Peterson Nets Winner in Colgate's Comeback Win Over Clarkson

HAMILTON – Evan Peterson (Lakeville, Minnesota) scored the game-winning power-play goal with 6:36 left in the final period Saturday night to complete the Colgate men's ice hockey team's third period comeback and give the Raiders a 3-2 win over the Clarkson Golden Knights at Class of 1965 Arena.
 
The Raiders put together excellent passing on their final power play of the game after Dylan Gareau was sent off for hooking. Willie Brooks (Locust, New Jersey) worked skated the puck to the point before passing to Jake Kulevich (Marblehead, Massachusetts). Kulevich made a move that caused a Clarkson defender to fall before making a backwards pass to Peterson at the point. With plenty of room in front of him, Peterson wound up for a one-timer that went through a great screen from Derek Freeman (Newburyport, Massachusetts) and past Kielly's glove side for the game-winner.
 
It was a thrilling win for the Raiders, whose special teams came through in the third period when it mattered the most. Tim Harrison (Duxbury, Massachusetts) scored a shorthanded goal midway through the third period before Peterson's power-play goal four minutes later.
 
Harrison tied the game with 10:37 left in the third period as he intercepted a back pass by the Golden Knights, who were on the power play. He raced to Clarkson goaltender Jake Kielly where he deked Kielly and buried the puck in the upper right corner of the goal.
 
Peterson's goal was his third of the season while Harrison netted his team-leading eighth. Harrison's was also the first shorthanded goal for the Raiders since one of Peterson's goals against UConn on Oct. 14.
 
Both teams skated to a scoreless draw in the first period with Charlie Finn (North Vancouver, British Columbia) making 11 saves. Finn went on to finish with 35 saves in the game and 3,046 in his career to pass Jeff Cooper '85 (3,023 saves) for the second most in program history. Finn needs just 26 saves to pass Mark Dekanich '08 (3,071 saves) for the most school history.
 
Sheldon Rempal put the Golden Knights on the board 1:10 into the first period with Clarkson on a five-on-three advantage. A loose puck in front of the net found Rempal where he roofed a backhander past Finn.
 
Hunter Racine (Ottawa, Ontario) found the back of the net for the fourth time this season to tie the game five minutes after Clarkson's goal. Tyler Penner (Winnipeg, Manitoba) skated in on Kielly and fired a shot that was initially saved. The rebound kicked out and Racine crashed the boards to swipe home the puck under Kielly.
 
The Golden Knights reclaimed their lead with just 3:41 left in the second period on a power play goal from Nico Sturm to make it 2-1. Sam Vigneault brought the puck up with speed and found Haralds Egle coming through the center. Egle worked a quick pass to Sturm in the slot who fired a bullet high past Finn to gain the lead.
 
Despite two goals allowed in the period, Finn still made 16 saves and kept the Raiders in striking distance before Harrison and Peterson's fireworks in the third period closed out a thrilling win for the Raiders.
 
BOTTOM LINE
Colgate 3, Clarkson 2
 
WON-LOST RECORDS
The Raiders snap a five-game winless streak with the big ECAC Hockey win to improve to 5-13-5 (3-6-2 ECAC Hockey) and the Golden Knights fall to 11-10-4 (6-5-2 ECAC Hockey) with the loss.
 
KEY RAIDER INFO
-Peterson scored his third goal of the season and netted both the second power play and game-winning goals of his career.
-Harrison netted his first career shorthanded goal and second for the Raiders this season while tying his career-high with his eighth goal
-Racine tied his career-high with four goals this season
-Penner tallied the first assist of his career on Racine's goal in the second period
-Kulevich picked his team-leading 11th assist and 14th point of the season on Peterson's game-winning goal
-Brooks picked up his third assist of the season and fifth point
-Finn racked up 35 saves to finish the weekend with 72 saves, the most by any goaltender in ECAC Hockey
-Finn passed Jeff Cooper '85 for the second most saves in a career by a Colgate goaltender with 3,046. Finn is 26 saves away from pass Mark Dekanich's career total of 3,071 for the most in program history.
 
FACTS AND FIGURES
-The Raiders tallied 24 shots for the second straight game and were outshot, 37-24, by the Golden Knights
-Colgate went 1 for 5 on the power play while Clarkson was 2 for 5
-The Raiders and Golden Knights tied in faceoffs with each team winning 30
-Andrew Black (Buffalo, New York) and Peterson led the Raiders with eight faceoff wins each
 
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Don Vaughan
"I'm just really happy for our guys, we haven't had a whole lot of luck and positives to show for some of the efforts. We continue to be a work in progress, we've got a lot of things we still need to work on but it doesn't matter how you get them, you need a win to build some confidence and some momentum. We're certainly going to take it and find a way to build upon it."
 
"[Charlie] was unbelievable. With a young team, we're a little porous defensively; our goaltending has been really good. Colton Point's played really well also, he did last weekend at Quinnipiac, but Charlie to me was the best player on the ice tonight."
 
UP NEXT
Colgate returns to action Friday night when they host the Dartmouth Big Green at Class of 1965 Arena with puck drop set for 7 p.m. before the nationally ranked No. 6/6 Harvard Crimson come to Hamilton on Saturday night at 7 p.m.