Colgate upended by No. 18 Union

Colgate upended by No. 18 Union

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Colgate men's hockey program dropped a 6-0 decision at No. 18 Union on Saturday evening.
 
Colgate faced a lot of defensive play as Union came out strong from the drop of the puck. After the Raiders earned their first quality scoring chance of the game, Union quickly turned it around to score on a breakaway for a 1-0 lead. Although Union got the fast start, the Raiders' momentum really started to build once they earned the man advantage midway through the opening period. Colgate tallied eight chances at the goal but Union closed out the first with a 1-0 lead.
 
The second period featured choppy flow spanning either end of the ice. Just as the Raiders started to generate some chances in the Dutchman zone, it was again turned around and sent from mid-ice as Union went bar down for a 2-0 lead midway through regulation. A late period power play continued to pose problems as the Dutchmen increased their lead to 3-0 with the man advantage.
 
Colgate's best scoring chance came at the horn of the second period as the Raiders batted the puck at the crease until the buzzer but headed to the locker room facing a 3-0 deficit. Upon returning to the ice for the third period, Colgate sat for three additional penalties, two of which Union converted on. With just under 7:00 to go in regulation, the Dutchmen topped off their scoring with an even strength goal for a 6-0 final in ECAC Hockey action.
 
STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
• Five of Colgate's 20 shots on goal were tallied by sophomore Nick Austin. His five on net is a career-high.
• Defenseman Paul Meyer led the Raiders with four blocked shots as the team posted an eventual 17 on the night. The four stops ties his two-time season-high.
• In entering the game to man the crease for the third period, freshman goaltender Andrew Farrier made his first appearance since his start against Quinnipiac (Dec. 29). The Montreal, Quebec, native posted 11 saves in the third period of play.
• Freshman Mitch Benson tallied 27 saves through the first two periods, including a game-high of 14 in the opening period.
• Colgate went 0-for-1 on its lone power play opportunity of the night that came midway through the first period.
• Union's 44 shots on goal ties the most allowed in a game this season by the Raiders after allowing the same to then-No. 7 Ohio State (Nov. 9).
 
THE BOTTOM LINE
• No. 18 Union 6, Colgate 0
 
RECORD UPDATES
• Colgate holds a 7-17-2 record, and a 4-8-2 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• No. 18 Union is 13-8-5 overall on the season, and is 6-7-1 in ECAC play.
 
COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"This was tough. We got beat badly and it's a lot more of the same for us. There are a couple of elephants in the room when it comes to our team right now and that's the lack of offense and our penalty kill. We just have to find a way to be better.
 
"When you're not scoring it's tough. When you give up a couple of goals it's a long climb up. Perhaps we bottomed out tonight and now we've got to find a way out of this. It really got away from us and [Union] took it to us.
 
"We have got to find a way to right our ship and stay together as a group. When you have a tough loss like tonight you don't want negativity creeping into the locker room.  We've got to find a way to keep it positive, find a silver lining and keep working. We have a good group and need to keep plugging away."
 
UP NEXT
Colgate returns to Class of 1965 Arena next weekend when it hosts St. Lawrence and Clarkson for continued ECAC Hockey action. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. on both Feb. 8-9.