Colgate falls to Yale

Colgate falls to Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A pair of third period goals propelled Yale past the Colgate men's hockey program in ECAC Hockey action on Friday evening.
 
Behind strong defensive play by freshman goaltender Mitch Benson, the pair of conference foes skated through a scoreless opening period despite Yale's 11 attempts at the net. It was well past midway of regulation before the scoreboard ticked over as Yale's third chance at the net found it's way through traffic for a 1-0 lead at the conclusion of the second period.
 
A flurry of action midway through the third period came as junior John Snodgrass wrapped the puck around the net looking for a back door goal. As it was stifled by the Yale netminder, the defense tossed the puck out of the Bulldog zone for a breakaway that resulted in Yale's 2-0 lead.
 
Shortly thereafter, Colgate was awarded the first power play opportunity of the night as they looked to respond to the two-goal deficit. A clean game overall, the officials called the first penalty after nearly 48:00 of play. After Yale notched its third of the night with just under 7:00 remaining in regulation, the Raiders were awarded the man advantage once more with 1:51 on the clock. Despite pulling Benson for a 6-on-4 advantage Colgate was unable to find the back of the net before the buzzer sounded the 3-0 final.
 
STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
• Of the Raiders 18 shots on goal sophomore Josh McKechney tallied a team-high of four. The four attempts at the net is just one shy of his season-high of five at Miami (Oct. 27).
• Playing a clean game, the Raiders were not called for any penalties on the night. It marks the first time since at least the 1998-99 season that Colgate hasn't sacrificed any penalties to its opponent.
• Freshman goaltender Mitch Benson posted 29 saves, including a game-high of 11 in the scoreless opening period.
• The Raiders tallied 21 blocked shots to Yale's eight on the night.
• Leading the way defensively was junior blueliner Paul Meyer as he tied his career high with five (vs. Cornell, Jan. 20, 2018).
• Junior Jacob Panetta also posted a season-high of four blocked shots.
• After a slow opening period, Colgate tallied seven shots on goal in both the second and third periods.
 
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Yale 3, Colgate 0
 
RECORD UPDATES
• Colgate holds an 8-19-2 record, and a 5-10-2 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• Yale is 12-9-3 overall on the season, and is 10-6-1 in ECAC play.
 
UP NEXT
Colgate continues ECAC action on the road Feb. 16 as it travels to Providence, Rhode Island, to face Brown. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.