DENVER — Behind two-goal games from Jason Guerriero and Brian Swiniarski, Northeastern dominated Colgate 5-1 to advance to the final of the Wells Fargo Denver Cup on Saturday at Magness Arena. Guerriero and Donny Grover each had two assists.
Northeastern improved to 7-8-2 while Colgate fell to 12-5. Northeastern’s win was its first in five games.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the second period, Swiniarski took a pass from Guerriero and took a shot from the near left side that Colgate goalie Steve Silverthorn saved. Swiniarski then knocked in his own rebound to make it 2-1 at 8:08 in the second. The goal proved to be the game-winner.
Swiniarski scored a power-play goal just over five minutes later to give the Huskies a two-goal cushion. Guerriero passed to Brian Deeth, who fed the puck to Swiniarski on the right side. Swiniarski beat Silverthorn to make it 3-1 at 13:26 in the second period. The goal was Swiniarski’s team-leading ninth of the season.
Colgate couldn’t stop the bleeding in the third period as the Huskies scored two goals in just over two minutes in the third period. With Colgate on a power play, Tim Judy forced a turnover and got Mike Morris the puck. Morris took it down the right side, then passed to Guerriero on the right side and Guerriero beat Silverthorn cleanly to make it 4-1 at 4:23 in the third period. It was Northeastern’s second shorthanded goal of the season.
The Huskies added another insurance goal when Brian Deeth netted his first of the season. Ray Ortiz came out from behind the net and passed the puck to Deeth, who got it past Silverthorn. Colgate coach Don Vaughan then pulled Silverthorn in favor of freshman Mark Dekanich, who finished the game.
Guerriero opened up the scoring with a power-play goal 13:32 into the first period. Guerriero skated out to the blueline took a low shot that sailed by Silverthorn. Donny Grover and Steve Birnstill got assists on the play.
The Huskies dominated play in the first, outshooting the Raiders, 13-5, and holding them scoreless on a pair of power plays.
The Raiders came out shooting in the second period and evened the score on a power play. Jon Smyth took a shot that Keni Gibson saved, but Tyler Burton found space on Gibson’s right side and netted the goal. The score wasn’t tied for long, however, as Swiniarski’s two goals made it 3-1 at the end of the second.
Guerriero broke out of a minor slump with his three-point effort. He had no goals and just one assist over the past four games. The Huskies’ five goals were the most since they notched five against Merrimack Nov. 23.