Overtime Winner Seals Weekend Sweep for Colgate

Overtime Winner Seals Weekend Sweep for Colgate

HAMILTON – In dramatic fashion, the Colgate men's hockey program sealed a weekend sweep for critical conference points as it earned a 2-1 overtime victory over Rensselaer.
 
After a scoreless opening period, it was Evan Tschumion a 2-on-1 opportunity nearing the midway point of regulation that lifted the Raiders to a 1-0 lead. Aiming to increase its lead, the Raiders opened the third period with eight shots on goal through the first 4:00 of action but it remained a narrow one-goal game.
 
It wasn't until the final minutes of regulation when the Engineers responded to tie the game at 1-1. Colgate pressured back through the buzzer but the conference foes went to extra play for a decision. After minutes of back-and-forth play that kept fans on the edge of their seats, Bobby McMann swept the puck under the pads of the goaltender for the 2-1 victory to close out the sweep on Senior Night.

COLGATE SCORING PLAYS
• Period 2 | 06:43 – After Paul McAvoy picked up the puck form behind the net, Jacob Panetta and Evan Tschumiskated it down the sheet for a 2-on-1 chance at the goal. After Panetta's deep pass to the crease, Tschumi was ready to close out the play under the pads for Colgate's 1-0 lead.
• Overtime | 2:01 – An Engineer turned over the puck along the boards at center ice, where Bobby McMann was ready for the pick. The winger wound it down through the defensemen, and slipped the puck under the pads for the game-winner on a sliding chance.
 
STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
• With his overtime game-winner, junior Bobby McMann tallied his team-leading seventh goal of the season and second game-winner of the year.
• By scoring the opening goal, sophomore Evan Tschumi earned his first goal of the season. The goal marks the second in his career, since also scoring against RPI in his freshman season (March 4, 2018).
• Freshman goaltender Mitch Benson earned his 13th 30-plus save game of the year by stopping 31 of 32 shots faced.
• With his assist on Tschumi's tally, sophomore Paul McAvoy begins a two-game point streak.
• Now with two points in the last six games is junior defenseman Jacob Panetta after assisting on Colgate's opening goal.
• Colgate went 7-for-7 on the penalty kill this weekend, holding both of its opponents scoreless with the man advantage. Saturday's game marks the 14th time this season Colgate has held its opponent scoreless, while they have done so in four of the last five games.
• The Raiders held a 36-18 edge in the faceoff circle, marking the 18th time in the season's 32 games that Colgate has earned more possessions than its opponent.
• Topping the team in the circle was senior Adam Dauda as he won 19 of his 23 faceoff attempts.
 
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Colgate 2, Rensselaer 1 – Overtime
 
RECORD UPDATES
• Colgate holds a 10-19-3 record, and a 7-10-3 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• Rensselaer is 10-19-3 overall on the season, and is 7-11-2 in ECAC play.
 
COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"I'm really happy for our guys, especially the seniors. To go out on Senior Weekend with two wins at home is pretty special, but this is a special group full of character. They all played well tonight. It's a special group because we've been in some tough situations this year, have lost some really close games, and have trouble scoring at times, but I've been really proud seeing how they all have stuck with it and have been committed to the process. They're all buying in and I think a lot of that credit goes to the senior class. They exemplify everything that's great about our program; they're great students, great citizens and great players.
 
"It was kind of disappointing to give up a goal late like that but the guys kept great composure on the bench. Our response [to goals] is so important and that's something we talk about – answering, whether it's a penalty kill, a power play, or a goal. Every time Bobby [McMann} has the puck on his stick, he's a threat to score and he found a way to the back of the net.
 
On holding their opponents scoreless on the power play this weekend: "We've done a lot of work on the power play this season and made a few personnel changes. Our assistant coach Dana Borges has spent a lot of time watching film and working with guys individually. Your goalie needs to be your best penalty killer and Mitch Bensonhas been playing really well for that to happen."
 
UP NEXT
Colgate concludes the regular season on the road next weekend as it travels to the North Country to face Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Game times are slated for 7 p.m. on March 1-2.
 
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