Colgate Bests Dartmouth, 4-1, in Physical Contest
HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s hockey team fell, 4-1, to visiting Colgate Friday night at Thompson Arena in its first ECAC Hockey game in a month.
The loss drops the Big Green to 3-13-2 overall this season and 2-9-0 in league play. The Raiders’ record improved to 10-9-3 overall and 6-3-1 in league games with the win.
"I thought we played hard," head coach Bob Gaudet said. "That's a team (Colgate) that beat the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country recently.
"We are a group that is continuing to get better every time we take the ice. Sometimes the puck just doesn’t bounce your way, but we have to continue to be a hard-working team if we are going to be successful,” Gaudet continued.
Junior Brandon McNally got the home team on the scoreboard with his first goal in 10 games at the 8:09 mark, knocking in a rebound from a Troy Crema shot kicked out into the slot. The 1-0 lead lasted just 27 seconds as the Raiders’ Andrew Black answered back almost immediately to tie the game.
Colgate jumped out to its first lead of the night as Mike Borkowski netted a power-play goal with 2:29 remaining in the opening frame to give the visitors a one-goal advantage headed into the locker room for the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period, the Raiders got a 4-on-4 goal from Ryan Johnston just 1:07 into the third and capped the scoring with a power-play marker from Spiro Goulakos at 7:24 to build the lead to the eventual final score of 4-1.
Sophomore Charles Grant made his ninth straight start in the Dartmouth crease, turning aside 20 in the losing effort. Despite the outcome, Grant made several key saves with an outstretched pad or with the glove through traffic. At the other end of the ice, Charlie Finn stopped 24-of-25 from Big Green players in picking up the win.
Dartmouth was held without a power-play marker in two opportunities, while Colgate scored two times in four chances with the man-advantage. For the game, the Green outshot its opposition, 25-24.
The Big Green will be home again on Saturday as they take on ECAC Hockey and Ivy League rival No. 12 Cornell. Puck drop at Thompson is set for 7 p.m.