Belfast, Northern Ireland — Twelfth-ranked Northeastern got a quick start behind three goals in a minute span to beat Colgate in men’s hockey 4-3 in the finals of the Friendship Four championship.
In one minute in the second half of the first period, Northeastern scored three including a power play tally. John Snodgrass got Colgate on the board and back within two. At the edge of the crease, Snodgrass picked up a rebound and punched it in under the pad of the goalie to get Colgate on the board.
It took one minute into the second period for Ben Sharf to score his second of the weekend to make it a one-goal game. While in the Raider zone, Bobby McMann picked the puck off a Husky at the blue line. From the near boards, McMann sent it to Sharf at center ice, where he skated up on the breakaway and scored down low.
With under two minutes remaining in regulation the Raiders pulled the goalie for a 6-on-4 edge on a Northeastern penalty. Northeastern scored on the empty net with 55.6 seconds on the clock for a 4-2 advantage.
McMann scored on his own rebound with 17.6 seconds remaining in regulation to put the Raiders back within one. With an extra skater, the Raiders bombarded the Husky zone. Nick Austin’s shot from the blue line was blocked and sent wide to where Colton Young picked it up and crossed it over to McMann in the slot. The captain swung wide to the circle before shooting and picking up his own rebound. He sent the puck over the shoulder of the goalie to the top shelf.
Sophomore goaltender Andrew Farrier made his third straight start, recording 15 saves.
Colgate is 5-7-4, 3-2-1 in the ECAC.
Colgate returns to league play this weekend as it travels to Dartmouth and Harvard. Continuing its two-month road stint, the Raiders first face the Big Green on Friday, followed by the Crimson on Saturday.