Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey Defeats Maine: Three Observations

The Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey Team (9-9-1 overall, 6-2-0 ECAC) returned from their end-of-the-semester break in style on Friday night, defeating the Maine Black Bears by a score of 5-2 in front of over 900 fans at the Class of 1965 Arena. It was their third consecutive victory and sixth in their last eight games.

The 315 Hockey preview of the Colgate vs Maine weekend series: Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey Midseason Recap.

“I was pleased with the outcome. I thought our guys created some great scoring chances tonight” Raiders Head Coach Don Vaughan said after the game. “For the first game after a long break and not having a lot of prep time, it was a nice result”.

Colgate had some early momentum at the start of the game when former Raider Cole Hanson took a minor boarding penalty at the 1:58 mark. The home team could not capitalize on the power play, but just twenty-two seconds after the Hanson penalty expired Colton Young of the Raiders was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for contact to the head. The Black Bears would get the opening goal of the game during the ensuing man advantage when Nolan Renwick put a loose puck in front of the crease past Colgate goaltender Carter Gylander. The Renwick goal would be the only goal scored during the major power play.

The Raiders answered back just over four minutes later when Alex DiPaolo sent a cross-ice pass over the Maine blue line to Alex Young, who broke in on a two-on-one with DiPaolo and fired a shot from the right circle past Black Bears netminder Jacob Mucitelli to tie the game at one. Young gave his team their first lead of the game just under four minutes later when he sent a laser from nearly the same spot marking his second straight game of scoring at least two goals and his third consecutive game with at least one goal.

His coach was certainly impressed, as Vaughan said “Alex Young had a couple of pretty goals”.

The Black Bears tied the game at just over six minutes into the second period when Brandon Holt snuck a shot from near the left-side goal line past Gylander on the short side that the Junior goaltender clearly wanted back. Gylander would slam the door from there, however, and the Raider’s offense took over – rattling off three unanswered goals in the middle frame. The eventual game-winning goal was scored by Sebastian Tamburro on a play that was started when Tommy Bergsland broke his stick on a shot from the point and the puck found its way to Tamburro – who Mucitelli from in close to score his first collegiate goal.

Colgate’s Matt Verboon scans the zone during Friday night’s game at the Class of 1965 Arena on Friday night. Photo credit: Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.

The offensive explosion continued at the 14:56 mark as DiPaolo found a wide-open Ross Mitton who roofed a shot into the Maine net from the right circle to make the score 4-2. Just over a minute later, Colgate would get its fifth and final goal of the game on the power play when team captain Arnaud Vachon redirected a pass from Verboon into the back of the net to give his team a solid three-goal lead.

Arnaud Vachon (#10) scores Colgate’s fifth goal during Friday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville/315Hockey.

The third period would see no goals get scored, although the Black Bears pushed to get back in the game. They outshot the Raiders by an 11-5 margin, but Gylander was solid – turning aside all eleven shots he faced. Colgate skated away with the victory and leveled out their overall record at 0.500. Coach Vaughan said “we will continue to work on our attention to detail and bringing good habits to the rink every day. That is the formula for success. It will be the consistency in our effort and winning more one-on-one battles that will be the difference in the long run. We have a quick turnaround with a 4 pm start tomorrow (Saturday), and I guarantee that Maine will be ready to go to battle”.

Colgate goaltender Carter Gylander (#37) makes a save while Simon Labelle (#7) guards against a rebound during Friday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.

Notes: Maine outshot Colgate by a 25 to 20 margin…Colgate was 2/6 on the power play, while Maine was 1/3…Matt Verboon led all Colgate scorers with three points (all assists), followed by Alex Young (two goals), Alex DiPaolo (two assists), and Arnaud Vachon (one goal and one assist)…Maine had six individual skaters pick up one point each…The two teams face other again on Saturday at the Class of 1965 Arena with a start time of 4 pm EST.

Three Observations From the Game

Here come the Raiders

After a slow start to their 2022-23 season, the Colgate Raiders are now on a roll. Since November 12th, they have had a .750 winning percentage and show no ill effects of being off for almost four weeks during Friday night’s game. The Raiders have fifteen games remaining on their regular season schedule after Friday night’s game with fourteen of them being ECAC games – including two ranked opponents in Quinnipiac and Harvard. If they can keep this momentum and solve the inconsistency issues that plagued them earlier in the season, then the Raiders will be rounding into form at just the right time.

Good for the Captain

Colgate Raiders Captain Arnaud Vachon picked up his first goal of the season on Friday night and it was well deserved. He planted himself in front of the Maine crease seemingly every time he was on the ice and it paid off in the third period. He also picked up an assist on Ross Mitton’s goal and was a +1 overall for the game.

Hey, you look familiar!

Central New York has produced many hockey players that have gone on to play hockey at the collegiate and professional levels outside of the region. One such example is Maine Black Bears goaltender Jacob Mucitelli, who started Friday night’s game for Maine and hails from Deerfield, NY.

On a completely unrelated note, Colgate defenseman Nic Belpedio’s brother Louie was playing at the same time as Nic on Friday night just up the road in Utica. Louie plays for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League, who were in town to take on the Utica Comets at the Adirondack Bank Center.

In this episode of 315 Hockey Live, the creator of the Rink of Dreams, Barry Shelley, joins the show along with Mark Puttenvink and Ted Curtin to talk about the Rink of Dreams Classic game he will be hosting featuring the NJ Warriors (Mark and Ted are the President and Vice President of the Warriors organization). The Warriors are a hockey team comprised of disabled veterans, we will discuss the Warriors organization, how the game came to be, and more! Afterward, Scott, Mike, and Dave will discuss the recent hot streaks of the Utica Comets and Syracuse Crunch and look forward to local college hockey starting back up! You can learn more about the New Jersey Warriors hockey team at https://njwarriors.org.

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