PROVIDENCE, RI – 18th-ranked Colgate (5-2-1, 1-0-0) capitalized on two Brown mistakes with Austin Smith scoring a pair of short-handed goals, as the Raiders earned a 5-3 win over the Bears (1-2-0, 0-1-0) in the 2011-12 home opener for the Bears Friday evening at Meehan Auditorium.
The two teams traded a pair of power play opportunities early in the game 1:53 apart and after killing the Raiders first chance, the Bears were victimized by Colgate's penalty kill, as Austin Smith netted a short-handed goal just 6:35 into the game to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
After freshman Kyle Quick (Buffalo, NY) failed the keep the puck in at the blueline, the Raiders raced in on a two-on-one. Sophomore Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL) left Smith in the middle to take the puck, but Spiro Goulakos dished the puck to Smith in the slot and he beat senior Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) stick-side high for the early lead.
Brown had another chance on the man-advantage with five minutes left in the period and sophomore Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, BC) nearly beat Eric Mihalik with a blast from the blueline. But his shot clanged off the right post and into the corner, as the Raiders were able to kill another penalty.
Brown utilized three straight penalties on the Raiders in a span of 1:32 early in the second period to take a 2-1 lead at the 4:14 mark. With Nathan Sinz and Austin Mayer already in the box for two tripping calls 63 seconds apart, and a delayed penalty call coming up on Spiro Goulakos, Clemente left the net in favor of the extra attacker, giving Brown a six-on-three advantage. Senior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) used just seven seconds of the three-player advantage to tie the game at 1-1, as he beat Mihalik with a shot from high in the slot for his first of the year just three minutes into the period.
The goal counted against Sinz's penalty, but Goulakos headed to the box for another five-on-three. Just 1:14 into the two-man advantage, freshman Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, ONT) took a pass from Wahl at the left faceoff circle and one-timed it to the near side, hitting the top of the net for his second goal in as many games.
The lead was short-lived however, as Kevin McNamara would tie the score at 2-2 at the 7:48 mark, striking for his first of the season just as Colgate's second power play chance of the game had expired. Though it did not count as a power play goal in the official stat sheet, the puck was in the net before Brown's Mike Juola (Lake Forest, CA) had one foot on the ice.
Colgate grabbed a 3-2 lead with 1:11 left in the period when Jeremy Price fired a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that beat Clemente top-shelf and knocked the water bottle up into the air with the Raiders on a two-man advantage.
Brown tied the game 6:25 into the third period on the first career goal for junior Jeff Ryan (Media, PA). Junior Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) started the play when he fired the puck on net from the right point. Mihalik couldn't corral the rebound and it went to freshman Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, MA), who pushed it across the crease. Ryan skated around the back of the net and back-handed the puck up and over Mihalik to tie the score at 3-3.
The Bears had back-to-back power play chances with under six minutes to play, but Smith collected his second short-handed goal of the night with 4:35 remaining to give the Raiders a 4-3 lead. Senior Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) had the puck along the right wing and passed it back to Robertson at the center of the blueline. The puck bounced off Robertson's stick and right to Smith, who left it for himself, before beating Clemente on a one-on-one for the game-winner.
Brown pulled Clemente with 1:06 remaining for the extra attacker, but Chris Wagner intercepted another Brown pass at the blueline and walked the puck into the open net for the 5-3 final.
In all, Brown outshot Colgate, 36-25, including a 15-5 margin in the third period. The Bears were 2-8 on the power play, while Colgate was 1-7. Clemente finished with 20 saves, while Mihalik made 33 for the Raiders.
Brown returns to action tomorrow evening when it hosts Cornell in a 7:00 p.m. ECAC and Ivy League contest.
#18 COLGATE 1 2 2 x - 5
BROWN 0 2 1 x - 3
First period – C, Smith (Goulakos), SH, 6:35. Penalties – C, 2-4; B, 1-2.
Second period – B, Maclellan (Wahl), EA, PP, 3:00; B, Lamacchia (Buvinow, Wahl), PP, 4:14; C, McNamara (Bourdon), 7:48; C, Price (McNamara), 5x3, 18:49. Penalties – C, 3-6; B, 3-6.
Third Period – B, Zaires (Ryan), 6:25; C, Smith, SH, 15:25; C, Wagner, EN, 19:55. Penalties – C, 3-6; B, 3-6.
C, Eric Mihalik (60:00), 9-10-14-x – 33; B, Mike Clemente (58:36), 9-8-3-x – 20
Pictured: Matt Wahl '14 and Massimo Lamacchia '15 celebrate Lamacchia's goal against Colgate. Photo by DSPics.net.