Speckled with Tests of Special Teams, Raiders Fall at Clarkson
POTSDAM, N.Y. – Despite scoring first, Colgate men’s hockey program dropped a 5-1 decision at No. 7 Clarkson on Saturday evening in ECAC action. In facing significant special team’s play, the Raiders were unable to build off of Jared Cockrell’s early goal.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Colgate’s highlight came just 3:10 after the drop of the puck as Cockrell scored his first of the year for a 1-0 lead. The assistant captain quickly saw another chance that was blocked minutes later, but it would remain at a one-goal game for the time being.
Midway through the period the Raiders faced their first penalty kill of the night, a move that would even the scoreboard as Clarkson became the first team in eight games to score with the man advantage. In a swift response, Clarkson capitalized on a turnover in the neutral zone and flipped it inside the near post for a 2-1 lead at the close of the session.
The Raiders kill was tested time and time again, including midway through regulation as Liam Watson-Brawn took a seat for holding in the corner. The Golden Knights would score on the back door for a 3-1 advantage and would add another power play tally for a 4-1 edge before the horn sounded the end of the second.
It seemed as if Clarkson was perpetually on the power play, but the Raiders were able to close out the third period with several successful kills. Compared to the home team’s eight chances, Colgate only saw their third power play of the night in the final minutes of regulation. Freshman Anthony Stark was able to slice a shot from the point, with John Snodgrass ready at the crease for the rebound, but it was snuffed out before they had the chance to pick it up.
Faceoff wins helped the Raiders gain quick possession to generate some chances late in the game, but Clarkson would cap off the scoring with an empty netter for a 5-1 final.
COLGATE SCORING PLAY
• Period 1 | 03:10 – Clarkson looked to get the puck out of the zone, but as the Golden Knights fed it from behind the net to the blue line, Cockrell zoomed into the slot capitalizing on the turnover to snipe the wrister with open space for a 1-0 lead.
• By scoring the lone
Colgate goal, senior Jared Cockrell tallied his first of the year. It marks the
assistant captain’s first goal since scoring in the 2018-19 season opener
against New Hampshire (Oct. 12, 2018).
• No. 7 Clarkson capitalized on its special teams, becoming the first team in eight games to score a power play goal against the Raiders.
• After scoring two goals last night at St. Lawrence, senior Bobby McMann continued with his offensive momentum to lead the team with four of Colgate’s 16 shots on goal.
• Senior Paul Meyer and freshman Anthony Stark led the Raiders with three blocked shots apiece.
• Sophomore goaltender Mitch Benson posted 23 saves against the nationally ranked opponent.
THE BOTTOM LINE
• No. 7 Clarkson 5, Colgate 1
• Colgate holds a 3-6-3 record, and a 2-2-0 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• No. 7 Clarkson is 8-3-1 overall on the season and is 3-1-0 in ECAC play.