Colgate Suffers First Loss of the Season at RIT

Colgate Suffers First Loss of the Season at RIT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Before a sold out crowd at Blue Cross Arena, the Colgate men's hockey program could not battle back from a strong opening period by in-state rival RIT. After a three-goal first period, the Tigers downed the Raiders by a 6-1 margin after sophomore Tyler Jeanson marked Colgate's lone goal.
 
Colgate's offense showed most strongly in the second period as it peppered the RIT zone with a game-high of 20 shots on goal in the middle stanza. It was off of one of those 20 shots in the second period when Jeanson got the Raiders on the board with his first goal of the season, but Colgate's offensive squad also pressured the Tigers late in the third as they battled to narrow the 5-1 deficit. It was a strong showing with plays on the rebound as the Raiders searched for a second goal, but RIT finalized the game with just 1:13 remaining in regulation with their sixth goal of the night.
 
Although the Raiders faced two 5-on-3 chances with the man advantage over the course of the 60:00, the Tigers defense held strong to not allow any goals throughout Colgate's eight power play chances. It was in the final minutes of each period where the Tigers gained their momentum, as they scored four of their six goals in the final two minutes of action.
 
The Colgate hockey program will continue non-conference action next weekend as it travels to Oxford, Ohio to face NCHC foe Miami (OH) in a two-game series.
 
COLGATE SCORING PLAY
• Period 2 | 18:19 – As the Raiders looked to capitalize with the man advantage, the puck was passed up the ice by Jacob Panetta, before Ben Sharf was able to toe-drag the puck around the RIT defender. With Tyler Jeanson ready in the slot as the power play expired, he was able to score just two seconds back into even strength play to get Colgate on the board.
 
STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
• In scoring the Raiders lone goal of the night, sophomore Tyler Jeanson earned his first goal of the season and fifth of his career. A native of Carman, Manitoba, Jeanson has now tallied two points through the season's three games.
• By an assist on Jeanson's tally, junior Ben Sharf registered his first point of the season, after marking eight in his sophomore campaign.
• Earning the second assist on Jeanson's goal was junior Jacob Panetta, who now posts two points through the first three games. Last season, Panetta marked six points by one goal and five assists in his sophomore year.
• With 42 shots on goal, the Raiders marked their most since tallying 43 in a 3-1 win against St. Lawrence (Nov. 18, 2017).
• Leading the team's offense was Jeanson and sophomore Josh McKechney, each with four shots on goal. It marked the most shots on goal for McKechney since recording five in a 5-1 win at Western Michigan (Nov. 25, 2017), while Jeanson's four match his three-time career-high.
• Seeing his first collegiate time in goal, freshman goaltender Andrew Farrier marked six saves and one goal against in the final 20:00 of action.
• Colgate and RIT faced off in front of a crowd of 10,556 in Blue Cross Arena.
 
THE BOTTOM LINE
• RIT 6, Colgate 1
 
RECORD UPDATES
• Colgate holds a 2-1 overall record.
• RIT improves to 2-1 on the season.

COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"
It was a strange game. We attempted 86 shots and they blocked 23, which means we had the puck a lot. That said, we just lost too many puck battles in our own end. The two goals in the last minute of the first period really hurt."

"There were a couple of strange bounces at the net in our end and we just didn't create enough chaos at their net. We had opportunities in the second period with the power play, but we just couldn't execute. Special teams is often an area that lags behind other things early in the season, and it was obvious tonight that we need to work more on it."

"We will take a look at the video, meet with the guys tomorrow, and hit the reset button. It's back to work on Monday as we prepare for Miami next weekend."
 
UP NEXT
The Raiders continue non-conference action next weekend as they travel to Oxford, Ohio to face NCHC foe Miami (OH) for a two-game series Oct. 26-27. The Colgate hockey program returns to Class of 1965 Arena on Nov. 2 when it hosts Brown in the ECAC Hockey opener.
 
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