Raiders Pick Up First ECAC Hockey Win

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HAMILTON — Matt Verboon and Josh McKechney each scored two goals as Colgate picked up its first ECAC Hockey win of the season, defeating RPI 5-2.

The Raiders got on the board first as just under six and a half minutes into the game Elliott McDermott found McKechney who snuck one past the Engineers goaltender.

RPI outshot Colgate 11-6 in the period but Carter Gylander saved all 11 of those shots to keep them scoreless. The sophomore had a total of 25 saves on the night.

In the second, RPI tied the game up when Ture Linden scored with 14:13 remaining in the period. Just 21 seconds later Jeff Stewart passed to Colton Young who put it in as the Raiders regained the lead.

With just under nine minutes to go, McKechney netted his second of the game to make it 3-1. Matt Verboon topped off the second period scoring when he fired one in on a power play with less than a minute to go.

Verboon found the back of the net again in the third, as the Raiders took a 5-1 lead.

RPI pulled one back with just over a minute to play in the game, but would not have enough time to mount a comeback.

Both teams finished with an even 27 shots. Colgate was in control in the face off circle, going 36-28.

The Raiders had two penalties on the night for a total of 4:00 in the box while the visitors had three for a total time of 3:32.

FROM THE SOURCE

Head Coach Don Vaughan

“I really liked our approach to the game tonight. RPI had a great start and pressured us hard but we stayed with our game plan and settled in as the game went on. We had some timely goals and some great individual efforts from guys like Josh McKechney and Colton Young and Matt Verboon. This is a tough league and every game is a battle. It’s now time for us to hit the reset button and get ready for a very good Union team tomorrow.”

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Colgate returns to the ice tomorrow when they face off against Union at 4 p.m.

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