Colgate falls to RPI on the road

Colgate falls to RPI on the road

TROY, N.Y. – Despite Trevor Cosgrove notching an early goal, the Colgate men's hockey program dropped a 3-1 decision at Rensselaer on Friday night.
 
Colgate came out strong from the drop of the puck and fully capitalized on its first power play just minutes into the game. Less than a minute into the man advantage Cosgrove got the Raiders on the board with a power play goal from the blue line, but Colgate's short-lived lead came to an end when Rensselaer evened the scoreboard just 1:53 later.
 
In a period speckled with penalties, Colgate faced a 5:00 penalty kill midway though the opening stanza that changed the course of the game. In what was otherwise a strong penalty kill, RPI scored off the faceoff with just 22 seconds remaining on the man advantage for a 2-1 lead.
 
The second period had a much faster offensive presence and although Colgate was ringing iron and landed 11 shots on goal, the first period scoring would stand through the second as RPI held its narrow lead heading into the final period of play.
 
The ECAC conference foes played into a choppy third period through penalties and shattered glass. Colgate's offense was doing work in the RPI zone, but when the Raiders had to shift gears for another penalty kill, it proved detrimental. The Engineers increased their lead to 3-1 by striking the top shelf with the man advantage for the final goal of the night.
 
COLGATE SCORING PLAY
• Period 1 | 05:54 – While on its first power play of the night, Colgate entered the Engineer zone and peppered several shots early on. The Rensselaer defense blocked the first attempts before Cosgrove swung along the boards and across the blue line with the puck. A quick turn and shot through traffic found its way through the netminder's five-hole to get Colgate on the board.
 
STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
• Defenseman Trevor Cosgrove notched his fifth goal of the season, and first since against UMass Lowell (Jan. 12). Heating up in the second half, three of Cosgrove's five goals have come within the last month.
• With the first assist on Cosgrove's tally, junior Bobby McMann now holds 12 points in the last 13 games. While extending to a three-game point streak, McMann joined the century club tonight by playing in his 100th career game.
• In earning his ninth assist on the season, sophomore Nick Austin now holds three assists in his last five games played.
• Freshman goaltender Mitch Benson tallied 28 saves, including a game-high of 15 in the second period.
• In posting a 36-29 advantage in the circle, Colgate has now earned more possessions than its opponent in 16 of the season's 25 games.
 
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Rensselaer 3, Colgate 1
 
RECORD UPDATES
• Colgate holds a 7-16-2 record, and a 4-7-2 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• Rensselaer is 8-17-1 overall on the season, and is 5-9-0 in ECAC play.
 
COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"It was a very disappointing night. Our energy was in and out and losing Bobby McMann early didn't help but others need to rise up. We just didn't get enough of that tonight. We need more guys to make plays. There were no surprises and RPI played the game we thought they would. At the end of the night it came down to special teams like it often does. They scored two power play goals and we scored one. We will need to be a lot better tomorrow night."
 
UP NEXT
Colgate completes the weekend's ECAC series tomorrow, Feb. 2 when it travels to Schenectady, New York. The Raiders face No. 18 Union in a 7 p.m. puck drop before returning to Hamilton to host St. Lawrence and Clarkson on Feb. 8-9.