HAMILTON, NY - Colgate (12-12-5, 9-7-1) opened up a 3-1 game with a pair of short-handed goals in the first two minutes of the third period en route to a 6-2 victory over the Brown men's hockey team (7-15-3, 5-10-3) on Saturday evening at Starr Rink.
The Raiders wasted little time in taking a 1-0 lead, as Nick Prockow found the back of the net on their first scoring opportunity of the night. Sean Carty started the play with a wrap-around attempt from the left side of the net, which freshman Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, NY) saved. However, the rebound bounced out to Prockow on the left side of the crease and he lifted it behind Borelli, near side.
Senior Sean McMonagle (Oakville, ONT) tied the game at 1-1 six minutes later on what was the Bears' second shot of the night. Freshman Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) carried the puck into the zone along the left wing and passed it behind the net to senior Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC). Timberlake sent it back out front to McMonagle, who dove at the puck, knocking it into the right corner of the net for his fourth goal of the year.
Colgate grabbed a 2-1 lead with 40 seconds left in the period when Jason Williams converted a two-on-one rush after a neutral zone turnover by the Bears. Bartliff Kurtis collected the puck just outside the blueline and dished it over to Williams, who unleashed a one-timer from the top of the left circle that hit the upper right corner of the net.
Brown nearly tied it with about 10 seconds remaining in the
frame. After a faceoff win by Timberlake to Alex Evin's left,
sophomore Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) fired a
quick shot that Evin saved. The puck squirted behind him and was
sitting in the blue paint, heading towards the back of the net.
But, Colgate's Brian Day got to the puck first and cleared it away
to end the threat.
After getting outshot, 13-5, in the first period, the Bears had a 15-8 advantage in shots during the middle period. However, it was Colgate that would find the back of the net, as Carty extended the Raiders lead to 3-1 just 3:16 into the period.
Brown opened the final period with 1:57 remaining on its fifth power play of the night and the Raiders scored a pair of short handed goals 45 seconds apart to increase their lead to 5-1 just 1:37 into the period.
Following the goal, sophomore Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) replaced Borelli in net. Junior Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) made it a 5-2 game at 10:53 of the third, scoring on Brown's seventh power play of the game. The Bears actually had a six-on-four advantage for the goal, as head coach Brendan Whittet pulled Clemente at 9:10 to give Brown the two-player advantage. Timberlake started the play with a pass from behind the net up to sophomore Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) at the right faceoff circle. Maclellan fired a wrist shot on net that Zolnierczyk deflected past Evin for his 10th goal of the year.
However, the Raiders returned the favor, as Robbie Bourdon knocked in the rebound of a shot by David McIntyre with Colgate on its seventh power play of the day at 13:13.
The Bears earned back to back power play chances in the final five minutes of play and pulled Clemente for periods of both advantages, but could get no closer, as Colgate earned the season sweep over Brown.
Borelli finished with 19 saves, while Clemente made eight in relief. Evin stopped 27 for Colgate. The Bears return to action next weekend when they host Clarkson and St. Lawrence in a pair of ECAC Hockey games. They are the final two regular season home games, as Brown will recognize its seven seniors who will play in the final career regular-season home game on Saturday against St. Lawrence.
COLGATE 2 1 3 x - 6
First Period - C, Prockow (Corrin, Carty),
2:53; B, McMonagle (Timberlake, Zaires), 8:43; C, Williams
(Bartliff, Day), 19:20. Penalties - B, 1-2; C, 1-2.
Second Period - C, Carty (Day, Prockow), 3:16. Penalties - B, 3-6; C, 3-6.
Third Period - C, Day (Price), SH, 0:52; C, Williams (Cox), SH, 1:37; B, Zolnierczyk (Maclellan, Timberlake), PP, 10:53; C, Bourdon (McIntyre, Poplawski), PP, 13:13. Penalties - B, 3-6; C, 3-6.
B, Anthony Borelli (41:19) - 11-7-1-x - 19; B, Mike Clemente (14:32) - x-x-8-x - 8; C, Alex Evin (59:46) - 4-15-8-x - 27.
Pictured: Devin Timberlake ’10. (Photo by DSPics.com)