Colgate Earns Second Place Finish At Friendship Four in Belfast

Friday, November 29, 2019

Princeton (1-5-3, 0-4-2 ECAC) – 1
Colgate (5-6-4, 3-2-1 ECAC) – 3

In their opening game of the Friendship Four tournament in Belfast, Ireland the Raiders earned a 3-1 win over the Princeton Tigers to advance to the championship on Saturday.

After killing of three penalties in the first period, Colgate saw themselves on a power-play change of their own as the period wound down. John Snodgrass picked up a loose puck to the left of Tigers goaltender and fired it home giving the Raiders 1-0 lead with only 12.7 seconds left in the period.

Princeton responded quickly following the drop of the puck for the second period scoring only 1:21 in. However, just three minutes later Ben Sharf scored to pick up the 2-1 lead. Bobby McMann and Paul Meyer both had their shots stopped, but Sharf was their to pick up the second rebound and put it home.

Sharf would strike again in the third period adding an insurance marker with 7:33 remaining in regulation. It was the first multi-goal game of the senior’s career. Princeton would pull their goalie for an extra attacker, but the Raiders defense and goalie Andrew Farrier (28 saves) stood tall to preserve the victory.

BOX SCORE

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Colgate (6-6-4, 3-2-1 ECAC) – 3
#12 Northeastern (10-4-2, 6-3-1 Hockey East) – 4

Northeastern scored three goals in 55 second span to take a 3-0 lead in the first period of the Friendship Four championship game. The goals were scored at 7:43, 7:55, and 8:38 (PP). Snodgrass got Colgate on the board at the 11:31 mark when he slid a rebound under the pad of the Huskies goaltender.

A minute into the second period Sharf added his third goal of the weekend to make it a one-goal game. McMann took a hit along the side boards as he fed the puck to Sharf who broke in alone before beating the Huskies goalie on a wrist shot.

Farrier made a few key saves late in the second to keep the Colgate deficit at one. He had to be strong again in the third as the Raiders faced a 4:32 span of penalty kill time. When Northeastern was assessed a penalty late in the period, Head Coach Don Vaughan elected to pull Farrier for a 6-on-4 advantage. The plan was faltered by a Huskies short-handed empty net goal to make it 4-2. Colgate continued to battle and McMann followed up his own rebound and scored with 17 seconds left to make it a one-goal game once again. Farrier remained on the bench for the following center ice face-off, but Northeastern held on for the 4-3 victory to claim the BelPot Trophy. Farrier finished with 15 saves.

BOX SCORE

TOP PERFORMERS

Ben Sharf - 3 Goals
Bobby McMan - 1 Goal, 3 Assists
John Snodgrass - 2 Goals

The Raiders will return back to North America and prepare for a weekend on the road with games at Dartmouth (Friday) and Harvard (Saturday). It is the last pair of games until after the holiday break.

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