Colgate Falls at No. 20 New Hampshire

Colgate Falls at No. 20 New Hampshire

DURHAM, N.H. – The Colgate men's ice hockey team suffered its first loss of the season Friday night as the Raiders fell to the nationally ranked No. 20 New Hampshire Wildcats, 5-0, at the Whittemore Center.
 
Starting goaltender Bruce Racine (Bethesda, Maryland) made 17 saves in his second career start for the Raiders, making his first start since Oct. 22, 2016 when he started against another Hockey East team in the Merrimack Warriors.
 
Ken Citron (Cos Cob, Connecticut) nearly tied his season total Friday night as he blocked five shots in the game to lead all skaters. As a team, the Raiders blocked a total of 18 shots.
 
Colgate and New Hampshire battled in the first period of the game before the Wildcats broke open the scoring on Max Gildon's first career goal. Racine made 11 saves in his first period of work.
 
The Wildcats scored their second goal 1:43 into the second period before the Raiders buckled down to keep the game 2-0 until midway through the period. New Hampshire scored three goals in the final 9:09 of the second period to claim a 5-0 lead.
 
Neither team found the back of the net in the third period as the Raiders recovered from a difficult second period. The Raiders managed to outshoot the Wildcats in the period, 9-8, but could not avoid the first shutout of the season.
 
BOTTOM LINE
New Hampshire 5, Colgate 0
 
WIN/LOSS RECORDS
The Wildcats improve to 3-0-0 to open the season with three straight wins for the first time since 1998-99 while the Raiders fall to 2-1-1 with their first lost.
 
KEY RAIDER INFO
-Racine made his second career start, tallying __ saves
-This was the first meeting between Colgate and New Hampshire since the 2000-01 season, and first meeting in Durham since the 1996-97 season
-Evan Peterson (Lakeville, Minnesota) and Josh McKechney (Calgary, Alberta) each won a game-high 12 faceoffs, with Peterson going 12 for 16
-Citron blocked five shots Friday night, nearly doubling his season total of six from the first three games
-Mike Panowyk (Whitby, Ontario) was second on the team with four blocked shots while Jacob Panetta (Belleville, Ontario) and Paul Meyer (Edina, Minnesota) each had three.
 
FACTS AND FIGURES
-New Hampshire outshot Colgate, 30-23, with the Raiders outshooting the Wildcats, 9-8, in the third period
-The Wildcats scored a pair of power-play goals, going 2 for 4, while the Raiders went 0 for 3
-Colgate was the better team on faceoffs, winning 33 of the 55 faceoffs, and won more faceoffs in all three periods including an 11-4 advantage in the first period
-The Raiders also had the advantage in blocked shots, 18-9
 
UP NEXT
The Raiders and the Wildcats wrap up the two-game series Saturday night at the Whittemore Center with puck drop once again set for 7 p.m.