PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite a pair of goals from John Snodgrass, the Colgate men's hockey program skated to a 3-3 overtime tie at Brown on Saturday evening.
Scoring right out of the gate was senior Adam Dauda as he got the Raiders on the board just 4:30 after the drop of the puck. Although Brown evened the slate midway through the period, Snodgrass responded almost immediately for the Raiders as he regained the lead just nine seconds later.
The 2-1 Colgate lead held until the final minutes of a choppy second period when the Raiders found themselves in a pit of penalties. Brown capitalized on the man advantage to tie the game at 2-2 while on 1:07 of a 5-on-3 power play. As the Bears began to spend more time in Colgate's zone the Raiders pressured back and made a statement by regaining the lead yet again with just 16.6 remaining in the period as Snodgrass picked up his second of the night.
Hungry to increase the Raiders lead, Dauda rang the pipe on a breakaway midway through the third but it remained a one-goal game. It was freshman goaltender Mitch Benson between the pipes holding off a determined Brown offense that tallied a game-high of 15 shots on goal in the final 20:00.
As the Bears opted for an empty net, they were successful with the extra skater to tie the game with 1:51 remaining in regulation. Colgate attempted to pressure back as it tallied three chances at the Brown goal in the final minute, but the conference foes went to an extra session before finalizing the 3-3 tie.
COLGATE SCORING PLAYS
• Period 1 | 04:30 – A pass along the boards to center ice by Bobby McMann found Hunter Racine. The defenseman fed the puck across the blue line to an open Adam Dauda before he struck the top shelf for Colgate's 1-0 lead.
• Period 1 | 11:02 – Just nine seconds after Brown tied the game at 1-1, the Raiders crashed the Brown zone. Capitalizing on a turnover behind the net, Josh McKechney sent it out front to a ready John Snodgrass at the edge of the crease. A quick wrist shot sent the puck into an unattended net for the Raiders to reclaim the lead 2-1.
• Period 2 | 19:43 – As the clocked ticked down on the period Jeff Stewart sent the puck to the neutral zone where Snodgrass dodged a defenseman for possession. For his second of the night the Eagan, Minnesota, native made a backhanded play at the edge of the crease to the top shelf with just 16.6 remaining before the buzzer.
• In getting the Raiders goal scoring started, senior Adam Dauda recorded his third of the season and snapped a scoring draught dating back to Nov. 30, 2018 at Harvard.
• By scoring his fifth and sixth goals of the season, junior John Snodgrass posted his second multi-goal game of the year. The winger has now posted three goals in the last four games.
• Freshman goaltender Mitch Benson tallied 36 saves, including a game-high of 14 in the third period. The performance marks Benson's 11th game with 30-plus saves.
• In assisting on Dauda's tally, fellow senior Hunter Racine now holds three points in the last six games by one goal and two assists.
• By a having a hand on Dauda's opening tally, junior Bobby McMann marked his team-leading 19th point on the year and third point against Brown this season.
• Defensively, the Raiders tallied 17 blocked shots to Brown's three on the night. Tying his career-high of five for the second consecutive game was junior defenseman Paul Meyer.
• Sophomore Josh McKechney hit double digits with an assist on Snodgrass' first goal, now recording 10 for a total of 13 points in the 2018-19 campaign.
• With an assist on Snodgrass' second of the night, freshman Jeff Stewart tallied his second point in the last three games.
• Of Colgate's 28 shots on goal, McMann tallied a team-high of five against the Bears.
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Colgate 3, Brown 3 – OT
• Colgate holds an 8-19-3 record, and a 5-10-3 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• Brown is 10-10-5 overall on the season, and is 7-6-5 in ECAC play.
COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"It was a good road game for us and we battled all night. Of course we wanted the two points and I know we will be judged on wins and losses, but as coaches we evaluate on our play and execution. Tonight we played with structure and energy.
"It's a tough league and every game is a war; just look at the scores tonight. Every game comes down to a special teams play or a bounce of the puck. We had to defend a 5-on-3 power play tonight and we did a great job. They tried to send puck to the slot and it bounced off our defenseman and into the net. That's the game.
"We can take some positives from tonight and build on them as we prepare for Union and RPI next weekend. I can guarantee that this group will not quit."
Colgate returns home to Class of 1965 Arena next weekend as it hosts Union and RPI on Feb. 22-23. Being the last home game of the regular season, Saturday's game will serve as Senior Night honoring the Colgate men's hockey program five-player senior class.