Colgate is back in action next weekend as the Raiders open ECAC Hockey play against seventh-ranked Cornell in a home-and-home series.