Created: 10/10/2013 10:17 PM WHEC.com
ROCHESTER, NY – Colgate (2-1-0) scored two goals within a 42-second span midway through the second period to snap a 1-1 tie and hand the RIT men's hockey team (0-1-0) a 4-1 defeat in its 2013-14 regular season opener in front of 1,619 fans at Ritter Arena on a warm Thursday night. Tonight's contest was RIT's 46th and final home opener at Ritter Arena, as they will move into the Gene Polisseni Center next season.
Ben Lynch (Blaine, MN/Lincoln Stars) scored a 5-on-3 goal for the Tigers, who struggled to generate many good offensive chances, as Colgate held a 36-17 edge in shots.
Mike McCann, Mike Borkowski, Andrew Black, and Joe Wilson scored for the Raiders, who have now already played three games in the first six days of NCAA Division I hockey competition.
Jordan Ruby (Tavistock, Ontario/Wellington Dukes) was strong in net for RIT, stopping 32 shots, including several from point-blank range. Eric Mihalik made 16 saves in the victory for Colgate, improving to 2-0-0 this season.
Colgate was 2-for-5 with the man-advantage, while RIT was 1-for-5.
Both teams scored one power-play goal in a penalty filled first period in which Colgate held much of the territorial edge, out-shooting RIT, 16-6.
RIT Head Coach Wayne Wilson thought Colgate was the better team this evening.
"I thought (Colgate) played very well, and were very quick," said Wilson. "We seemed to play back on our heels and didn't win many battles. I was very happy with (goaltender) Jordan (Ruby) tonight, he played well. We tried to generate a few chances late in the second period to make it a one-goal game and couldn't. We were very slow moving the puck and overall in general."
RIT opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 power-play at the 6:41 mark, as Lynch was all alone on the doorstep to slam home a rebound off a shot from Nolan Descoteaux (Dallas, TX/South Shore Kings). Brad Shumway (Lafayette, CO/Chicago Steel) and Descoteaux played catch at the point after RIT won the face-off. Descoteaux ripped a one timer that Mihalik stopped, but Lynch was right there to score RIT's first goal of the season.
Colgate knotted the game at 1-1 just under five minutes later, also on the power-play, as McCann fired a shot through a screen from the left wing for his first tally of the season. Brett Corkey fired a shot from the point that was blocked. The carom came right to McCann, who put the shot in through traffic past Ruby, who never saw the attempt.
Other than that blemish, Ruby was tremendous in the opening period, making 15 saves, including a half dozen in spectacular fashion. His best save came on a Colgate power-play, as he dove across the crease to make a sensational glove save on Tyson Spink. He also made two big saves on Baun during a power-play, who was left alone in front.
Baun had seven of Colgate's 16 shots in the opening frame.
The Raiders did a tremendous job keeping RIT from gaining much in the way of momentum in the second period, allowing just four shots.
Colgate made it a 3-1 game with a pair of goals in just 42 seconds, both off of RIT giveaways.
Borkowski made it 2-1 at the 7:59 mark, taking advantage of a non-call, as Tyson Spink appeared to hook a Tiger defenseman, as he skated from behind the net. Tyson Spink grabbed the loose puck and fed Borkowski, who sprinted off the bench and was all alone in the slot. Borkowski fired a shot past Ruby off the left post and in for his second goal of the year.
Just 42 seconds later, Darcy Murphy grabbed a loose puck behind the RIT net, wheeled around and found Black, who ripped a shot past Ruby from the right face-off circle to make it 3-1 Raiders.
Colgate scored the lone third period goal, a power-play tally by Wilson with 7:01 left. Wilson took a pass from Ryan Johnston in the slot and fired a low shot past Ruby.
The Tigers are now 1-7-1 all-time in Division I season openers. The loss snapped a two-game unbeaten streak in season-openers.
RIT is 1-9-0 all-time against Colgate, 0-4-0 at the Division I level. Last season, Colgate rallied from a 2-0 first period deficit to defeat the Tigers 6-3 on Oct. 27, 2012 at Starr Rink. Tonight is the first time Colgate has visited Ritter Arena since Nov. 5, 1983.
RIT is right back in action on Saturday, as they host No. 11 Michigan at Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester. That contest gets underway at 7:05 p.m. and is already sold out.