March 11, 2005

Bears Downed By Colgate, 4-1, In Game One of ECACHL Quarterfinal Series

March 11, 2005

Box Score

Hamilton, NY - Despite Brown taking a 1-0 lead in the second period, Colgate went on to score four unanswered goals to earn a 4-1 victory in game one of the ECACHL quarterfinal series on Friday. The loss drops the Bears to 16-13-3 overall. Freshman Brian McNary scored Brown's lone goal as it was out-shot 32-12 on the night. Brown will look to avoid elimination tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in game two of the best-of-three series.

The first period went scoreless with freshman goaltender Adam D'Alba posting 11 saves. The Bears penalty kill unit shutdown Colgate in its first power play opportunity as it never allowed the Raiders to get settled in the zone. D'Alba recorded six of his 11 saves in the first ten minutes of play while the Raiders kept the rookie busy in the closing minutes of the period, forcing him to make five more saves during two more power play chances.

Colgate continued to out-shoot Brown in the second but it was the Bears that got on the scoreboard first with a power play goal 8:30 into the period. McNary's wrap-around goal came with just eight second left on Brown's second power play of the game.

The Raiders went on the attack following the Bears goal, firing seven shots at D'Alba in the matter of four minutes. Colgate got the equalizer with 6:23 left to play in the second period on a tip-in off a shot from the point. The goal, which was credited to Darryl McKinnon, came on the Raider's fifth power play of the game.

Colgate overtook the lead with another goal just 4:13 later when a costly turnover by the Bears set-up a breakaway for the Raiders. McKinnon found a wide-open Jon Smyth in front of the net, resulting in an easy go-ahead goal for third-seeded Colgate.

Brown found itself in an even bigger hole at the 16:07 mark of the third period when the Raiders tallied their third straight score. Mike Campaner scored the goal for Colgate with Kyle Wilson earning the assist. The Raiders tacked on one more power play goal with 5:22 left to play in the game for the 4-1 final.

D'Alba finished with 28 saves with three of Colgate's four goals coming on the power play. The Bears were called for nine penalties compared to the Raider's four.

The Raiders have now won five straight over the Bears. Tonight's game was the first ever post-season meeting between the two teams.