Finn Makes History in Win Over Princeton

HAMILTON – Colgate men's ice hockey goaltender Charlie Finn (North Vancouver, British Columbia) played one of the best games of his career as he made a career-high 47 saves on his way to his 50th career win in Colgate's come-from-behind, 4-3, victory over the Princeton Tigers on Friday night.
 
Finn becomes just the fifth goaltender in program history to reach the 50 win milestone and is just five wins away from tying the program record for wins of 55 held by Steve Silverthorn '05 and Dan Brenzavich '98.
 
Finn surpassed his previous career-high of 43 saves, which he had done twice, most recently in a 4-3 win over RIT on Oct. 24, 2015. Finn made 39 saves over the final two periods of play, including 20 in the second period to tie his season high. Princeton outshot Colgate, 42-22, in that span.
 
Andrew Black (Buffalo, New York) scored the game-winning goal for the Raiders with 6:11 left in the third period as he cleaned up a turnover by Princeton in the neutral zone near the blue line. Black then raced in on goal, splitting a pair of Tigers defenders, to rifle the shot past Princeton goaltender Colton Phinney.
 
Black's game-winning goal capped off a three-goal third period for the Raiders to complete their comeback victory. The Tigers held a 2-1 advantage heading into the third period but Derek Freeman (Newburyport, Massachusetts) buried his third goal of the season to tie the game, 2-2, just 2:56 into the final frame.
 
Hunter Racine (Ottawa, Ontario) carried the puck along the end boards before one-handing a pass to Jake Kulevich(Marblehead, Massachusetts) on the right boards. Kulevich skated around the faceoff circle then on goal before touching a pass to Freeman in the slot to bury a one-timer with his stick on the opposite side of the Princeton defender.
 
The Tigers reclaimed the lead at 3-2 with 12:57 to play in the final period on Alex Riche's third goal of the season but the Raiders answered just 43 seconds later. Kulevich picked up his second assist of the game after wristing the puck from the blue line around the boards to Evan Peterson (Lakeville, Minnesota) who tapped the puck to Panowyk next to the goal. Panowyk circled around the Tigers goal where he faked a defender and fired a shot high, glove side past Phinney to tie the game before Black's game-winning five minutes later.
 
Jared Cockrell (Byfield, Massachusetts) put the Raiders up with the first goal of the game coming with 4:07 left in the first period. Colgate worked the puck up the ice with Paul Meyer (Edina, Minnesota) playing the puck to Cockrell. Cockrell quickly shifted it to Weberg at the blue line who played it quickly back. Cockrell skated in on goal where he raced past one defender, was hooked by another and made Phinney commit to the nearside before Cockrell tucked the puck into the empty net.
 
Colgate took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission but Princeton came out firing in the second period with 22 shots on goal and were able to convert twice to take a 2-1 lead. Eric Robinson netted his fourth of the year before David Hallisey tallied his second point of the game with his first goal of the season.
 
Colgate's come-from-behind victory was its first such win of the 2016-17 season.
 
BOTTOM LINE
Colgate 4, Princeton 3
 
WON-LOST RECORDS
The Raiders pick up their third win of the season to improve to 3-5-4 (2-2-1 ECAC Hockey) while the Tigers extend their winless streak to 18 games and fall to 0-5-1 (0-4-1 ECAC Hockey).
 
KEY RAIDER INFO
-Finn made a career-high 47 saves, as he became the fifth goaltender in program history to win 50 career games
-Black scored his second career game-winning goal and first since Jan. 24, 2014 in a 3-2 win against Clarkson
-Kulevich picked up two assists to lead the Raiders and give him six on the season along with seven points. It was Kulevich's second two-assist game of the season
-Cockrell picked up his third goal of the season and scored in back-to-back games for the first time in his career
-Freeman scored his third goal of the season, one shy of tying his single-season career-high
-Panowyk netted his second goal of the season
-Weberg notched an assist for his second of the season and second point in the last three games
-Peterson and Racine each recorded their second assists of the season for the Raiders
 
FACTS AND FIGURES
-Princeton outshot Colgate, 50-38, Friday night and held a 42-22 edge in the final two periods
-Neither team managed a power-play goal Friday night, as Colgate was 0 for 4 on the power play and 2 for 2 on the penalty kill
-The Raiders held a strong edge in faceoffs at 44-27, including a season-best 18 wins for Adam Dauda (Kitchener, Ontario) as he went 18 for 24
 
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Don Vaughan
"It's always important to pick up points in this league, it's always so tight but we need to be better. Princeton was the better team, there is no question about that, they outplayed us, and they outshot us. If it wasn't for Charlie Finnthat's probably a three or four goal win for them. We just have to get better."
 
"It was a great play by Andrew, a great individual effort. He hounded the puck, he was fresh, and he'd been on the bench for a little while. He came out, answered the bell and he finished. It was a great goal by a guy who's a goal scorer."
 
UP NEXT
Colgate wraps up its weekend on Saturday at 4 p.m. when they host the nationally ranked No. 4/6 Quinnipiac Bobcats at Class of 1965 Arena.