Hamilton, NY (January 4, 2013) – The Sacred Heart men's hockey team was defeated by the Colgate Raiders on Friday night, 6-2, in the first game of a two game series this weekend in upstate New York. The Pioneers fall to 0-16-2 on the season, while the Raiders improve to 10-7-2.
The Pioneers spent a good portion of the first period on the penalty kill, successfully defending two of three power play chances for the Raiders. The Pioneers scored the first goal of the game for the 8th time this season at 6:32 in the first period. Senior captain Eric Delong (Oakville, MB) deflected a shot from the point taken by sophomore Drew George (Regina, SK) to take the 1-0 lead. It was Delong's 7th goal of the season and team leading 16th point. Junior Chad Filteau (Regina, SK) passed the puck to George to register his third assist of the season; George notched his 6th assist of the year. Colgate tied the game at 9:49 in the first also on a deflection from a shot taken from the point. Freshman Darcy Murphy (Marysville, ON) got the deflection on assists by senior Robbie Bourdon (Montreal, QUE) and sophomore Joe Wilson (North Syracuse, NY). Colgate outshot the pioneers 12-8 in the first.
The second period started out positively for the Pioneers as they killed off a penalty committed with 38 seconds left in the previous period. From there it was all Colgate in the second, controlling most of the action and scoring three goals in the period. Colgate took the 2-1 lead at 3:18 of the second on a shorthanded goal, scored by Joe Wilson. Wilson scored on a breakaway opportunity, slipping the puck passed Sacred Heart goaltender Andrew Bodnarchuk (Saskatoon, SK). Wilson was assisted by freshman Mike Borkowski (Kanata, ON) and senior Thomas Larkin (Cocquio Trevisago, Italy). The Raiders elongated their lead to 3-1 at 6:42 in the second period on a goal by Borkowski. Borkowski was assisted by Bourdon and senior Kurtis Bartliff (Clinton, ON). The Raiders would score their final goal of the period to take the 4-1 lead at 11:04 in the second. Senior Nathan Sinz (Anchorage, AK) found the back of the net, helped out by the same duo of Bourdon and Bartliff. Bourdon had four assists in the game.
The pioneers had a couple opportunities in the second to cut into Colgate's lead but were denied each time. First on a breakaway opportunity by George, who was denied on the one on one opportunity, a superb save by Colgate goaltender Spencer Finney (Pontypool, ON). Another chance was for Delong who had a shot hit the post, a shot that would be reviewed by the refs to make sure it did not cross the goal-line. The pioneers outshot Colgate 15-6 in the period.
Colgate's extended their lead at 5:17 in the third period, a goal by freshman Kyle Baun (Toronto, ON) to take the 5-1 lead. The goal came from impressive passing by freshman Tyson Spink (Williamstown, ON) and Tylor Spink (Williamstown, ON), each grabbing an assist. Sacred Heart would answer that third period goal with one their own at 8:09 of the final period. Sophomore Ryan Stanimir (West Vancouver, BC) scored his 2nd goal of the season to make the score 5-2. Stanimir was assisted with a nice pass by sophomore Chad Barthelmess (Norristown, PA). The Raiders finished the scoring for the night at 13:28 in the third, Sophomore Daniel Gentzler (Manhattan Beach, CA) scored on an assist by Christian Long (Point Lookout, NY) to make the final margin 6-2.
The Pioneers and Raiders are right back at it tomorrow night at 7 PM at Starr Rink.