No. 10 Raiders, Baum Continue Fast Start at Dartmouth

McCann has scored eight goals in the last six quarters for Colgate to share the overall team lead with Baum at nine.

Colgate's defense put together a scoreless streak of 14 minutes and 30 seconds that helped the Raiders rally from a pair of two-goal deficits.

"That was big," Murphy said. "Our guys did a good job of controlling a couple of their match-ups. Our post defensemen did a really good job of handling their attacks as best we could. The middies did a good job of buckling down forcing them into situations they didn't want to be in.

Quick-Start Artists
Matt Baker continued Colgate's trend of scoring first with a goal off Baum's assist with 8:52 left in the opening quarter. Not only have the Raiders scored first in all three games, they have scored first in 11 of the 13 quarters (counting overtime at Bryant) played to date.

After a 1-1 opening period, Dartmouth twice opened two-goal leads at 3-1 and 4-2. But Colgate's defense stiffened and Jimmy Ryan began the Raiders comeback with a blistering shot into the upper right corner from a Baker assist.

Two Baum goals also helped the Colgate rally. His first came with 10:22 left in the half on a wrap-around to Baum's right that bounced off Dartmouth goalkeeper Bernie Susskind and in. His second was a low scorcher from about 40 feet out that capped an extended Raiders offensive possession and gave Colgate a 5-4 halftime lead. That advantage was Colgate's first of the year at the break.

McCann helped the Raiders keep the pressure on in the third, bookending a pair of goals around Matt Clarkson's sixth goal of the year. Colgate led 8-4 with 8:40 left in the third quarter.

"I was very encouraged by the way our guys played over the second and third quarters," Murphy said. "We scored nine goals in that span, and we talked all week about dodging deep. Last year, they were a team that wanted to pack it in and maybe not slide so much to us.

"They changed it up a little bit this year, but again our middies did a good job of initiating some of the offense."

Just before the third-quarter horn sounded, Ryan Walsh powered his way to a right-side shooting angle, pivoted and put the exclamation mark on Colgate's five-goal period. His second of the game and fifth of the year came with just 3.7 seconds left on the clock and pushed Colgate's lead to 10-6.

Fourth Goal for Baum
The teams mostly traded goals in the final 15 minutes. McCann posted his hat trick with a score just shy of five minutes in, and then Baum added his final two. His fourth and final goal of the game came with 2:14 showing and was a nifty move where he split the defenders and went in all alone to score on a helpless Susskind.

"It was just a great team win in tough conditions with the snow and everything," Baum said. "When we were successful offensively, we did a good job staying patient. And the defense got stops when we needed them."

In addition to Baum, McCann and Walsh, Baker also was a multiple goals scorer for the Raiders. Jimmy Ryan added three assists to his goal for four points, while Clarkson chipped in a pair of assists to go with his third-period goal.

Colgate outshot the Big Green 47-35, and won the battle for ground balls 39-33. Face-offs were 14-11 in favor of the Raiders, while Dartmouth committed 24 turnovers to 19 for Colgate. The Raiders were 0 of 1 on extra-man opportunities, while Dartmouth was 2 of 4.

Freshman Gordon Santry posted six saves in goal for Colgate, while Dartmouth's Susskind had 12. Nikki Dysenchuk's three goals led the Big Green, now 0-1.

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2013-02-23



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