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Colgate Jumps Out To Early Lead And Hangs On

Red Raiders Snap Three Game Winless Streak

— Colgate snapped a three-game winless streak with a 4-2 defeat of Mercyhurst in a non-conference matchup in Starr Rink Saturday evening.

Colgate (4-11-3) received two goals by freshman Kyle Doyle and multiple-point efforts from Sean Nolan and Cory Murphy. Doyle gave the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead just 25 seconds into the game when he connected off feeds from Murphy and Nolan.

Nolan put Colgate ahead 2-0 with his 13th goal of the season from Bryan Long and Chad MacDonald just 24 seconds into the second period. Then Etienne Morin extended the
lead to 3-0 with his fifth goal of the year from Murphy just over a minute later.

After outshooting Mercyhurst 33-13 after two periods, it looked as though the Red Raiders would continue to add the their lead. However, the Lakers’ goaltender Peter Aubry put the lock on the net with key saves in the third period (38 on the evening) and Eric Ellis and Peter Ryshoven scored markers to cut the Colgate lead to 3-2 with 9:15 to go in the game.

The game stood that way until the final 1:36 when Mercyhurst (8-5-2) pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker, but Doyle extinguished all Laker hopes with his second of the game on the empty-net at 18:59 to ice the game 4-2.

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  • Th3158663050

    Nothing really “controversial” about the disallowed goal from where I sat…It was tomahawked into the net,and I could see the entire blade above the crossbar.

  • Anonymous

    I agree.

    • FOTY

      I agree as well. Jeff Panzer should have won it hands down.

  • 18secondsbeforesunrise

    Elliot, good article. I particularly like your “most important rule”.

    Case in point….during the 2003-04 season, Maine’s Jimmy Howard posted a 1.19 GAA and a .956 save percentage but the Hobey went to Junior Lessard (32G, 31A). Lessard’s numbers certainly were Hobey-worthy, but there were other factors too. The most glaring, perhaps, is that Howard actually split playing time with Frank Doyle (who had a better win-loss record but higher GAA and lower SP). Also, Howard was “only a sophomore” that year.

    One of the best hockey discussion page threads that I’ve ever read was entitled,  (something like) “Best College Hockey Team That Didn’t Win a National Championship.” I’d like to see a similar one entitled, “Best College Hockey Player Who Didn’t Win the Hobey.”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ALEUVMSJ7547PJB6FE2IOIAD7A Huntin' Fool

      Jeff Panzer should have won it. Ryan Millers numbers were a product of a stingy defense.

    • VermontfaninNY

      Marty St. Louis

  • matt

    ryan miller was a sophomore when he won it genius

    • Elliot Olshansky

      Thanks, Matt. For some reason, I slipped up and had it in my head that he was a junior that year. Fixed above.

  • not a lifetime achievement

    It is a good article, however, you fall into the inevitable thought process of “at least you made the tournament last year.  I have an ECAC bias which should be noted, however I do not think you can punish Smith or Abbott for years past. 

    The Hobey Baker is not a “lifetime achievement award” it should be based on each season, independently.  If you say that the Hobey winner has to be in the tournament then they have to be in the tournament, PERIOD.  None of this well you made it last year so I can consider you, stuff.  Potentially you could be a winner of the hobey because your team made it to the frozen four your freshman year when you had no part in the action or were often a healthy scratch.  (MAKES NO SENSE). 

    The season is a season, not a career.

  • Sjl442

    I agree that it seems goalies have a disadvantage to winning this award, but since the position is so important to the game, there should be another award specifically for them, simular to the Vezina

  • Phoenixfyre1313

    I think that rule #5 is obvious, but unfortunate.  Is the vote for the best hockey player or the best hockey player with a decent team around him?  Huge difference there. I agree with the other statement about goalies being at an extreme disadvantage in this process.  Some of the numbers posted by LeNeveu and Howard are pretty incredible, what would those numbers be if they were comparable for a forward?  It also seems a bit strange that goaltenders are generally considered the most important position and it is almost totally overlooked by those voting on the hobey baker award.  I mean how many championships are won with a poor goalie and how many have been won on hot or great goaltending?  Finally, no one is quite sure why Neal Broten won the first hobey award.  Aaron had 104 points that year and should have won it, even Neal has said that publically.

  • Anonymous

    go connolly!! yeah yeah!

  • Avs1cup

    If Eric Ehn didn’t win it the year he was a finalist, then obviously character and off-ice issues don’t matter nearly as much as people think.

    • Guest

      Agreed, 64 points regardless of competition is incredibly good in this day in age. And for those that point to Air Force’s easy schedule, Ehn tallied points in games against Colorado College, Denver, and Alaska.

  • Stonecoldwolv

    Hunwick is doing a bang up job. Michigan is not even in the ccha race without the kid. Last years run was on his shoulders. He is the goalie to look at.

    • Guest

      Yeah, he’s the reason Michigan is in position for a 1-seed in the tourny.