HAMILTON, N.Y. – Despite a third period goal by Willie Brooks, the Colgate men's hockey program failed to come back in a 2-1 loss to Harvard on Saturday evening at Class of 1965 Arena.
It didn't take long for the Crimson to get on the board as they capitalized on the first power play opportunity just 2:50 into the game. After the initial draw at the start of the man advantage, Harvard tipped the puck at the edge of the crease for a 1-0 lead that stood through the first 20:00.
It remained at a one-score game as the clocked ticked past the midway point of regulation, but Harvard was able to increase its lead shortly thereafter. The puck sailed through heavy traffic and was redirected at the edge of the crease and Harvard was then able to carry a 2-0 advantage into the third.
Colgate's offense was really highlighted in the third period, hungry to make a dent in its deficit. Relief came with 8:04 remaining in regulation as Willie Brooks sniped a shot through the top shelf to again put the Raiders within one of Harvard. When it was awarded a second power play for the remainder of regulation after Harvard was called for holding, Colgate continued to rattle the shots off but it was to no avail before the horn finalized the 2-1 score.
COLGATE SCORING PLAYS
• Period 3 | 11:56 – After Tyler Penner brought the puck in the zone, Griffin Lunn was along the boards and ready for a backhanded feed to the blue line. From there, Nick Austin's patience with the puck paid off when he waited for an open Willie Brooks at the top of the faceoff circle. The senior forward was then able to tickle the twine over the shoulder of the Harvard netminder to put the Raiders within one.
• With the lone Raider goal senior Willie Brooks notched his third goal of the season, with all of his tallies coming in the month of January.
• By marking the first assist, sophomore Nick Austin now holds five points in his last five games played by one goal and four assists. He now begins a two-game point streak.
• Earning his second career point with a hand on Brooks' goal, freshman Griffin Lunn tallied his first point since an assist at Niagara (Dec. 7).
• Freshman goaltender Mitch Benson posted a game-high of 12 saves in the second period with an eventual 33 saves on 35 shots faced. It marks Benson's ninth 30-plus save performance of the season.
• Leading the charge on Colgate's 30 shots on goal was Brooks and junior Bobby McMann, each posting four apiece.
• The Raiders opening period resulted in their most shots on goal of the game with 12, although Harvard ultimately posted 35 on the night to Colgate's 30.
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Harvard 2, Colgate 1
• Colgate holds a 6-14-2 record, and a 3-5-2 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• Harvard is 8-6-3 overall on the season, and is 5-5-2 in ECAC play.
Colgate concludes its five-game home stand next Friday, Jan. 25 when it hosts in-state rival Cornell. The ECAC Hockey foes home-and-home series begins in Friday's 7:30 p.m. puck drop at Class of 1965 Arena, followed by Saturday's game in Ithaca.