Point's Career-High 51 Saves Lead Raiders in Shutout Over Harvard

Photo by Dave Kibbe
Photo by Dave Kibbe

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Goaltender Colton Point (North Bay, Ontario) was phenomenal in goal Saturday night as he recorded a career-high 51 saves to backstop the Colgate men's ice hockey team to a 2-0 shutout over the Harvard Crimson at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

With the win, Colgate swept the season series with Harvard for the first time since the 2009-10 season. It was just the second time the Raiders have ever shut out the Crimson and first since Spencer Finney's 25-save shutout vs. Harvard on Nov. 17, 2012. 
 
Point's 51-save effort is the most by a Colgate goaltender since Charlie Finn '17 made 51 in game two of the ECAC Hockey playoffs last season, a 4-3 loss in overtime.
 
His 51 saves are also the most by a Colgate goaltender in a shutout since at least the 1999-2000 season as he picked up his fourth shutout of the season. They're also the most saves by a goaltender in NCAA Division I Hockey this season and the third most saves in a game overall.
 
The Raiders tallied a pair of power-play goals en route to their 2-0 shutout as Bobby McMann (Wainwright, Alberta) tallied his 11th goal of the season and Willie Brooks (Locust, New Jersey) fired home his first.
 
Brooks gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead with 4:34 to go in the first period as he rocketed a power-play goal past Harvard goaltender Merrick Madsen. McKechney won a faceoff in the offensive zone to Mike Panowyk (Whitby, Ontario) who go the puck back to McKechney and passed it back to Meyer. Meyer continued the point-to-point passing as to Brooks where he blasted the puck home.
 
McMann gave the Raiders an insurance goal just 1:51 into the third period after an Adam Baughman tripping penalty. Adam Dauda (Kitchener, Ontario) worked the puck along the blue-line to Nick Austin (St. Louis Park, Minnesota). Austin found McMann to his left and after a slight hesitation; McMann fired the puck through traffic for the goal.

Throughout the game, Point made save after save to keep the Raiders ahead. One of Point's biggest saves came with 1:07 to play in the second period. Point stopped a Harvard shot from the right point and the rebound kicked out to the left wing where Lewis Zerter-Gossage's shot was stopped by Point with a sprawling save to keep the puck from crossing the end line.
 
BOTTOM LINE
Colgate 2, Harvard 0
 
WIN/LOSS RECORDS
The Raiders picked up their fourth shutout of the season to get back to .500 at 11-11-4 (7-6-1 ECAC Hockey) while the Crimson are swept this weekend to fall to 9-8-4 (8-5-3 ECAC Hockey)
 
KEY RAIDER INFO
-Point tallied a career-high 51 saves in Colgate's shutout of Harvard, besting his previous best of 45 saves at Quinnipiac on Jan. 13, 2017
-His 51 saves are the most for a Colgate goaltender since Charlie Finn '17 had 51 in an overtime loss to Princeton in the playoffs last season
-They are the most by a Raider in regulation since at least the 1999-2000 season
-Point has the most saves by any goaltender in a shutout in NCAA Division I Hockey this season and the third most saves in a game
-Point finished the weekend with 93 saves to lead all goaltenders
-McMann recorded his team-leading 11th goal of the season and now has 22 points
-Brooks tallied his first goal of the season with a power-play blast
-Colgate recorded two power-play goals for the third time this season and first since Nov. 17
-Meyer picked up an assist for a second straight game to record points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career
-McKechney became the third Raider, and first freshman, to reach 10 assists with his helper on Brooks' goal
-Austin picked up an assist McMann's goal to maintain his team-lead among freshmen with 12 points
-Dauda now has 14 points this season as he tallied his sixth assist
 
FACTS AND FIGURES
-Colgate was outshot 51-21 in the game
-The Raiders were great on special teams, going 2 for 4 on the power play and 5 for 5 on the penalty kill
-Harvard had a 39-21 edge in faceoffs with McKechney leading the team with nine faceoff wins
 
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Don Vaughan
"Obviously we have a really good goalie, Colton played a fabulous game tonight and it looked to me like he was just in the zone. He wasn't going to let one in regardless of what happened. That said, we did a good job of not giving up a lot of second and third chances."
 
"I was just looking for more of a response from the team after how we played last night. We were lethargic and didn't play with a lot of energy. We had much better energy tonight against a really good team and our power play came through."
 
"We didn't watch a lot of video today because, to me, it wasn't going to be about X's and O's tonight. It was going to be whether we could find the energy and bring that part of our game back and we did. We know we're fortunate we found a way to win on the road against a very good team. That's the most important thing at this point in the season."
 
"Colton's an elite level goaltender and has a bright future. He is an unbelievable competitor but he's a team-first guy so he'll never look anywhere else but in the mirror. He's a keeper."
 
"It's better to come into the game on Monday after a win like this than it would have been the other way. We can build upon this, pull the good stuff out this game and reinforce going into next weekend against RPI and Union.
 
UP NEXT
Colgate men's ice hockey returns home to Class of 1965 Arena next season to face Rensselaer and Union for the first time this season. The Raiders host the Engineers Friday night at 7 p.m. before taking on the Dutchmen on Saturday at 7 p.m.