Late goal seals Ohio State's weekend sweep of Colgate

Late goal seals Ohio State's weekend sweep of Colgate

HAMILTON, N.Y. – It was a competitive battle in Class of 1965 Arena on Saturday night as the Colgate men's hockey program hosted No. 7 Ohio State. In the nonconference series finale, the Buckeyes late third period goal lifted them to a narrow 1-0 victory over the Raiders, despite a 35-save performance from netminder Mitch Benson.
 
In a first period that featured lots of necessary defense by the Colgate squad, the puck maneuvered to the Ohio State zone as the Raiders pushed back in the second half, peppering shots on the Buckeyes net. Colgate overcame an 8-2 deficit in shots on goal to even the field at 8-8 by the end of the first 20:00.
 
The offensive momentum was able to carry over into the third period as an early power play opportunity for the Raiders just 1:12 into the period helped generate more solid chances. Colgate was able to earn its first edge in shots on goal by a 14-10 margin, but the pair rivals remained scoreless.
 
The physicality increased throughout the second period and made it a hard-fought third period with open ice hits and gritty play along the boards. Colgate was able to break up a hint of Ohio State momentum when they gained the man advantage 3:42 into the third period, but the Buckeyes thrived after earning the kill. It shifted the play back into the Colgate zone, and Ohio State was able to convert on a pickup behind the net and quick pick to the twine with just 9:52 remaining in regulation.
 
Although the Raiders continued to spark chances to tie the game, the ringing of the pipe with under a minute to go in regulation deterred Colgate's final chance at forcing overtime and No. 7 Ohio State was able to skate off with the 1-0 victory.
 
STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
• Between the pipes, freshman netminder Mitch Benson tallied 35 saves, upping his total to 76 on the weekend with just three goals against. It marks Benson's third consecutive game with 30+ saves.
• The Raiders held its Big Ten opponent scoreless on the power play for the second consecutive game by killing all four power play chances the Buckeyes had.
• It was the fourth time this season Colgate held its opponent scoreless on the power play, and third time in the last four games.
• Colgate held a major edge in the faceoff circle, winning possession on 36 faceoffs to Ohio State's 19.
• Leading the Raiders to their 24 shots on goal was senior Adam Dauda and junior Bobby McMann as the duo each tallied five shots on goal on the night. The chances mark a season-high for Dauda.
• With his team-leading six blocked shots, senior Ken Citron marked his most blocked shots since tallying six against Yale on Nov. 11, 2016.
• As a team, the Raiders tallied a season-high of 22 blocked shots, their most since 25 against Arizona State on Oct. 27, 2017.
 
THE BOTTOM LINE
• No. 7 Ohio State 1, Colgate 0
 
RECORD UPDATES
• Colgate holds a 2-6-1 record, and a 0-1-1 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• No. 7 Ohio State improves to 6-3-1 overall, and is 1-1-0 in the Big Ten.
 
COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"I was really proud of our guys. I think we worked extremely hard tonight, and we got a bit of our mojo back. We competed really hard and I thought we went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the country. We had a short bench with only three lines, so overall I'm pleased."
 
"Obviously we need to find a way to score a goal, and that's a point of frustration. For special teams, our penalty kill was excellent all weekend and our power play still needs work, but we saw a lot of positive signs tonight that we can take forward into next weekend."
 
UP NEXT
Colgate continues its six-game home stand next weekend as it hosts Princeton on Friday, Nov. 16, followed by Quinnipiac on Saturday, Nov. 17. The ECAC Hockey matchups are scheduled for 7 p.m. puck drops.