Colgate Led By Freshman in Tie with Maine

HAMILTON – The Colgate men's ice hockey team scored two goals in the first 6:05 of the third period to comeback and tie the Maine Black Bears, 2-2, in overtime Friday night at Class of 1965 Arena.
 
Tyler Penner (Winnipeg, Manitoba) found the back of the net for the first time in his career after another solid game and fellow freshman Bobby McMann(Wainwright, Alberta) netted his first career two-point game for the Raiders. John Snodgrass (Eagan, Minnesota) rounded out the all-freshmen scoring affair for the Raiders with his third assist of the season.
 
The third period was one of Colgate's best periods of the season, outshooting Maine 16-3, as well as a 3-0 edge in the overtime period. Penner ended Colgate's drought just 41 seconds into the third period to cut Maine's lead to 2-1. McMann's initial shot went wide right of the goal and the rebound came right out to Penner, who managed to jam the puck between Maine goaltender Rob McGovern's skate and the right post.
 
McGovern had one of his best games of the season for the Black Bears, making 39 saves on 41 Raider shots for the second most saves in a game in his career. Colgate's 41 shots were it's most since the final game of the 2015-16 season, a 4-3 loss in double overtime at Dartmouth in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals.
 
The Raiders tied the game, 2-2, with 13:55 left in the third period on McMann's second tally of the season. Adam Dauda (Kitchener, Ontario) won a faceoff in the offensive zone, but the Black Bears won the battle in the corner and attempted to wrap the puck around the boards to get it out. Snodgrass stopped the puck just before the blue line and fired the puck toward the goal where McMann collected it and backhanded it past McGovern's blocker side.
 
Colgate goaltender Charlie Finn (North Vancouver, British Columbia) recorded his second tie of the season with a 29 save performance between the pipes, moving him into third place all-time in Colgate men's ice hockey history with 2,641 saves, passing Dan Brenzavich '98.
 
After a scoreless first period, Maine took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal with 9:56 left in the second period. Blaine Byron hit Eric Schurhamer with a point-to-point pass where Schurhamer fired a shot from the right point. Finn made the initial save but the rebound squeaked out and Pearson put it home.
 
An icing by the Raiders led to the Black Bears second goal of the game with 2:08 left in the second period to make it 2-0. Maine executed another point-to-point pass as Mark Hamilton found Rob Michel on the right point. Michel deked around a Colgate defender and fired a shot on goal that was tipped by Nolan Vesey for his third goal of the season.
 
BOTTOM LINE
Colgate 2, Maine 2 (OT)
 
WON-LOST RECORDS
The Raiders improve to 0-3-3 in their third overtime game of the season while the Black Bears move to 3-2-2.
 
KEY RAIDER INFO
-McMann scored the game-tying goal with 13:55 left in the 3rd period for his first career two-point game
-Penner scored his first career goal 41 seconds into the third period
-Penner also won a season-high 15 faceoffs on Friday night
-Friday night was the first time in at least the last 10 seasons that only freshman recorded points for the Raiders
-Finn made a season-high 29 saves for the Raiders
-Dauda was second on the team with 14 faceoff wins, going 14 for 19
 
FACTS AND FIGURES
-The Raiders held a solid 41-31 advantage in shots on goal, including 16-3 in the third period
-Colgate outshot Maine 19-3 over the final period and overtime
-The Raiders went 1 for 5 on the power play, scoring a power-play goal in their fourth consecutive game
-Maine picked up seven penalties for 14 minutes while Colgate had six penalties for 12 minutes
-Once again, Colgate won the faceoff battle, 44-34
 
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Don Vaughan
"The third period was clearly our best period of the game. We had some great looks early; too, we hit the pipe at the end of the second period and had a couple of really good looks, one that was on top of [McGovern's] belly at one point.
 
"We're not getting a lot of puck luck and, you know, the guys are working hard and we got rewarded some in the third period tonight when we battled back from down 2-0 and against a goalie that was playing really well. I was pleased with our effort; certainly we're not pleased with a tie. We wanted to get the win."
 
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UP NEXT
Colgate and Maine wrap up their season series Saturday night at Class of 1965 Arena with puck drop slated for 7 p.m.