A two-goal first period lifted Miami (OH) past the Colgate men’s hockey program on Saturday evening for a 2-0 final in nonconference action.
Just 1:08 after the drop of the puck, Miami won a battle along the boards and came out of it to score for a 1-0 lead. The second half of the period was all Colgate, consistently peppering the RedHawk zone with chances, but Miami would continue to capitalize when it could. After winning a faceoff in the Colgate zone, Miami made a play to score on the backdoor rebound in the final minutes of the period.
Although the Raiders were able to carry over 1:28 a man advantage into the second period, the 2-0 score would stand strong. The period featured much more even action across both ends of the sheet, until the Raiders faced their first penalty kill of the night midway through. After the successful kill, it would continue to be tested four additional times and remain strong as time expired on period two.
The third period was scattered with penalties on both ends of the ice, forcing goaltender Mitch Benson to make big saves at all angles. With the fast play featuring whistles few and far between, the play became scrambled in the corners as both teams returned to full strength in the final minutes of regulation. The Raiders continued to play scrappy until they pulled their netminder with under a minute remaining.
Although the Colgate squad tallied chances until the horn, Miami’s defense withstood the pressure for the 2-0 final in the series finale.
• The Raiders held their opponent scoreless on the power play for the third consecutive game, as Miami went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
• Senior defenseman Paul Meyer led the team with three blocked shots. Meyer tops the team with 12 on the season.
• Although the Raiders went 0-for-4 on the power play, they recorded a steady nine shots with the man advantage.
• Sophomore netminder Mitch Benson earned 17 saves, including a game-high of seven in the third period.
• The Raiders significantly outshot their opponent, recording 29 shots on goal to Miami’s 19. It is the fourth time Colgate has outshot its opponent this season.
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Miami (OH) 2, Colgate 0
• Colgate holds a 1-4-2 overall record.
• Miami (OH) is 2-3-2 on the season.
COACH VAUGHAN’S TAKE
“Our penalty kill was very good this weekend. Brett [Riley]’s done a great job working with those guys. It was a funny game today, one where I thought our power play executed really well. We moved pucks into areas that we wanted to, but their goalie made some major stops, and we fell behind early and started to chase the game a bit. I was probably more disappointed last night than I am today, even though we lost.
“There were some signs there that we’re doing some things well. We got some new guys into the lineup today, which is good. We’re working towards something, and I know we’re going to be fine, but clearly we need to find a way to score some goals. The effort was there.
“I think we did a lot of good things, just not enough of them. We have to get back to work. We’ll take tomorrow off, look at the video, and get ready for another big challenge next weekend at Providence.”
Colgate continues nonconference action next weekend with a single game matchup at 2019 Frozen Four participant Providence. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.
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