Colgate beats UNH to complete weekend sweep

Colgate beats UNH to complete weekend sweep

HAMILTON – Behind a 35 save performance by freshman goaltender Mitch Benson, the Colgate men's hockey program sealed the series sweep of New Hampshire on Saturday evening in a 2-1 final. In a game where the Wildcats made a late push, the Raiders defense withstood in the final minutes for a 2-0 start to the year.
 
COLGATE SCORING PLAYS
• Period 1 | 11:29 – Bobby McMann swung into the Wildcats zone before passing the puck off to a ready Adam Dauda in the slot. Although the New Hampshire netminder stifled the first attempt, McMann was ready at the crease to slide the puck under the goaltender's pads on the pipe side for a 1-0 Colgate lead.
• Period 2 | 10:34 – It took just 37 seconds into the Raiders second power play opportunity of the game before Dauda made it a 2-0 game for Colgate. After McMann crossed the puck from the faceoff circle to out front of the net, John Snodgrass was ready to poke the puck in, but Dauda's backhanded swipe at the rebound put the puck past the New Hampshire goalie, marking his second point of the night.
 
STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
• Freshman goaltender Mitch Benson led the Colgate defense as he posted 35 saves, including a game-high of 15 in the second period. The mark is a season-high, surpassing his total of 18 in his collegiate debut Friday against UNH.
• After leading the Raiders in the 2017-18 campaign with a 30 point season, junior Bobby McMann tallied his first goal of the season to get the Raiders on the board. A native of Wainwright, Alberta, McMann also posted his team-leading 12th multi-point performance of his career by adding an assist on Dauda's tally.
• Senior Adam Dauda marked his first point of the season with the lone assist on McMann's goal, before marking one of his own with the man advantage. The performance was Dauda's 11th multi-point game of his career and by netting a point on the power play, it marked his team-leading 11th power play goal in his time with the Raiders.
• Yesterday's game snapped a UNH's three-game win streak against the Raiders, while tonight marks the first series sweep of New Hampshire in program history.
• The Raiders went 1-for-4 on the power play and burned both of their penalty kills on the night.
• Benson's 35 saves are the most by a Colgate goalie since Feb. 10, 2018 when Bruce Racine tallied 38 against Clarkson.
 
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Colgate 2, New Hampshire 1
 
RECORD UPDATES
• Colgate improves to 2-0-0 on the season.
• New Hampshire falls to 0-2-0 overall.
 
COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"I thought Mitch Benson was the player of the game for us. He just looks really comfortable in the net. We saw that last weekend in the exhibition game and he has carried it right through this whole weekend. I'm really happy for him. New Hampshire didn't have a lot of power plays tonight, but he was our best penalty killer and made some key stops at the end. It's really exciting for us to see that, and see how he came right in and started playing."
 
"Our upperclassmen are the guys who will need to put up numbers. [Dauda and McMann] were two guys who did that last year, and they're going to have to continue to do that. McMann is just an inch away from blowing the doors open and he's getting a lot of chances and is a strong and powerful skater that separates himself so well that it's just a matter of time before he gets a bunch."
 
"I'm pleased. I thought we played fast and everyone contributed. I thought our structure was really good. [New Hampshire] was trying to win too, and we held on at the end. We did what we had to do to get the win."
 
FROM MITCH BENSON
"I think our defense did a really good job, they let me see pretty much everything. It was pretty hectic at the end but we shut it down when we had to and it was a total team effort."
 
"It feels really good to have two wins after the weekend. I think it's a great start for the team and we're looking forward to next weekend. We'll continue the keep up the tempo in practice to prep for another big game on Saturday."
 
UP NEXT
The Raiders will hit the road for the first time in the 2018-19 campaign next weekend as they face in-state foe RIT in a single game faceoff on Saturday, Oct. 20.