HAMILTON – Colgate dropped its first men's hockey game of the new year, a 4-1 loss Friday to visiting Clarkson University, the 10th ranked team in the nation.
The loss was the Raiders' ECAC league opener.
The game started late, with a delay of almost two hours after the ice resurfacers at Class of 1965 Arena had technical difficulties. The game started after another one was brought in by neighboring Hamilton College.
Clarkson scored the lone first period goal. They built a 2-0 lead with a tally midway through regulation.
Colgate trimmed the lead to one when freshman Alex Young blocked a shot and picked off the puck before speeding down the ice. The Calgary native sped down the right boards and took a shot from the right faceoff circle, sending it bar down for a one-goal game. It was his second score of the season.
Clarkson pushed the score to 3-1 with two seconds left in the middle period.
With just over six minutes left in the game, the Golden Knights won a faceoff and took it down the sheet for a top-shelf tally to increase their lead to 4-1.
Colgate freshman goalie Carter Gylander appeared in his first complete game for the Raiders. The Beaumont, Alberta native tallied a season-high of 21 saves on the night.
The Raiders are now 1-2-1 on the season and 0-1-0 in the ECAC.
The Raiders return to road competition on Sunday as they travel to Potsdam for the second conference matchup against Clarkson. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m.