Colgate surrenders one goal, falls to Dartmouth

Colgate surrenders one goal, falls to Dartmouth

HAMILTON, N.Y. – After a scoreless two periods of play, it was a quick shot off the draw that proved detrimental for the Colgate men's hockey program on Friday night. Visiting Dartmouth decided the game when it got on the board with less than 9:00 remaining in regulation serving the Raiders a 1-0 loss in ECAC Hockey action.
 
After a quiet first period both teams returned for the second still searching for the opening score. In a game where Dartmouth seemed to be getting the better of the looks, a strong power play midway through the period fueled the Colgate offense to which the Raiders overtook the edge in shots on goal (22-19) after two.
 
As the clock hit the single digits on regulation, it was obvious that the first team to score would be critical in the final result. Sophomore Tyler Jeanson skated a defenseman out of his boots for one of Colgate's best scoring chances of the night, but goose eggs remained on the board.
 
Minutes later, the Big Green won a faceoff and a low angle shot squeezed under the pads of Colgate's netminder Mitch Benson. Dartmouth's 1-0 lead came with just 8:18 remaining in regulation and although Colgate rang the pipe twice in its second power play opportunity, the Big Green's unassisted goal stood as the lone tally of the night for a 1-0 final.
 
STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
• Freshman goaltender Mitch Benson was a standout in the crease making 24 saves on 25 shots faced. His performance included a game-high of 12 saves in the opening period.
• Continuing its hot streak in the circle, the home team held a 27-19 advantage in faceoff wins, now earning more possessions than its opponent in 15 of the season's 21 games.
• Colgate outshot its opponent for the eighth time this season when they posted 28 shots on goal to Dartmouth's 25.
• The Raiders held their opponent scoreless on the power play for the ninth time this season as Dartmouth went 0-for-1 with the man advantage.
• Four Raiders posted four shots on goal each, including Paul MeyerJosh McKechneyBobby McMann and Trevor Cosgrove. The four shots on goal is a season-high for defenseman Paul Meyer.
• Leading the team with three blocked shots of the team's 10 was junior Jacob Panetta, an effort tying his season best.
 
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Dartmouth 1, Colgate 0
 
RECORD UPDATES
• Colgate holds a 6-13-2 record, and a 3-4-2 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• Dartmouth is 7-8-2 overall on the season, and is 6-3-1 in ECAC play.
 
UP NEXT
Colgate continues its five-game home stand tomorrow, Jan. 19 when it hosts Harvard at Class of 1965 Arena. Originally scheduled for 7 p.m., the ECAC Hockey matchup is now scheduled for a 3 p.m. puck drop due to the impending Winter Storm Harper.