Original game Recap: Men’s Ice Hockey | 3/9/2019 11:16:00 PM | Jenna Jorgensen
The Colgate men’s hockey program’s season came to a close on Saturday night as Union earned a 4-0 victory in the First Round of the ECAC Tournament. The No. 7 seeded Dutchmen advance after winning the best-of-three series over No. 10 seed Colgate.
Colgate came out with a vengeance from the drop of the puck, crashing the Union zone early in the game. Although the Raiders were outshooting Union 8-5 midway through the opening stanza, the Dutchmen were first to get on the scoreboard for the second night in a row as it notched a glove-side wrister for a 1-0 lead.
Entering the second period facing a one-goal deficit, the Raiders had a consistent presence in the Union zone but a shot by Nick Austin from the point is the closest Colgate would come to scoring through the second period.
The Raiders’ energy continued into the third stanza as they looked to narrow the one-goal game. A wraparound by Griffin Lunn at the crease got the puck in the paint, but the Raiders were denied yet again as the clock eclipsed the midway point of the final period.
A pair of third-period goals by sealed Colgate’s fate as Union increased its lead to 2-0 with 10:38 remaining in regulation and again with 5:34 on the clock. The Raiders opted for an extra attacker for 2:35 near the end of the game but after the Dutchmen scored on the empty net, it finalized the 4-0 score ending Colgate’s season.
Head Coach Don Vaughan’s take
Our compete level was there, we just didn’t get any breaks either. It’s not an excuse but we worked hard, had opportunities around their net, and they just didn’t go in.Head Coach Don Vaughan
It’s always disappointing when it ends and it’s tough. We have a great group of seniors who put their heart and soul into the program. It didn’t go the way we wanted this year but this group never quit working. They always came to the rink excited, they wanted to get better, and they wanted to learn. A big part of that is our senior class and how they kept it together.
It didn’t go the way we wanted this season or how we wanted tonight to go, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of work by this group.”