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Colgate is on the brink after game one double-overtime loss

Credit: Scott Kinville

The Colgate Raiders lost game one of the best of three ECAC Tournament quarterfinals 3-2 in double overtime to the St. Lawrence Saints on Friday night.

The Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey Team (16-15-4 overall, 13-8-2 ECAC) opened their defense of their Whitelaw Cup Championship on Friday night when they hosted the St. Lawrence Saints (12-18-6 overall, 9-10-4 ECAC) in game one of the best of three ECAC Tournament quarterfinals. The seventh-seeded Saints defeated the tenth-seeded Yale Bulldogs 4-2 last Saturday night in the opening round to advance to the quarterfinals. With their number three seed, Colgate received a bye in the tournament’s first round.

The teams split the regular season series, with each winning on their home ice.

Colgate flew out of the gates on Friday night, outshooting their guests 17-3 in the first period. Despite the ice being tilted towards the St. Lawrence end, Saints goaltender Ben Kraws was sharp. He turned aside all the shots he faced (as did his Colgate counterpart Carter Gylander), and the period ended in a scoreless tie.

Colgate’s Simon Labelle (#7) takes a backhand shot in the middle of a crowd in front of St. Lawrence goaltender Ben Kraws. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The script was flipped in the second period, as the Saints were the much more aggressive team on offense. They went on the powerplay with 13:21 remaining in the period but nearly coughed up the first goal of the game. Colgate’s Jake Schneider got a clear breakaway and beat Kraws but hit the post. The Saints responded with a goal by Jan Lasak from the top of the right circle with five seconds left on the man advantage.

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Thirty-seven seconds later St. Lawrence took a two-goal lead when Josh Boyer fired a shot past Gylander and in from nearly the same spot. The Saints outshot the Raiders 16-7 in the second period and went into the second intermission leading by a pair of goals.

Ben Kraws (#33) makes a save on Colgate’s Ryan Sullivan (#16) during Friday night’s game at the Class of 1965 Arena. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The post continued to the Saints friend in the third period, as Simon Labelle rang a shot off the iron on a breakaway at just 1:41 into the third period. Colgate continued to press and was rewarded with a power play goal with 16:08 remaining in the period. Tommy Bergsland took a feed from Labelle and fired a shot from the top of the slot past Kraws and in to get the Raiders on the board.

Colgate continued to control play throughout the period, allowing the Saints only two shots for the entire frame. With 6:44 remaining, they tied the game when Alex DiPaolo hammered a one-timer from the right circle off a Brett Chorske pass into the back of the net. Neither goaltender would yield any more goals for the rest of the period forcing sudden-death overtime.

Carter Gylander (#37) makes a save while Reid Irwin (#4) patrols the top of the crease. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The first overtime settled nothing, although the Raiders controlled play for most of it and outshot St. Lawrence 12-7. With 12:36 left in the second overtime, Luc Salem snapped a shot from the point through traffic in front and into the Colgate net giving the Saints the 3-2 victory. St. Lawrence is now one win away from advancing to the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament next weekend in Lake Placid.

“It was a disappointing finish for us,” Colgate head coach Mike Harder said after the game. “We will regroup and do our best to push it to a three-game series.”

Notes: Colgate outshot St. Lawrence 49-33…Colgate was 1/2 on the power play…St. Lawrence was 1/1…Tommy Bergsland led Colgate scorers with two points (one goal and one assist)…Josh Boyer led St. Lawrence scorers with two points (one goal and one assist)…Game two is on Saturday night at 7:00 pm at the Class of 1965 Arena…Game three (if necessary) will be on Sunday night at 7:00 pm at the Class of 1965 Arena…For ticketing information, visit https://colgateathletics.com.

All photo credits: Scott Kinville.

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