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Colgate ties Harvard 2-2, wins the shootout

The Colgate Raiders skated to a draw with #20 Harvard on Friday night and grabbed an extra point in the ECAC standings.

A legacy and a monumental achievement were honored at the Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton on Friday night.

Before the puck dropped on Friday night, the Colgate hockey community honored its past. First, the banner signifying the Raiders 2023 ECAC Tournament championship was unveiled in the rafters of the rink. The spotlight shifted from the banner to center ice near the Colgate bench as the crowd cheered.

Standing with his family was Don Vaughan, who led the Raider program for three decades. Vaughan was not only being honored for his thirty years of service to the school but he and his wife were also being presented with their ECAC championship rings. Alternate captain Ross Mitton and team captain Pierson Brandon skated to the Vaughans and presented the rings in an emotional moment that could be felt throughout the rink.

Ross Mitton and Pierson Brandon hug their former coach Don Vaughan and his wife prior to the start of Friday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

When the pregame festivities were over, it was time to play hockey. The Raiders and Crimson were to meet for the first time since Colgate defeated Harvard in the ECAC Tournament final to earn the banner they had just celebrated.

The teams opened the game by trading goals in the first period. Colgate got on the board first with 7:42 remaining in the period when Jake Schneider fired a shot from the right circle past Harvard goaltender Aku Koskenvuo and in. Just over five minutes later, the Crimson would get the equalizer. Ryan Fine curled at the Colgate blueline and snapped a shot past a screened Carter Gylander and into the Raider net.

Colgate goaltender Carter Gylander makes a blocker save during Friday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The Raiders took the lead in the middle frame with the only goal of the period. Simon Labelle started the play when he drove down the right side of the Crimson zone to their goal line. From there he sent a nifty pass to Alex DiPaolo who rifled the puck into the top of the net for his second goal of the season.

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The home team pressed for the insurance goal in the third period, registering thirteen shots. It was the visitors, however, who lit the lamp for the only time in the period. While on the power play, Ben McDonald surprised Gylander with a sharp-angle shot from the goal line to tie the game.

Colgate’s Ross Mitton (#17) and Harvard’s Mason Langenbrunner (#22) battle right to the end of the third period. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The three-on-three overtime period settled nothing, as both goaltenders stood tall. With the game now officially a tie, the teams went to a shootout for the extra ECAC point. Ross Mitton and Ben Raymond scored for the Raiders, while Gylander stifled Crimson shooters Marek Hejduk and Joe Miller to cap a special night in Hamilton.

“Proud of our group tonight for finding a way to win,” Colgate head coach Mike Harder said after the game. “Nothing is ever easy in this great league so we need to be prepared for another battle tomorrow.”

Colgate now has an overall record of 3-4-2 and an ECAC mark of 1-1-1. With the extra point earned on Friday night, they are now in sixth place in the twelve-team conference. The Raiders remain at home tomorrow night where they will host the Dartmouth Big Green in another ECAC matchup. For more information about Colgate Raiders hockey, visit

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