HAMILTON, NY – Bicentennial jerseys celebrating Colgate at 200 Years highlighted the men's hockey series opener against No. 11/12 Cornell on Friday night. Before a crowd of 2,121 at Class of 1965 Arena, the Raiders strived for a third period comeback but fell short in a 3-2 final to the in-state rival.
The Raiders faced an upward battle as Cornell gained a lead just 1:11 after the drop of the puck. Although it was the most evenly matched period of the night, the Big Red completed the first stanza with a 2-0 lead. The momentum carried over for Cornell into the second but before the end of the period, Bobby McMann was ready to put Colgate within one with his third goal of the season.
Colgate returned for the third period with a renewed energy with which they dominated play. On its way to earning a game-high of scoring chances, the Raiders held Cornell to just two shots on goal in the third period as they searched to break the tie. A penalty proved detrimental when Cornell scored on the power play in the final 10:00 of regulation, which stood as the game winner for a 3-2 final in the opening game of the home-and-home series.
COLGATE SCORING PLAYS
• Period 2 | 05:35 – After a feed from the top of the faceoff circle by John Snodgrass, forward Bobby McMannmade a move through the feet to avoid a Cornell defender and score from the opposite hashmarks to the top shelf for a one-goal game.
• Period 3 | 06:14 – Although the Cornell netminder was able to make the initial save on Willie Brooks' shot from the slot, the Raiders capitalized on the out-of-position goalie as Josh McKechney was ready to punch in the rebound from the edge of the crease and tie the game at 2-2.
• With the Raiders opening goal, junior Bobby McMann notched his sixth of the season. His goal was followed up with an assist on the tying goal for his fourth multi-point night on the season.
• By notching the tying goal, sophomore Josh McKechney earned his third tally of the year and first since a power play goal at Dartmouth (Dec. 1).
• Now on a two-game point streak, senior Willie Brooks followed up his goal against Harvard (Jan. 19) with an assist on McKechney's goal for his first point streak of the season.
• Colgate held its opponent scoreless on the power play for the 10th time this season and are now 2-6-2 when doing so.
• Freshman goaltender Mitch Benson marked 20 saves against the in-state rival, which included a game-high of 12 in the second period.
• As they strived for their comeback the Raiders held Cornell to just two shots on goal in the third period of play. It marks the fewest shots on goal allowed in a period this season.
• Defensively, senior captain Ken Citron accounted for four of Colgate's eight blocked shots. His four-block effort marks his second-best of the season behind a six-blocked shot game against Ohio State (Nov. 10).
• In addition to notching an assist, junior John Snodgrass led the Colgate squad with McMann by earning a plus-2 rating on the night.
• Wrapping up the apple picking was fellow junior Tyler Penner as he earned an assist on McMann's goal. It marks Penner's first point since scoring at Princeton (Jan. 5).
THE BOTTOM LINE
• No. 11/12 Cornell 3, Colgate 2
• Colgate holds a 6-15-2 record, and a 3-6-2 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• Cornell is 12-5-1 overall on the season, and is 8-2-1 in ECAC play.
Colgate continues the Route 13 rivalry tomorrow, Jan. 26 when it completes the home-and-home series with the finale at Cornell. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. in Ithaca.