SCHENECTADY — Colgate gave up a pair of costly goals 20 seconds apart in its 4-1 loss to Union on Friday night, leaving the Raiders facing a must-win situation in the ECAC hockey tournament's first round.
The teams play again tonight at 7. The Raiders must win to force a third game on Sunday at 7 in the best-of-three series at Union.
Union took an early 1-0 lead on the first power play opportunity of the game by crashing the crease with a two-on-one
Adam Dauda tied it up with a quick backhand at the edge of the crease for a square game heading into the locker rooms.
A feed across the Colgate blue line by Ken Citron found Paul Meyer. The defenseman skated the puck to center ice before sending it off to Dauda at the point. Dada dodged a defensemen then got off a quick shot at the crease before he scored off his own rebound on the backhand to make it a 1-1 game.
Colgate failed to convert on a power play early in the second period then minutes later, a pair of goals by Union 20 seconds established a lead they maintained the rest of the game. Union added an empty net goal at the end of the game to win 4-1.
Freshman goaltender Mitch Benson made 28 saves on the night with three goals against.
Colgate plays tonight to keep the season alive. The Raiders must force a third game with a win in the best-of-three series at Union to keep playing on Sunday.