Colgate splits pair of hockey games with St. Lawrence


CANTON — The Colgate men's hockey team beat St. Lawrence Saturday then lost to the Saints in a shootout Sunday, splitting the two games on the road.

Saturday, three Raiders recorded multi-point games in the 4-2 victory. Freshman netminder Carter Gylander recorded a 34-save performance in the win.

Elliott McDermott scored the first of his career to put Colgate up 1-0 late in the first period. McDermott took a shot from the point and through traffic, it trickled through the five-hole for the opening goal.

In the second period, St. Lawrence capitalized on an opening to tie the game with a shorthanded goal. Minutes later, the Saints scored on the rebound to claim a brief 2-1 lead before the midway point of regulation.

On the next man advantage, the Raiders were able to right the ship as Matt Verboon’s power play tally blocker side made it a 2-2 game. Alex Young reclaimed the lead for the Raiders for a 3-2 advantage with six minutes left in the second. He cleaned up a rebound by Verboon to score at the backdoor. 

Ross Mitton scored an empty net goal with 9.1 remaining in the game to seal the victory, handing St. Lawrence its first loss of the season.

Sunday, the teams couldn't decide the outcome in regulation or overtime, so it went to a shootout.

The Saints got the first goal when they scored at the end of a power play, taking a 1-0 lead into the second intermission.

Early in the third period, St. Lawrence was on the power play again but this time it was Colgate that scored. After winning a faceoff in the Colgate zone, Arnaud Vachon took the puck to neutral ice. Entering St. Lawrence territory, he centered the puck to Nick Anderson, who tapped it to Josh McKechney. McKechney capitalized on an out-of-position goaltender to score shorthanded to tie the game at 1-1.

Although Colgate tallied goals by McKechney and Verboon in the shootout, the Saints would claim the extra ECAC point in the fifth round.

Gylander made 26 saves on the night for Colgate.

Colgate went 1-1-1 in the three-game weekend series. They now have a 2-3-3 record and are 1-2-2 in the ECAC.

After playing three games in the last four days, the Raiders will take a break until this weekend’s home-and-home series against Quinnipiac, Jan. 15-17. The series opens on Friday with a 5 p.m. puck drop at Class of 1965 Arena, before wrapping up in Hamden, Conn. on Sunday at 4 p.m.


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