Colgate Ties Miami In Third Straight OT Game

Colgate Ties Miami In Third Straight OT Game

HAMILTON – The Colgate men's hockey program settled with a 3-3 overtime tie against NCHC foe Miami (OH) behind a pair of goals by Paul McAvoy and 25 saves by Mitch Benson.
 
The first period featured fast play through the opening half, until the Raiders earned a win along the boards that fed out to McAvoy for a 1-0 lead. The celebration was short-lied though as Miami tied the game just 21 seconds later. After lots of back-and-forth play without a whistle, the Raiders faced their first penalty kill of the game shortly after the scoring stretch. After a successful kill, the Raiders put up a quick tally by Ben Sharf for a 2-1 lead that would stand into the second period.
 
The Raiders faced an early penalty kill in the second period, and although they burned it yet again, faced a lot of defensive play through the first half of the period. Colgate was able to capitalize on its chances, with a quick stick pickup at the crease for a 3-1 lead that would carry over into the third.
 
Miami came out from the intermission with determination as the RedHawks scored just 35 seconds after the drop of the puck to get back within one. The RedHawks struck again, tying the game just minutes later during 4-on-4 action.
 
In a tied game, the Raiders continued to grind in the third period, hungry to get back ahead in the nonconference matchup. Although Tyler Penner and Sharf had looks at the net, the Raiders were down to the final minutes of regulation looking to win the game. After drawing a penalty, the Raiders had the man advantage for nearly the end of regulation, but went on to face their third straight game of extra hockey.
 
Colgate won the initial faceoff and tallied shots by Bobby McMann and Trevor Cosgrove, but the clock would expire before either team would find the twine again. The nonconference foes would settle with the 3-3 overtime tie.
 
COLGATE SCORING PLAYS
• Period 1 | 07:11 – The puck was poked out from the boards by Henry Marshall and fed from Paul McAvoy in the circle across to Watson-Brawn. The freshman then crossed it back to McAvoy and his quick shot was sent to the top blocker side.
• Period 1 | 17:17 – Colgate's second goal was a quick tally, as Tyler Penner won the faceoff, passing over to Bobby McMann. McMann crossed the puck to Ben Sharf in the slot, and he found the top glove side for a 2-1 lead.
• Period 2 | 11:10 – In a battle along the boards, Colgate peeled the puck out from behind the net to Nick Austin at the point. Austin's shot hit traffic, but McAvoy was ready at the crease, sweeping the puck around the Miami's goaltenders pads.
 
STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
• With his pair of goals, Paul McAvoy earned his second multi-goal game in his career, and now holds three goals in the last three games. McAvoy also led the team with four shots on goal on the night.
• With an assist on McAvoy's tally, freshman Liam Watson-Brawn earned his first collegiate point.
• Ben Sharf's goal marked his second in the last three games played.
• Defensively, Paul Meyer and Nick Austin each led the team with four blocked shots on the night.
• The Raiders held their opponent scoreless on the power play for the second time in the season's six games.
• Colgate held the edge in blocked shots, earning a team total of 20 to Miami's 13.
• Sophomore goaltender Mitch Benson tallied 25 saves, including a game-high of 10 in the second period.
 
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Colgate 3, Miami (OH) 3 - OT
 
RECORD UPDATES
• Colgate holds a 1-3-2 record.
• Miami (OH) is 1-3-2 overall on the season.
 
COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"It was a scrappy game. It wasn't the kind of game I thought it was going to be. We had a lead, I'm not sure that we deserved to have, and our guys got comfortable because of that. We got away from our game and our structure. You have to give [Miami] credit, they did a great job coming back in the third period.
 
"I was disappointed in some of our effort, it almost seemed like we were tired and it seems crazy for me to say, but I know we're not lazy. We've got a couple other guys who are chomping at the bit to get out there so we'll give a chance to some of our other guys tomorrow with fresh legs and we'll see what happens."
 
UP NEXT
Colgate continues its home slate tomorrow when it hosts Miami (OH) in the series finale. Matinee puck drop is set for 4 p.m. at Class of 1965 Arena.
 
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