In the first of a two-game series,
the Colgate men's hockey program dropped a 3-0 decision to UMass Lowell on Friday evening at Class of 1965 Arena.
After Lowell saw the first quality scoring chance of the game just minutes after puck drop, Colgate battled back with a consistent advantage in shots on goal. The opening period included a lot of neutral zone play with even chances in both zones, until Lowell capitalized on a 2-on-1 chance for a 1-0 lead with just 1:39 remaining in the stanza.
The second period featured a flurry of Raider attempts at the net, but it was midway through regulation when the River Hawks added a power play tally for their 2-0 lead. Colgate continued to pepper the Lowell goal through the opening of the third period, but a ring of the pipe is as close the Raiders would come to narrowing the mark on the scoreboard.
The teams alternated power play chances but it was only Lowell who was able to take advantage of having an extra skater. It was with just 1:59 remaining in regulation when Colgate saw its final power play chance of the night and opted to pull the goaltender for a 6-on-4 advantage. After blocking the shot, Lowell was able to fire the puck down the sheet for the 3-0 edge, and although Colgate tallied additional chances in the final minute, they were unable to come back before time expired for the 3-0 final.
• Colgate held a 25-17 advantage in shots on goal, which included a game-high of 11 in the opening period. Five of their shots on goal branched from its three power play chances.
• For the second time this season, the Raiders held their opponent to just three shots on goal in a period when the trio of chance are all Lowell could muster in the third.
• Leading the Raiders attempts at the net was junior Bobby McMann
as he posted a team-high of six on the night.
• Between the pipes, freshman goaltender Mitch Benson
earned a total of 14 saves with just two goals against. His performance included a game-high of seven saves in the opening period.
• The pair of nonconference foes were square statistically in both blocked shots (13-13) and faceoff wins (24-24).
• Colgate's top faceoff contender was sophomore Josh McKechney
, as he tallied 12 wins on 16 attempts.
THE BOTTOM LINE
• UMass Lowell 3, Colgate 0
• Colgate holds a 6-11-2 record, and a 3-3-2 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• UMass Lowell is 10-8-1 overall on the season, and is 5-4-1 in Hockey East play.
COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"We played hard. The difference tonight was that Lowell managed the puck better than we did, and we turned it over too much. They play a very honest game."
Colgate concludes its nonconference slate tomorrow, Jan. 12 when it holds the series finale against UMass Lowell. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Class of 1965 Arena.
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