Jan. 9, 2009

Courtesy of Colgate

HAMILTON, N.Y.  – Austin Smith (Dallas, Texas) scored his second goal of the game with 2:11 left in overtime to lead Colgate to a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over visiting Lake Superior State in men’s hockey action, Thursday evening.

Behind the net, David McIntyre (Pefferlaw, Ont.) connected with Smith and the freshman deflected the shot in behind goalie Pat Inglis for his team-best 11th of the season.  Ethan Cox (Richmond, B.C.), who started the play, also gathered an assist as Colgate improved to 6-8-5 overall.  The Lakers dropped to 5-9-7.  It was the Raiders’ second overtime victory in their last five games.  Colgate also played in its fifth overtime in its last six games.

“We found a way to win,” said Colgate head coach Don Vaughan.  “We had a few players step up; Jason Fredricks obviously did.  What can you say about the line of Smith, McIntyre and Cox.  They made a great play for the game-winner.  David {McIntyre} and Austin {Smith} have something good going right now.”

McIntyre’s three assists stretched his consecutive point streak to 10 games.  During this stretch, he has 15 points.  In the same span, Smith has posted 15 points as well.

Trailing 3-1 late in the second period, the Raiders rallied to score twice in the span of 21 seconds.  On the power play, Mark Anderson (Hastings, Neb.) fired in his second of the year at 18:34 from Corbin McPherson (Folsom, Calif.) and Brian Day (Danvers, Mass.).  Not too long after the senior’s goal, Jason Fredricks (Eagle River, Wisc.) connected for his first of the year from Smith and Peter Bogdanich (Burnaby, B.C.) at 18:55 to knot the game.

Colgate took its second lead of the game at 5:34 of the third as Fredricks registered his first-ever multi-goal game from McIntyre and Nick St. Pierre (St. Etienne, Que.).  However, the Lakers capitalized on a five-minute major at 10:55 as Fred Cassiani beat Charles Long (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) in front of the net from Troy Schwab and Simon Gysbers.

Colgate opened with the game’s first goal as the Raiders’ hottest duo connected at 3:30 of the first period.  After coincidental penalties were called, McIntyre won the face-off and got the puck to Smith, who went glove side for his 10th of the year.

Lake Superior knotted the game at 16:39 as Josh Sim and Dan Barczuk got the puck in front to Brad Cooper and the junior netted his first of the year.
The Lakers appeared like they were taking control of the contest after Rick Schofield and Zac MacVoy netted goals at 1:38 and 8:36, respectively.
Long made 25 saves in the victory for the Raiders, while Inglis posted 33 in the loss for the Lakers. Colgate outshot LSSU 38-29.  The raiders went two of three on the power play, while the Lakers converted once in two opportunities.
Colgate and Lake Superior State will conclude the two-game series Friday evening at Starr Rink.  Opening face-off is set for 7 p.m.