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Benson Records 35 Saves in Scoreless Tie at UMass Lowell
LOWELL, Mass. – The Colgate men’s hockey program skated to a 0-0 tie at No. 18 UMass Lowell on Saturday night behind Mitch Benson’s 35-save performance.
After UMass Lowell opened with strong offensive pressure, the Raiders had a chance as Bobby McMann tested the tender after 6:00 of action. At the midway point of the period, Griffin Lunn would find the back of the net, but the goal was eventually called offsides so the scoreboard would remain at zeros. Each team would have a power play opportunity, including a chance fed in by McMann to John Snodgrass at the crease, but the puck was stopped and both teams returned to full strength. Although the Raiders attempted 20 shots in the opening period, Lowell’s defense only allowed eight to land on goal as the clock expired on the first 20:00.
The Raiders received another early man advantage as Lowell was called for another interference just 21 seconds into the period, and although the 2:00 was almost entirely spent in the River Hawks zone, it would still remain scoreless. Colgate’s penalty kill faced its second test of the night as Paul Meyer headed to the box for a high-sticking call, but the Raiders burned it unscathed midway through regulation. In the final minutes of the period Jeff Stewart was robbed by a split save, as the Lowell goaltender denied the Raiders yet again on a quality chance to get onto the board. The horn sounded and the teams would head off the ice still scoreless after the second session.
Returning to the third period still hunting the twine, Colgate’s offense was stalled as the Raiders returned to the penalty kill 2:00 in. After Ben Sharf was called for interference, goaltender Mitch Benson was forced to make a series of saves to keep it a scoreless game and return the team to full strength with no damage done. Benson really began to shine in the third period, while up front the Raiders continued to pepper the Lowell net in the final 5:00. In a stretch of shots on goal, Sharf was stopped in the paint, while Stewart had a chance tipped wide.
While tensions rose as the teams searched for a decision, things got chippy in the corner calling for 4-on-4 play for the final 1:11 of regulation. Even with the open space on the sheet, Colgate and UMass Lowell would head to overtime for the second straight night.
After returning both players to the ice, the 5-on-5 action didn’t last for long in the overtime as the Raiders were called for a delay of game. Benson continued to do his thing coming up with the big saves, and Colgate returned to full strength midway through the overtime. Ultimately, the 65:00 wouldn’t be enough time to decide a winner as Colgate and No. 18 UMass Lowell skated away in a scoreless time.
• Standing out between the pipes, sophomore goaltender
Mitch Benson recorded a 35-save shutout. It is Benson’s second straight night
of recording 30-plus saves after earning 33 yesterday against the River Hawks
for a total of 68 in the series.
• The Raiders’ 25 shots on goal were led by senior captain Bobby McMann’s five on the night. The five shots on goal is a season high for McMann.
• Colgate was successful on the penalty kill, burning all four they faced on the night. It is the first time this season the Raiders have held their opponent scoreless on the power play.
• Topping the Raiders 16 blocked shots was senior Jacob Panetta with a season-high of four.
• The Raiders ultimately earned three of four points on the road against their nationally ranked opponent, after earning the 4-3 overtime win on Friday evening.
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Colgate 0, No. 18 UMass Lowell 0 – OT
• Colgate holds a 1-3-1 record.
• No. 18 UMass Lowell holds a 3-2-1 mark on the season.