Ted McGeen put the St. Lawrence men's hockey team on the board early Friday night, but visiting Colgate went on to score four unanswered en route to a 4-1 win over the Saints in ECAC Hockey action at SUNY Canton.Bobby McCann led the visiting Raiders with a pair of goals, including an empty net goal with 23.1 seconds to play in the third period.
Colgate held the Saints' leading scorer, Zach Risteau, off the scoresheet on Friday night, snapping a six-game point streak for the sophomore forward.
Jake Stevens and Andrew McIntrye each tallied assists on McGeen's goal.
Stevens took a hard slapshot from the top of the right circle that was saved by Raiders' netminder Mitch Benson, but he gave up a big rebound for McGeen who was crashing on the weak side to drive home the rebound and sent himself into the net in the process. After a brief review, the goal stood and the Saints took a 1-0 lead at the 5:44 mark of the opening frame.
That lead last until the opening minutes of the second, as Arnaud Vachon was credited with the first Colgate goal after it deflected in off a St. Lawrence defenders skate at the top of the blue paint.
Colton Young extended the Colgate lead to 2-1 with the eventual game winner at 7:38 of the second, before McCann tallied his goals in the latter half of the third period to push to the eventual 4-1 margin.
Emil Zetterquist finished with 31 saves in the loss for St. Lawrence, while Benson stopped 23 of 24 shots faced for the Raiders.
Both failed to convert with the man advantage on Friday night, as Colgate finished 0-for-5 on the power play and the Saints went 0-for-3.
With the loss, St. Lawrence falls to 3-7-1 overall with a 1-2-0 mark in conference play. Colgate improves to 3-5-3 and 2-1-0 against league opponents.
The Saints return to SUNY Canton on Saturday night to host nationally-ranked and unbeaten Cornell.