Colgate Men’s Hockey Loses a Heartbreaker

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The Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey Team opened their regular season on Friday night with a thrilling game against the Northern Michigan Wildcats at the Class of 1965 Arena. Unfortunately for the home team, the end result was not the one they were looking for.

Northern Michigan entered Friday night’s game having already opened their regular season the weekend before – splitting a two-game series with Bowling Green State. Although the Raiders had played two exhibition games last weekend (winning both of them) it took a while to get their legs under them as they registered only one shot on goal through the first ten minutes of the game. The last half of the first period would feature special teams, as Colgate had two power plays. It was Northern Michigan however who was the beneficiary, as during the first one the Wildcats AJ Vanderbeck wired a shot from the top of the faceoff circle past Colgate goaltender Carter Gylander to give the visitors a 1-0 lead they would home through the end of the period.

Colgate Raiders vs Northern Michigan Men’s Hockey Series Preview

The Wildcats nearly made it 2-0 one minute into the second period, but Gylander shut down a two-on-none chance for the visitors and provided the spark his team was looking for. Colgate turned up the offensive pressure and it paid off at the 10:50 mark when Colton Young sent a pass to Pierson Brandon who drove into the Northern Michigan zone and snapped a shot over Wildcats goaltender Charlie Glockner to tie the score at one.

Colgate outshot Northern Michigan by a margin of 17-7 in the second period, but the score remained tied at one at the end of the second period thanks to the efforts of both goaltenders. Glockner faced more shots, but Gylander stopped point-blank scoring chances by Michael Colella and Vanderbeck to keep the Wildcats scoreless for the period.

The Raiders took the lead at 2:38 into the third period on the power play when Alex Young sent a cross-ice pass to Matt Verboon who blasted a one-timer from the right circle past Glockner to give his team a 2-1 lead. The Raiders nearly took a two-goal lead less than a minute after the Verboon goal when Ryan McGuire got a grade-A shorthanded chance off of a sloppy turnover in the Wildcats zone but Glockner turned him away.

With 6:47 left and Colgate clinging to its 2-1 lead, Raiders defenseman Reid Irwin took a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for hitting from behind giving the Wildcats a golden opportunity to tie the game and perhaps take the lead. They did indeed tie the game a minute into the advantage when Artem Shlaine put a rebound into the home team’s net, but that would be all Northern Michigan would get on the major.

At the 9:09 mark of the third period, Colgate defenseman Anthony Stark left the game with an injury leaving the Raiders with four defensemen for the rest of the game as Irwin had already been ejected. Northern Michigan turned up the pressure and got a late power play chance that the Raiders killed. There would be no overtime, as with fifteen seconds left Vanderbeck fired a shot from the left circle that got through Gylander and trickled over the goal line giving him the game-winning goal as the Wildcats skated away with a 3-2 victory.

Notes: Colgate outshot Northern Michigan 33-30…Colgate was 1/5 on the power play while Northern Michigan was 2/6…Alex Young (two assists) led Colgate in points, AJ Vanderbeck (two goals), and Michael Colella (two assists) led Northern Michigan in points…Colgate’s record is 0-1, and Northern Michigan’s record is 2-1…The teams meet again on Saturday at the Class of 1965 Arena with a start time of 4 pm EDT.

In this episode of 315 Hockey Live, Colgate Men’s Hockey Head Coach Don Vaughan and goaltender Carter Gylander join the show! We discuss the start of Coach Vaughan’s coaching career in Holland, Carter being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, the upcoming season, firefighting (?), and much more! Be sure to subscribe to the show on YouTube and Spotify, and check out https://315hockey.com – THE source for Central New York hockey news!

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