Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey vs Niagara Preview

Photo credit: Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.

By Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.

The Colgate Raiders Men’s Hockey Team (6-7-1 overall, 4-2-0 ECAC) is on a roll. After stumbling out of the gates, as they went 2-5-1 for the month of October, the Raiders turned things around in November. On the fourth, coach Don Vaughan’s team nearly upset the then sixth-ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats on the road – losing by a 3-2 score. Since then, the Raiders have had four wins against only one loss and have climbed into fourth place in the ECAC with ten conference points.

This weekend, the Raiders travel to Western New York to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles (6-3-1 overall, 4-3-1 AHA) for games on Friday and Saturday at the Dwyer Arena. The Purple Eagles play in the Atlantic Hockey Association, which Central New York hockey fans are familiar with. In March of 2022, the conference held the semifinals and final of its postseason championship tournament at the Adirondack Bank Center. Niagara is undefeated in its last four games but has struggled on home ice – as they are 1-3-1 at the Dwyer Arena. The Raiders have a 4-4-0 record away from the Class of 1965 Arena.

Colgate’s Alex DiPaolo (#28) sets up in the offensive zone during a game against Brown at the Class of 1965 Arena. Photo credit: Scott Kinville/315 Hockey.

Both the Raiders and Purple Eagles will be looking to extend their winning streaks heading into their two-game series. Let’s take a look at how the two teams match up against each other.

Colgate Raiders Team Offense

Goals For: 35.

Goals Per Game: 2.5.

Shots: 429.

Shots Per Game: 30.64.

Power Play: 18.3% (11 for 59).

Niagara Purple Eagles Team Offense

Goals For: 37.

Goals Per Game: 3.7.

Shots: 275.

Shots Per Game: 27.5.

Power Play: 25.9% (7 for 27).

Colgate Raiders Top Five Scorers

1.) Alex Young: 5 goals + 8 assists = 13 points.

2.) Matt Verboon: 6 goals + 6 assists = 12 points. Verboon leads the Raiders in goals.

3.) Alex DiPaolo: 4 goals + 8 assists = 12 points.

4.) Nic Belpedio: 4 goals + 5 assists = 9 points.

5.) Ross Mitton: 3 goals + 6 assists = 9 points.

Colton Young leads the Raiders in shots with 59. He leads the ECAC in shots as well.

Niagara Purple Eagles Top Five Scorers

1.) Ryan Cox: 6 goals + 6 assists = 12 points.

2.) Carter Randklev: 5 goals + 4 assists = 9 points.

3.) Casey Carreau: 3 goals + 6 assists = 9 points.

4.) Shane Ott: 2 goals + 6 assists = 8 points.

5.) Jay Ahearn (4 goals + 3 assists), and Jason Pineo (4 goals + 3 assists) = 7 points each.

Casey Carreau leads the Purple Eagles in shots with 31.

Colgate Raiders Team Defense

Goals Against: 34.

Goals Against Per Game: 2.4.

Shots Allowed: 432.

Shots Allowed Per game: 30.9.

Penalty Kill: 83.3% (45 for 54).

Niagara Purple Eagles Team Defense

Goals Against: 34.

Goals Against Per Game: 3.4.

Shots Allowed: 298.

Shots Allowed Per Game: 29.8.

Penalty Kill: 69.4%.

Colgate Raiders Goaltending

Carter Gylander has a record of 6-7-1, with a GAA of 2.36, a save percentage of 0.923 and one shutout. Gylander leads the ECAC in saves with 397 – which also ranks third overall in Division I.

Andrew Takacs has made 1 save in 6:23 of ice time this season.

Niagara Purple Eagles Goaltending

Chad Veltri has a record of 5-1-1 with a GAA of 2.70, a save percentage of 0.914, and one shutout.

Jake Sibell has a record 0f 1-1-0 with a GAA of 3.55, and a save percentage of 0.857.

Ryan Ouellette has a record of 0-1-0 with a GAA of 4.15, and a save percentage of 0.840.

Both Friday and Saturday’s games are scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm EST. Television coverage is available on FloHockey and updates are available at Colgate Men’s Hockey Twitter page @ColgateMIH. For more information about Colgate Raiders hockey, visit https://colgateathletics.com.

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