Colgate Thumps Canisius

Ruben Leavitt

“When it rains, it pours.” The Canisius College Golden Griffins were drenched last night by the Raiders’ six power-play, two short-handed, and one even strength goal, while the Golden Griffins scored none.

From the outset the Raiders took command and capitalized on their man advantages. At the end of the night, the nine Colgate goals were scored by eight different Raiders.

Junior Marc Fulton began the onslaught and finished with two goals, his fourth and fifth of the season. First-year David McIntyre notched his third collegiate goal and assisted on another.

To add insult to injury, the Raiders tacked on two short-handed goals in the second period – one by junior Ben Campaner, his first goal of the season, and the other by junior Tyler Burton, his third goal of the season – and another power-play goal – sophomore Nick St. Pierre’s first goal of the season. Burton’s goal came off a breakaway on a five-on-three penalty kill for the Raiders.

Junior Dustin Gillanders and Sophomore David Sloane capped off the scoring for the Raiders in the third period, both goals on the power play and for each player their first goals of the year.

Raider Head Coach Don Vaughan assessed that his special teams played well throughout the night, but added sarcastically that special teams “seems to be all we work on anymore.” The two teams combined for 70 penalty minutes. “It’s growing pains,” commented Vaughan on the tighter style of officiating. “It’s not a lot of fun to play with this many penalties. The players and the officials need to work together to strike a balance.”

“It’s not exciting,” said McIntyre, later jesting, “I would like some five-on-five goals, you know? I never get to see my real linemates [because I have to go out with my power play line so much].”

Colgate hopes to extend its three game winning streak as it heads into league play next weekend at the Capital District Classic tournament, which will be held at Albany’s Pepsi Arena.