Colgate edges Saints 2-0 in Appleton thriller
Saturday's St. Lawrence-Colgate ECAC hockey game had everything but a satisfying outcome for the majority of the fans at Appleton Arena Saturday night.
The two teams went back and forth in a fast-paced end to end game which took just 1:54 to compete and while it was a well-played and exciting game, it did not go the Saints way as Colgate came away a 2-0 winner, adding an empty net goal in the final 13 seconds.Neither team scored in a first period which took just 22 minutes to complete and the torrid pace continued into the second period.
Colgate junior wing Darcy Murphy snapped a scoreless tie 5:38 into the second period and sophomore goalie Charlie Finn made the goal stand up as the game winner, coming up with a number big third period saves to protect the lead.
"It was a great hockey game," said Saint coach Greg Carvel. "Their goalie stood on his head in the third period. I was very proud of the way we played against a real good offensive team. They got some shots from outside, but we held them to a few chances and just couldn't get one of our own to go in."
Colgate, which has allowed one goal or less in each of its last four games, improved to 13-6-1 overall and 5-2-1 in league play, while the Saints are 9-10-2 overall and 5-4-0 in league play.
Finn came up big in the third period, making 12 of his 22 saves including a couple of game savers as he robbed Saint rookie Mike Marnell with eight minutes left and then came up with two big saves on a late Saint power play, one of only two power plays in the game.
Murphy scored his fifth goal of the season at 5:38 of the second period as he took the puck from Mike Panowyk, broke into the Saint zone and fired a shot along the ice which Saint rookie goalie Kyle Hayton got a pad on, but couldn't keep out of the net.
The 17th ranked Raiders added an empty net goal to ice the win as junior Tyson Spink scored his tenth of the year from brother Tylor and Kyle Baun with 13 seconds left in regulation.
Hayton finished with 30 saves for the Saints as Colgate had a 21-10 edge in shots on goal in a fast-paced and exciting game through two periods. The Saints came on strong in the third, outshooting Colgate 12-11, but couldn't get anything past Finn, who recorded his fourth shutout of the year.