CANTON - Colgate sophomore center Tylor Spink scored a pair of goals and sophomore defenseman Ryan Johnston scored his first collegiate goal for the game winner as the Raiders upended 17th-ranked St. Lawrence 5-3 in a ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena Friday night.
Colgate won at SLUs Appleton Arena for the first time since February of 2008, snapping a seven-game winless streak in Canton, and snapped a four-game unbeaten streak in league play by the Saints. The Raiders improve to 5-6-1 overall and 3-2-0 in the ECAC, while the Saints are now 6-3-2 overall and 2-1-2 in the ECAC.
The Saints jumped out to leads twice, but a hard-working Colgate team had an answer each time, and other than the first goal of the game, the Raiders were able to keep the lid on the Saint scoring duo of Matt and Greg Carey to help earn the victory.
SLU opened the scoring on freshman Matt Careys ninth of the season from his brother and Chris Martin 5:25 into play, but Colgate answered just 2:08 later when sophomore defenseman Kevin Lough picked up his own rebound and scored his first goal of the season.
Saint sophomore Alex Hagen made it a 2-1 game 2:53 into the second period with his third of the year on a shot which went in off the post, but the lead lasted less than two minutes as Spink scored his first of the night and sixth of the year at 4:37 from his twin brother Tyson and Jake Kulevich. Tylor Spink then put Colgate up 3-2 on a power play at 8:33 as he threaded a shot through a screen and inside the near post for his second of the game.
Defenseman Justin Baker scored his third of the year on a power play from Pat Doherty and Eric Sweetman with 30.5 seconds to play in the second period to make it a 3-3 game after 40 minutes.
Johnston scored the game winner on a bomb from the top of the faceoff circle after the Saints were unable to complete a clear at 5:18 of the third and Andrew Black iced the win with his fourth of the year into the empty net at 19:22.
Colgate outshot the Saints, who had four shots go off the posts or crossbar in the game, 30-21 with Matt Weninger making 25 saves for SLU and Eric Mihalik finishing with 18 for Colgate.
SUNY CANTON FALLS
The SUNY Canton mens hockey team dropped a 6-1 decision to visiting Southern New Hampshire University at the Roos House on Northmen Night as more than 100 alumni, family and friends visited campus on Terry Martin Weekend.
The win improves the Penmen to 3-1-0, while the loss drops the Roos to 1-3-1.
The visitors got on the scoreboard first 15:06 into the first period with the skater advantage. Dane Caracino fed the puck to Casey Goll at the point where he fired a shot toward goal that was redirected out in front by Joe Collins who beat Roo goaltender Christopher Marsillo (Lincroft, NJ) for the 1-0 lead. SUNY Canton held a 10-7 shots on goal advantage after one as they earned a second power play of their own near the end of the opening period.
The Penmen extended their lead to 2-0 12:28 into the second frame when they once again capitalized with their power play unit. This time it was Caracino finding the back of the net off passes from Goll and Collins. Southern New Hampshire would open up a three goal advantage three minutes later when Jay Sylvia netted his first goal of the season with Steven Berry earning the assist on the play.
SUNY Canton would bring the deficit within two at the 17:24 mark when Justin Brooks (Aurora, ONT) and Kristian Leach (Indianapolis, IN) assisted Dave Schneiders (Indianapolis, IN) second score of the season to make it 3-1. The teams went to the second intermission with Southern New Hampshire holding a two-goal lead despite the Roos outshooting the Penmen 19-16.
After the teams skated 4-on-4 to start the second period the Penmen were able to capitalize with the extra skater for the third time on the evening when Collins netted his second power play marker and seventh goal of the season to make it 4-1. Southern New Hampshire would add two more goals within a 45 second span, one coming short-handed for the 6-1 final.
Marsillo made the start in net for SUNY Canton making 13 saves over 43:19, while Louie Puig (Chicago, IL) replaced him turning aside 12 shots in the final 16:41. Tyler Holske stopped 21 shots in the win for the Penmen.