CANTON, N.Y. – The Colgate men's hockey program dropped a 5-2 decision at St. Lawrence in Saturday's regular season finale, ultimately awarding the Raiders a No. 10 seed in the 2019 ECAC Hockey Tournament. With the result, Colgate heads to No. 7-seeded Union for the best-of-three first round series from March 8-10.
In the final game of the 2018-19 regular season, the Raiders found themselves facing an upward battle early after St. Lawrence gained a 3-0 lead just 12:41 after the drop of the puck. A top shelf snipe to the glove side got the scoring started just 1:29 into the game and after allowing a shorthanded goal for a three-score deficit, freshman Andrew Farrier took over tending the net.
A complete opposite from the start of the period, the Raiders dominated play by not sacrificing a shot on goal to the Saints for the next 14:15 running over into the second period. While on its second man advantage of the night Bobby McMann scored to cut St. Lawrence's lead to 3-1, but just as quickly as the Raiders offense started up it had to shift. Shortly thereafter, Colgate faced 51 seconds of a 5-on-3 penalty kill and allowed another puck to find the back of the net as St. Lawrence regained its three-goal lead at 4-1.
Throughout the night, Colgate's power play was solid in which it generated a season-high of 10 scoring chances, but with a late breakout after returning its player St. Lawrence increased its lead yet again for a 5-1 advantage.
The final minutes were some of Colgate's best of the night and was where Jacob Panetta put up the final tally. Despite the late push, Colgate couldn't overcome the three-goal deficit and fell 5-2 to St. Lawrence.
COLGATE SCORING PLAYS
• Period 2 | 05:18 – While on its second man advantage, Colgate peppered the Saints zone. While rotating the defensemen, Paul Meyer faked a shot from the point and passed to an open Bobby McMann at the right faceoff circle. A one-timer rang the crossbar signaling Colgate's opening goal on the night.
• Period 3 | 16:46 – After a sweeping pass from behind the net by McMann was picked up by Jacob Panetta at the point, the defenseman fired through traffic for a top shelf snipe to close out the night's scoring.
• With his lamp lighter in the second period, junior Bobby McMann improved to a team-leading eight goals on the season. Earning his team-leading sixth multipoint night of the year with an assist on Panetta's goal, McMann now posts 11 points in the last 12 games and has points in four of the last five games.
• Recording his third goal of the year and second against St. Lawrence was junior Jacob Panetta. The defenseman holds six total points on the year and two in the last three games.
• By tallying a team-high of seven shots on goal, freshman Griffin Lunn earned a new career-best of attempts at the net. His previous season-high was five shots on goal against Harvard (Nov. 30, 2018).
• By marking the first assist on McMann's tally, junior Paul Meyer earned his seventh point on the year. Three of the Edina, Minnesota, native's points have come against St. Lawrence this season.
• Sophomore Nick Quillan picked up his first point of the year with an assist on Colgate's opening goal. The apple marks Quillan's first point since scoring on Jan. 6, 2018 (vs. Princeton).
• The Raiders held a 34-22 advantage in shots on goal, as well as a 71-46 edge in total shots. Colgate held St. Lawrence to single-digit attempts at the net in every period, including a low of five in the third period.
• Defensively, St. Lawrence shut down many of the Raiders 71 attempts at the net with 22 blocked shots.
• Colgate held a 34-24 advantage in faceoff wins marking the 19th time in the season's 34 games that the Raiders have earned more possessions in the circle than its opponent.
• Topping the team in the circle was junior Tyler Penner as he won 12 of his 16 attempted faceoffs.
THE BOTTOM LINE
• St. Lawrence 5, Colgate 2
• Colgate holds a 10-21-3 record, and a 7-12-3 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• St. Lawrence is 5-27-2 overall on the season, and is 3-17-2 in ECAC play.
UP NEXT – ECAC FIRST ROUND
• Colgate will have the No. 10 seed in next weekend's ECAC First Round. The Raiders face No. 7-seeded Union in Schenectady, New York, for the best-of-three series from March 8-10.
• The in-state rivals split the regular season after Union earned a 6-0 victory at home (Feb. 2), before Colgate responded with a 5-1 win in Hamilton last weekend (Feb. 22).