Hamilton, NY – Sophomore Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, MA)
scored midway through the period as the Brown men’s hockey
team (6-9-4, 2-6-4) attempted to come back from a two-goal deficit,
but it wasn’t enough, as Colgate (6-10-1, 4-8-0) held on for
a 2-1 victory in an ECAC Hockey contest Friday evening at Starr
Rink. The result is the fifth one-goal loss of the season for the
Bears, all of which have come in ECAC Hockey play.
“The guys had a great week of practice and I thought that would transfer to the game,” said head coach Brendan Whittet ’94. “I was mistaken as we waited until the seven-minute mark of the third to play with desperation. That will not win many games. Until we mature as individuals and understand the importance of the consistent effort it takes to win, we will have inconsistent results.”
The two teams were slow out of the gates, combining for just 10
shots through the first 15 minutes of play. However, things picked
up towards the end of the opening period with the teams combining
for three penalties in the final four minutes of the frame. After
Brown failed to capitalize on its first man-advantage on the night,
Colgate went up on its second power play of the game and needed
just nine seconds to take a 1-0 lead, as Tylor Spink found the back
of the net with 1:23 left in the period.
Just 10 seconds after the goal, the Bears went up on their second power play of the night, which carried into the second period, but Brown could not get past Spencer Finney.
The Bears would earn three more power plays in the middle period to no avail, as the Raiders killed each opportunity to keep Brown off the board, while extending their lead with another late goal.
Jeremy Price started the play when he passed from the right point over to Nathan Sinz on the left. Sinz sent the puck down low to Darcy Murphy, whose back-hander from the top of the crease was initially saved by senior Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY). However, Murphy collected his own rebound and tucked the puck underneath Borelli to give his team a 2-0 lead with 4:48 left in the period.
Brown opened the final 20 minutes with 48 seconds remaining on its fifth power play chance of the night, but Colgate continued its strong play on the kill to prevent the Bears from getting on the board.
From about the five-minute mark through exactly 12 minutes of the third, neither team could establish much of a rhythm with four penalties getting called in a span of 5:07. Brown went up on a five-minute power play after Spiro Goulakos was called for hitting from behind at 4:53. With 3:01 left on the extended man-advantage, sophomore Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) was whistled for goaltender interference, as the teams skated four-on-four. Then just a minute later, another Brown infraction gave Colgate a four-on-three advantage for one minute, before Jacobson returned to the ice to even things up at four-on-four. Then just seven seconds after the original five-minute penalty expired, Colgate took another minor, which the Raiders also killed, as Brown was 0-7 on the power play.
The Bears controlled the remainder of the game, finally getting on the board with 7:04 remaining when sophomore Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, MA) knocked in a feed from freshman Mark Naclerio (Milford, CT). Senior Jeff Ryan (Media, PA) also assisted the goal.
Naclerio nearly tied the game just 3:18 later, but his shot from the right edge of the crease, which beat Finney to the far side, missed by the slimmest of margins, hitting the post, before bouncing back out. The referees reviewed the video of the play and it was ruled that the puck did not cross the goal line, as Colgate held on for the 2-1 win, leapfrogging Brown in the ECAC Hockey standings.
For the game, Borelli finished with 29 saves, while Finney made 32 for Colgate, as Brown held a 33-31 advantage in shots on goal, including a 14-10 margin in the third period.
Brown continues action tomorrow evening when it travels to Ithaca, NY to face #18 Cornell in a 7:00 p.m. contest.