Colgate Rallies For OT Win Over UMass Lowell

Colgate Rallies For OT Win Over UMass Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. – Behind Ben Sharf's overtime game-winner, the Colgate men's hockey program downed No. 18 UMass Lowell on the road for the Raiders first win of the season.
 
UMass Lowell was first to get on the board quickly after the drop of the puck with a chip from the goal line that was tapped to the top shelf. Minutes later, the Raiders were served the first man advantage of the night and put up a quality 2:00 of time in the Lowell zone, but the one-goal deficit would remain. The Raiders branched off its pressure from the power play and were able to tangle up the netminder to tie the game with 6:56 remaining in the first period with Jared Cockrell's first goal of the season. Just 3:23 later, the Raiders gained their first lead of the game behind a quick spin by Paul McAvoy to carry a 2-1 lead into the second period.
 
Lowell was the first to strike yet again in the second stanza as they returned to the period with a quick long shot from the blueline that was initially stopped by Mitch Benson's pads. The River Hawks flew ahead with a quick wrister on the rebound to even the game at 2-2 just 1:35 into the period. The Raiders wouldn't stand for the tie for long, as Trevor Cosgrove scored with a snipe from the blue line and a 3-2 advantage just 2:24 later. 
 
Later in the period Benson made a series of saves, but the Raiders faced their first penalty kill of the night as Paul Meyer was sent to the box for getting tied up behind the net. The sophomore netminder continued with his strong defensive play for a successful kill that fueled the Colgate offense, bringing the pressure into the final minutes of the period for Colgate's 3-2 lead that would stand through the remainder of the period.
 
After a slow start to the third, Benson continued to make strong saves to keep the Raiders ahead until they faced their second kill of the night as Ross Craig took a seat for holding midway through the period. Although the Raiders had a breakaway chance by Bobby McMann during the kill, Lowell ultimately tied the game at 3-3 with 7:18 remaining in regulation.
 
After Lowell tied the game, Colgate had a quick power play chance minutes later, but the game would remain stalled at 3-3 as the clock ticked down on regulation. Before the horn sounded, Cosgrove looked to capitalize with a shot from the point with under 20 seconds remaining, but extra play would be required.
 
Not much time though, as the team's returned to center ice for the faceoff. After winning the initial faceoff of the overtime, Tyler Penner fed the puck to Nick Austin. In the seconds that Austin chipped it ahead to Ben Sharf, he flew down the boards and sent the puck inside the near post for the 4-3 overtime win just nine seconds in at No. 18 UMass Lowell.
 
COLGATE SCORING PLAYS
• Period 1 | 13:04 – As the puck was sent to the point, it was shot into the Lowell zone by Anthony Stark before getting caught in traffic by Arnaud Vachon. Vachon punched the puck out to Jared Cockrell at the edge of the crease before the assistant captain sent it above a tangled tender to tie the game at 1-1.
• Period 1 | 16:27 – Trevor Cosgrove handled the puck up at the point, shooting it into the zone. Paul McAvoy turned the play at the edge of the paint and spun the puck past the skate of the goalie inside the left post for a 2-1 lead.
• Period 2 | 03:59 – A quick response to Lowell's tally, Cosgrove scored with a quick shot from the point through traffic that was sent to the top shelf glove side.
• OT | 00:09 – After Tyler Penner won the faceoff, he fed the puck to Nick Austin before chipping it to Ben Sharf. Heading down the right boards, Sharf came up with a wide-angle shot inside the near post, slipping the puck past the tender for the overtime win.
 
STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
• With his overtime tally and first goal of the season, senior Ben Sharf earned his first career game-winning goal.
• By adding an assist to his first goal of the season, junior Trevor Cosgrove recorded his third multi-point performance in his career.
• Behind a pair of assists, junior Nick Austin earned his sixth career multi-point night.
• Between the pipes sophomore goaltender Mitch Benson earned 33 saves. It is Benson's first 30-plus save performance of the season, after recording 14 in his rookie campaign.
• With the opening goal, senior Jared Cockrell notched his first goal since scoring the game-winner against New Hampshire last season (Oct. 12, 2018).
• Junior Paul McAvoy recorded his first goal since scoring at Union last season (Feb. 22).
• In addition to his four shots, freshman Arnaud Vachon earned his first career point with the Colgate hockey program by assisting on Cockrell's tally.
• Senior Tyler Penner led the Raiders in the circle, winning 16 of the team's 32 faceoffs wins on the night. The 16 faceoff wins is a career-high for the Winnipeg native.
• Similar to last season, the Raiders kept their streak active in which they were undefeated when scoring three or more goals (5-0-1), and in overtime matchups (3-0-3).
 
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Colgate 4, No. 18 UMass Lowell 3 - OT
 
RECORD UPDATES
• Colgate holds a 1-3-0 overall record.
• No. 18 UMass Lowell drops to 3-2-0 on the season.
 
COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"It was a hard fought game with great effort by our guys against a very good team. I am just very happy that the team gets rewarded for the hard work they have put in this fall. We had some excellent individual efforts and we played to our structure, executing the game plan we wanted.
 
"It's never a bad idea to put pucks on net and that's exactly what Ben Sharf did in overtime. His preparation, attitude, and work ethic have been excellent this fall and he is getting rewarded for that right now. We will enjoy this for tonight and then back to work tomorrow."
 
UP NEXT
Colgate rounds out the nonconference series with a 6 p.m. puck drop tomorrow at No. 18 UMass Lowell.
 
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