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This weekend, the men’s ice hockey team played the Bowling Green State Univer-sity Falcons on both Friday and Saturday night at Starr Rink. While the Falcons dealt Colgate a 3-1 loss on Friday, the Raiders redeemed themselves on Saturday, 4-2.

Friday’s game started off with a Bowling Green goal early in the first period. Senior cap-tain Kurtis Bartliff got a penalty at 6:55 for hooking, but despite the penalty kill, senior Billy Riv-ellini had a strong breakaway toward the Bowling Green goal. Sophomores John Lidgett and Joe Wilson and first-years Mike Borkowski and Kyle Baun were especially strong of-fensively during the first period. At 16:47 sophomore Daniel Gentzler had a shot on a goal.

The second period began with yet another Bowling Green goal at 1:18, and fol-lowed by a penalty on Gentzler at 2:16 for boarding. Senior Robbie Bourdon and Baun had a breakaway toward the Bowling Green net, but offsides was promptly called. Colgate and Bowling Green’s offenses were pretty evenly matched, with scor-ing opportunities earned by both teams. Senior captain Jeremy Price had an unsuccessful shot on goal during the 15th minute.

Bowling Green got three separate pen-alties in the first 10 minutes of the third period, and a scuffle in front of the goal resulted in a penalty at 10:03 on Bowl-ing Green and on senior Thomas Lar-kin for slashing. First-year goalie Spencer Finney had several good saves during the end of the third. At 16:53 Price scored, assisted by Gentzler and senior captain Nathan Sinz. Bowling Green promptly reciprocated with a goal at 17:50, end-ing the game with a decisive Bowling Green victory.

It was clear as soon as Saturday’s game began that the Raiders were determined to defeat Bowling Green – play was very strong both offen-sively and defensively for Colgate. At 11:55 junior goalie Eric Mihalik made a good save, and at 11:07 first-year Tylor Spink scored for the first Colgate goal of the night, assisted by first-year Ryan Johnston. Johnston was handed a penalty a few minutes later at 14:07 for roughing.

During this Bowling Green power play, Wilson made a fantastic play, turning the puck over the blue line toward the Bowling Green goal, ul-timately resulting in a goal at 14:43 by Baun and assisted by Wilson and Larkin. Following this goal, first-year Tyson Spink made his first collegiate goal at 16:52, assisted by Baun and Tylor Spink. The period finished with a good save in the 18th minute by Mihalik.

The second period saw Bowling Green get more ag-gressive, but the Raiders con-tinued to play very strongly. Sophomore Spiro Goulakos got a penalty at 4:52 for elbowing, and Larkin had a very promis-ing shot on goal at 7:45. At 9:01 Colgate scored, but review of the play by the referees ruled it not a goal. At 11:26 Bowling Green scored, making the score 3 to 1. A good save by Mihalik at 13:09 was followed by a penalty on Baun for slashing.

During the last few min-utes, the Raiders were very persistent offensively and at 18:33 Colgate made a fabu-lous goal, shot by first-year Darcy Murphy and assisted by Lidgett and Price. Bowling Green answered with a goal at 19:16, ending the second period at 4 to 2.

The third period began with a few good shots and saves by Bowling Green. Lar-kin got a penalty at 6:25 for high sticking. The offensive trio of Bartliff, Borkowski and Wilson played especially well together during this period. First-year Kevin Lough had a good shot on a goal from defense. Lar-kin was handed his seconded penalty of the game at 17:23 for roughing. The game ended with Bowling Green pulling their goalie during the last minute and a half, to no avail.

Next, the Raiders will take on the RIT Tigers on Friday, October 26th at 7 p.m..

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