Colgate routed by No. 4/5 Quinnipiac

Colgate routed by No. 4/5 Quinnipiac

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – In a marquee matchup at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, the Colgate men's hockey program fell in a 6-0 final to foe No. 4/5 Quinnipiac on Saturday evening.
 
In its first game back after the holiday break, both teams faced a choppy start with several offsides and icings interrupting the flow of play. Just as the clock eclipsed the midway point of the opening period, the Bobcats took advantage of some time and space in the slot to ring bar down for a 1-0 lead. Shortly thereafter, Quinnipiac caught the Raiders on a line change to score on the breakaway to increase its lead to 2-0.
 
Colgate's best chances came later in the period by the wrist shot of Ben Sharf from the top of the faceoff circle before being gloved down by Quinnipiac's netminder. With under 4:00 to go, Jacob Panetta rang the pipe from the point off the faceoff to record Colgate's best chance of the period, but the clock zeroed out with a Bobcat lead at 2-0 sitting on the scoreboard.
 
In the Raider zone, Colgate's defense became more solid in the second stanza as it blocked consecutive shots early in the period hyping up the bench. The deep defense was penetrated when a shot from the point sniped through a thick amount of traffic down low for Quinnipiac's 3-0 lead.
 
It was midway through regulation when Colgate's offense hit its stride and tested the Quinnipiac goal. Peppering the Bobcat netminder with eight additional shots on goal in the second period, the Raiders were able to face an empty net with the goaltender out of position, but the puck was deflected late just wide of the goal.
 
Persistent to increase its lead, Quinnipiac blasted past the blue line and a back door pass increased its lead yet again to a 4-0 margin less than two minutes into third period play. Not for lack of effort, the Raiders posted its most complete period of offense of the game as the third included two pipe-ringers and competitive 4-on-4 play. Although Colgate pressured back in the final minutes, Quinnipiac added two more tallies to the scoreboard for the 6-0 final.
 
STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
• In his third career start, freshman goaltender Andrew Farrier marked his second-most saves of the season with 28, behind a career-high of 35 at Miami (OH) (Oct. 27). His second consecutive start in goal featured a game-high of 12 saves in the second period.
• The Raiders' offense was led by junior Bobby McMann, as he tallied five of the team's 20 shots on goal, including three in the third period.
• Defensively, senior captain Ken Citron topped the team with three of the night's 14 blocked shots. Citron was one of 10 different players to earn a blocked shot on the night.
• As Quinnipiac benefitted from the lone man advantage of the night, Colgate held its opponent scoreless on the power play for the seventh time this season. The Raiders are 2-3-2 when holding their opponent scoreless on the power play.
• Colgate recorded a game-high of nine shots on goal in the final 20:00 of action, all the while holding Quinnipiac to a game-low of 10.
• The neutral site matchup marked the third time Colgate has played at Nassau Coliseum, after it finished in a 2-2 tie against Cornell in the 1997-98 season, and earned a 3-2 victory over the Big Red in 1998-99.
 
THE BOTTOM LINE
• No. 4/5 Quinnipiac 6, Colgate 0
 
RECORD UPDATES
• Colgate holds a 4-10-2 record, and a 1-3-2 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• Quinnipiac is 15-3-0 overall on the season, and is 6-2-0 in league play.
 
COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"We were really rusty for sure, but aside from that we just didn't work hard enough. I was disappointed in our effort. We turned the puck over too much, and if you turn the puck over against a skilled team like Quinnipiac, that's exactly what's going to happen. We gave them three goals tonight by passing right to them. It's hard enough as it is, but to give it up like that is demoralizing."
 
"We had some good moments, specifically in the third period. We finally got the puck behind their defense and started to generate some work on the boards, but too little, too late. They're a skilled team and capitalized on their chances tonight."
 
On playing at Nassau Coliseum: "I think games like this are great for the guys. We set this up a few years ago and we're going to be back for a tournament here in a few years. Any time you can expose your guys to a professional venue, it's a positive. They all have goals of playing at the next level and it's nice to expose them to a bit of that. It's been fun. The people here at Nassau Coliseum have been fantastic, including all of the support staff the ice maintenance crew. It was a really great event, I just wish we could've played a bit better."
 
UP NEXT
A quick turnaround, Colgate returns to ECAC Hockey action Friday, Jan. 4 as they travel to Quinnipiac, followed by facing Princeton on Saturday, Jan. 5. The Raiders return to Class of 1965 Arena when it hosts UMass Lowell for non-conference play Jan. 11-12.