Penner Scores in Second Game of Silver Puck Weekend
HAMILTON – Behind a three-goal second period, Brown was able to down the Colgate men’s hockey program in a 4-1 final on Saturday afternoon. Tyler Penner scored the lone goal for the Raiders in the ECAC matchup.
A quick start, Colgate faced its first penalty kill of the night just 57 seconds after the drop of the puck as the action in the Brown zone was penalized for play along the boards. Colgate put up its first of two successful kills of the night, and thundered onward to a season-high of 23 shots on goal in the opening session. As the Raiders looked to strike early, a few pucks were left in the paint and the teams finished the first period scoreless.
The second period featured a pair of early pipe ringers, but still, the squad couldn’t seem to find the twine. As the game featured more equal play along the sheet, Brown won a puck battle in the corner, skated the length of the sheet and scored on the rebound for a 1-0 lead just over halfway through regulation. The Bears went on to win the faceoff in their zone, wrap around the net, and speed up the boards to score for a 2-0 advantage with 4:44 remaining in the period. Just 57 seconds later, Brown found the five hole for a 3-0 edge with minutes remaining in the second.
After the streak of scoring Andrew Farrier entered the game for his first action in goal this season, and brought with him a renewed energy for the Colgate offense. It finally paid off when McMann picked the puck off of a Bear in the neutral zone and Penner punched in the rebound. Despite how the Raiders continued to pepper the tender, they remained down 3-1 late in the third.
Opting to use a timeout and pull the goalie for the extra skater, Brown was able to block a shot and take the puck down the sheet to score on the empty net for a 4-1 score, one that would stand for the final in ECAC Hockey play.
COLGATE SCORING PLAYS
• Period 3 | 04:24 – As Brown looked to break out, McMann picked the puck off a Bear in the neutral zone before speeding in for a wide-angle attempt at the net. Tyler Penner was ready for the rebound in the paint to score on an open back door.
• By scoring Colgate’s lone
goal, senior Tyler Penner notched his first goal of the year and first since
scoring at Clarkson (March 1) last season.
• With a hand on Penner’s goal, senior captain Bobby McMann earned his second assist of the season and first since marking his first point of the year against Miami (OH) (Oct. 25).
• Sophomore goaltender Andrew Farrier made his first appearance of the season, recording nine saves and zero goals against in his 22:19 of action. It’s his first action of the season after appearing in eight games in his freshman campaign.
• By holding Brown to 0-for-2 with the man advantage, the Raiders held their opponent scoreless on the power play for the sixth straight game.
• Behind its season-high of 43 shots on goal, Colgate outshot its opponent for the fifth time in the season’s 10 games.
THE BOTTOM LINE
• Brown 4, Colgate 1
• Colgate holds a 2-5-3 record, and a 1-1-0 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• With all their games being in ECAC Hockey action, Brown is 2-2-0 on the year.
COACH VAUGHAN’S TAKE
“I thought we had a really good first period. I don’t know if emotionally, the guys get down when they hit the post. We hit three goal posts, so they guys might start doing a little guessing. That seemed to get magnified when Brown scored their second goal. We just couldn’t muster much energy until the last 5:00 of the game and that’s something that we’ll need to work on, to get through that.
“That’s the game, to get through the peaks and valleys. We’ve got to find a way to keep a high flat line emotionally. We just didn’t do that tonight.
“We generated early, got the goalposts in the second, and our penalty kill was great again. Unfortunately they found a way to get a couple and we just didn’t have it in us today to come back.
“We need to realize that every game is a battle. There is no one in our league that can’t beat another team. We need to be prepared and ready to play and I thought we were. We came out, and maybe if we had a lead things would’ve been different, but today we couldn’t play catchup.”
Colgate continues ECAC Hockey action on the road next weekend as the Raiders travel to the North Country. The Raiders first face St. Lawrence on Friday, before playing at Clarkson on Saturday.
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