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Colgate Raiders complete weekend ECAC sweep, beat Princeton

Credit: Scott Kinville

Twenty-four after defeating #3 Quinnipiac, the Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey Team took down another ECAC foe by beating Princeton 6-3.

It was a good weekend at the Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton, NY for the Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey Team 8-11-3 overall, 5-4-1 ECAC).

On Friday night, the Raiders landed what many would say is their biggest victory of the season so far when defeated the third-ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats 2-1. Reid Irwin’s third-period power-play goal proved the game-winner in the low-scoring affair. On the other end of the ice, goaltender Carter Gylander turned aside thirty-five Quinnipiac shots to help send the home crowd home happy.

Head Coach Mike Harder’s team had little time to rest on its laurels. The Princeton Tigers (6-11-2 overall, 5-7-1 ECAC) came to town for a Saturday night game in Hamilton. They would be looking for some payback, as the Raiders defeated them 6-3 in their building on November 17. The Tigers also desperately needed a win, as they had lost five straight games entering Saturday night’s contest.

Carter Gylander makes a save during Saturday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

After the opening faceoff, the Raiders looked to pick up right where they left off from the night before. At just 3:38 into the first period, first-year defenseman Dom Foglia picked up his first collegiate point. His blast from the Princeton blue line found its way past Princeton goaltender Arthur Smith to make the home team a 1-0 lead. The Tigers tied the game just under four minutes later on the power play. Jack Cronin fired a wrist shot from the left circle past Colgate netminder Carter Gylander to tie the game at one.

Just when everyone thought the game would be tied at one going into the first intermission, the red lights got a workout. The Raiders took the lead with 1:27 remaining in the period when Jake Schneider’s shot from the right circle knuckleballed past Smith and in. With nine seconds remaining, the visitors tied the game up again. A failed clearing attempt in the Colgate zone led to Princeton’s leading scorer, Adam Robbins, getting a wide-open look. He fired a laser from the right circle that Gylander got some of, but not enough as the puck bounced into the net to conclude the scoring in a wild first period.

Colgate’s Ethan Manderville sets up a screen in front of Princeton netminder Arthur Smith during Saturday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The second period did not have the offensive fireworks the first period had. They combined for twenty more shots, but both goaltenders made big saves to keep the scoring in check. The only goal of the period was scored by the Raiders while on the power play. Alex DiPaolo sent a centering pass to Ryan McGuire in the slot, and Colgate’s leading scorer did the rest. He roofed a shot that Smith could not catch up to and gave his team the lead.

Ryan McGuire’s second-period power-play goal gave the Raiders a 3-2 lead. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

An event at the end of the second period would have a massive effect on the third period. As the buzzer sounded to end the middle stanza, a Raider was seen being checked into the end boards. Harder challenged the play, and after review, the officials determined Princeton’s Brendan Gorman was guilty of a check to the head, The ensuing five-minute major penalty would begin at the start of the third period.

Two Emma Pais goals and Sydney Bard’s 100th career point push Colgate past Princeton

It would prove costly for the visitors, as the Raiders took full advantage. They got their first power-play goal of the major just fifty-seven minutes after it started. Alex DiPaolo hammered a one-timer from the right circle off a feed from Nick Anderson into the Princeton net to make it 4-2. It was DiPaolo’s second goal of the weekend.

After the DiPaolo goal, Princeton head coach (and former Colgate Raider) Ron Fogarty replaced Smith in goal with Ethan Pearson. The home team welcomed him by scoring again on the major penalty as it was winding down. This time it was McGuire launching a one-time into the net from the right circle for his second goal of the game. The setup came from DiPaolo, who finished with one goal and two assists on the night.

Colgate’s Alex DiPaolo (#28) drives into the Princeton zone while Noah de la Durantaye (#22) defends. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Already leading by four, the Raiders made it 6-1 just over a minute after McGuire’s second goal. Ben Raymond snapped a shot from the right circle on a two-on-two that eluded Pearson and dented the twine.

After the Raymond goal, the Tigers would ratchet up the pressure for the rest of the period. It paid off with a Nick Seitz power-play goal with 7:49 remaining. They could have got even closer, but Gylander made several outstanding saves to keep Princeton at bay and seal Colgate’s 6-3 victory. Gylander would finish the game with forty saves.

“We are certainly happy with the results this weekend but clearly recognize that we have a long way to go in order to achieve our goal,” Colgate head coach Mike Harder said after the game.

The Raiders hit the road next weekend for two more ECAC games. On Friday night they visit Dartmouth and then travel to Harvard for a game Saturday night. For more information about Colgate Raiders hockey, visit https://colgateathletics.com.

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