PROVIDENCE, RI - Senior Jordan Pietrus (Winnipeg, MAN) scored a pair of third-period goals, but it wasn't enough for Brown to erase a 5-0 deficit as Colgate (5-2-3, 3-0-0) earned a 5-3 victory over the Bears (0-3-1, 0-2-1) in Brown's home opener at Meehan Auditorium.
Brown fell behind, 2-0, after the first period of play, as the Raiders outshot the Bears, 13-8, in the opening frame. Colgate was all over Brown in the opening eight minutes of play, forcing head coach Brendan Whittet to use his timeout.
The teams came out of the huddle and Colgate went up 1-0 on a set play on the ensuing faceoff. With the faceoff coming to the left of sophomore Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA), Ethan Cox drew the puck back to Jason Williams in the slot. Williams beat Clemente with a low shot for the first goal of the game at 7:55.
The Raiders went up on their second power play of the night just five seconds later and Robbie Bourdon responded with a power play goal for Colgate 1:15 into the man advantage.
Brown dominated the second period, outshooting Colgate, 13-9, though neither team found the back of the net, as the Raiders held onto the 2-0 lead heading into the final period.
The Bears had a golden opportunity towards the end of the frame firing back-to-back shots with Charles Long out of position, but after he saved the first attempt, the next shot went wide of the net. Freshman Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) was wide open on the left post and had a partially open net to shoot at, but he couldn't handle the puck, as Colgate escaped the threat.
The Raiders went up, 3-0, 1:32 into the third when Austin Smith converted a beautiful three-on-two with linemates David McIntyre and Brian Day. Day collected the puck from McIntyre along the left wing, pulled Clemente over to the left post, and crossed the puck over to Smith on the right, who had the easy tap-in.
Just 56 seconds later, Corbin McPherson gave Colgate a 4-0 lead, scoring on a delayed penalty call on the Bears when his shot from the right side banked off the far post and in.
Following the goal, which came at 2:28, senior Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) replaced Clemente in net. However, Day made it 5-0 in favor of the Raiders just 41 seconds later, beating Rosen through the five-hold from the slot.
Pietrus got the Bears on the board at 5:40, converting on Brown's third power play chance of the night. After receiving the puck from sophomore Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB), junior Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB) passed down to Pietrus at the left faceoff circle. Pietrus fired a low wrist shot that found its way behind Long, before hitting the far post and bouncing in.
Pietrus' goal ignited the Bears, as they scored back-to-back goals in a span of 12 seconds three minutes later. Senior Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) made it a 5-2 game with his second goal of the season at 8:50, finishing off a feed from Zaires with a shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle. Just 12 seconds later, at 9:02, Pietrus scored his second of the night when he collected the puck off a faceoff win by senior Sean McMonagle (Oakville, ONT) and beat Long with a wrist shot from the right side.
Colgate called a timeout following the goal and things settled down from there. Brown took two penalties in the final 3:13 of play, including one that led to a 25-second two-man advantage for the Raiders, which the Bears were able to withstand. A late Colgate penalty evened things up with 1:09 remaining and Brown pulled Rosen for the extra attacker, but the Bears could get no closer in the final minutes.
COLGATE 2 0 3 x - 5
BROWN 0 0 3 x - 3
First Period - C, Williams (Cox), 7:55; C, Bourdon (McNamara, McPherson), PP, 9:15. Penalties - C, 1-2; B, 3-6.
Second Period - No Scoring. Penalties - C, 2-4; B, 4-8.
Third Period - C, Smith (McIntyre, Day), 1:32; C, McPherson (McIntyre), EA, 2:28; C, Day (Smith), 3:09; B, Pietrus (Russell, Maclellan), PP, 5:40; B, Volpatti (Zaires, Van der Linden), 8:50; B, Pietrus (McMonagle), 9:02. Penalties - C, 2-4; B, 2-4.
B, Mike Clemente (42:28) - 11-9-0-x - 20; B, Dan Rosen (16:29) - x-x-10-x - 10; C, Charles Long (59:58) - 8-13-8-x - 29.