Colgate Rallies in 4th Quarter to Edge Hobart

HAMILTON It was a tale of two halves for Colgate in a 7-5 win over Hobart on Tuesday. Down 4-1 after 30 minutes, the Raiders responded with a six-goal second half to overtake the Statesmen.

Colgate (4-1) was led by Kevin Adams and his hat trick, which included two of final five scores. His third goal of the game tied the score at 5-5 with 6:27 remaining in the game. Matt Clarkson netted two goals, while Brendon McCann posted two points, one of which was the gamewinner on a great feed from Ryan Walsh.

"I've got to give our guys credit," Raiders head coach Mike Murphy said. "I challenged them at halftime and it was going to be a game we had to respond to. Kevin did a great job scoring three goals, Alex Kinnealey doesn't lose a faceoff in the second half -- as you look at the stats we just out-statted them.

"I challenged our attack. Something I've been very frustrated with in the first four games is our inability to ride. We did a better job today riding and getting extra possessions -- and we needed them."

Walsh saw his 34-game goal scoring streak come to an end, but he picked up the assist to keep his point streak alive at 37 consecutive games. That streak is the fourth-best active one in the country.

Fresh off his second Patriot League Rookie of the Week award, Brandon Burke made six saves with five coming in the first half. He only had to make one stop in the second 30 minutes with the pressure being put on the Hobart defense.

The Statesmen (0-4) got two goals from Zach Reed and a goal and assist from Cam Stone. Reed had Hobart's lone goal in the second half. Peter Zonino had 10 saves in the cage with four coming in the third quarter. He kept the Statesmen in the game with a few great stops in the second half.

Hobart came out firing on the Raiders in a slow start for the home squad. The Statesman scored the first four goals of the game and grabbed the 4-0 lead with under three minutes left in the first half. The Raiders had issues clearing the ball in the opening half with just one successful clear in seven attempts.

The four goals scored by Hobart were from four different players and three of the four were unassisted. Stone had the lone assist with a nice feed to Brendan Saylor, which gave the visitors a 4-0 advantage.

Clarkson stopped the bleeding with 3:40 to go in the half with Will Mette getting the assist and the teams went into the locker room at 4-1. Hobart was not dominating the stat sheet like a three-goal lead would dictate. The Statesmen were making their attempts count and had a 17-15 shot advantage in the opening half.

Murphy told his team that the effort needed to change in the second half and the Raiders responded.

Adams started the scoring in the third quarter with the first of three on the day at the 11:39 mark. Reed got that one back for Hobart with his second of the day and with 6:49 remaining. Unfortunately for the Statesman, that was the last time they found the net.

Colgate put a stranglehold on the rest of the game and scored the final five goals with four coming in the last 10 minutes.

Eric Foote got the run started with an unassisted tally at the two-minute mark of the third quarter to cut the lead to 5-3.

Adams then added back-to-back goals with one coming on a man-up chance. He tied the game at 5-5 with 6:27 left. Walsh did some work behind the net and feed Adams out front and he buried it for his third goal of the contest.

"It was a good day, especially in the second half," Adams said. "I feed a lot off of what Ryan and Brendon do behind the cage, and in the first half they (Hobart) were really crashing down on the crease and we just didn't have the ball a whole lot.

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2014-03-04



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