HAMILTON – Despite recording 39 shots on goal, the Colgate men’s hockey program fell to No. 6/10 Boston College on Sunday evening in a 3-0 final.
The Raiders saw their first early scoring chance midway through the first as Paul McAvoy came up with the drop pass in the slot to Henry Marshall, but the shot was snuffed out by the Boston College netminder. As the Raiders headed onto a pair of power play chances, a shot by Jacob Panetta would be as close as the Colgate squad would come to getting on the scoreboard with the man advantage. Shortly after returning to full strength, Boston College would earn a 1-0 lead with a top shelf tally with 6:02 remaining, making it a one-goal game after the opening 20:00.
Boston College came out quick in the second period, gaining a 2-0 advantage just 17 seconds in with a wrister to the top shelf. The Raiders wouldn’t let it slide though, as they peppered the net with a stretch of eight straight shots dominating play through the following minutes. The Eagles’ goaltender came up with a crazy glove save robbing a Colgate scoring chance midway through to keep the Raiders off the board. Despite the onslaught of offense featuring 21 shots on goal, Colgate faced a two-goal deficit heading into the third period of play.
The Raiders started out the third period with their fifth power play chance of the game, but were still unable to crack through the Boston College defense. Midway through Colgate faced their third kill of the game, but the Eagles claimed a quick 3-0 lead just 10 seconds into the man advantage with 12:41 remaining in regulation. Although Arnaud Vachon rang the pipe minutes later, it would be the closest the Raiders would come to getting on the scoreboard through regulation. Colgate faced late kills as the clock ticked down on regulation, but the 3-0 score would stand as the final for No. 6/10 Boston College.
• 18 of Colgate’s 19 skaters tallied at least one shot on goal against the Eagles.
• Sophomore goaltender Mitch Benson had a game-high of 11 saves in the first period, on his way to a season-high of 23 on the night.
• Colgate outshot its opponent for the third straight game, recording a season-high of 39 shots on goal to Boston College’s 26.
• Topping the team’s offense was junior Nick Austin with five shots on goal. The Minnesota product leads the team with 12 shots on goal through the season’s three games.
• Colgate’s 21 shots on goal in the second period are the most for a single 20:00 since notching 22 in the second period at Niagara last season (Dec. 8, 2018). The total of 39 shots on goal are a high since recording 41 in the same Niagara matchup.
• The Raiders went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill, for its most effective kill in the season’s three games thus far.
THE BOTTOM LINE
• No. 6/10 Boston College 3, Colgate 0
• Colgate holds a 0-3-0 overall record thus far.
• No. 6/10 Boston College is off to a 2-0-0 overall start on the season.
COACH VAUGHAN’S TAKE
“It was probably the best game we’ve played in a long time. I know it may ring hollow when you don’t score, but we competed head-to-head with one of the best teams in the country. They scored their goals on turnovers by us. That’s what skilled players do – they have future NHL-ers and First Round draft picks and if you turn over a puck to one of them, it normally ends up in the back of your net and that’s exactly what happened on the first two goals.
“We gave up a power play goal in the third, but I was disappointed at the end with the penalties that we took. That’s really unfortunate. But overall I think if we play that way on a regular basis, we’ll get some results.
“We hit two more goal posts tonight, and outshot one of the best teams in the country by a significant margin. We just didn’t manage the puck in certain areas of the ice and it cost us.
“If we play like we did today next weekend, I think we’ll have better results. The most important game is the next one. The coaches will learn from this – there’s certainly a lot of good we saw tonight, but we have to get back to work and get focused on playing next Friday.”
Colgate takes to the road next weekend as it travels to face UMass Lowell for a two-game nonconference series. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, followed by a 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.
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