HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team lost to Colgate, 4-0, in the third and deciding game of the ECAC Hockey Championship Quarterfinals at Starr Rink in Hamilton, N.Y. Quinnipiac's season ends with the loss, as they finish the year at 20-14-6. Colgate improves to 19-15-3 and advance to the ECAC Hockey Championship Semifinals on March 16 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Colgate's Chris Wagner put the Raiders on the board at the 4:37 mark of the first period, giving the sophomore center a goal in each game of the series. Wagner fired the puck wide of Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.), sending it behind the Bobcats' goal where Joe Wilson picked it up. Wagner, following his own shot, received a pass from Wilson in the slot and re-directed the shot past Hartzell to give Colgate a 1-0 lead it carried into the first intermission.
Quinnipiac had several scoring opportunities in the first period, most notably on Zach Tolkinen's (Lino Lake, Minn.) blast from the left slot that banged off the post. Clay Harvey (Gull Lake, Saskatchewan) also had an opportunity on a wrap-around while Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) had a blast from the left face-off dot smothered by Colgate goalie Eric Mihalik.
Colgates John Lidgett put the Raiders out in front, 2-0, with a goal at the 8:55 mark of the second period. The Raiders' break-out created an opportunity for Robbie Bourdon who maneuvered through the Quinnipiac defense before peeling off to the right of Hartzell and leaving the puck behind for Lidgett in the slot. Lidgett fired the puck on goal, sneaking it by a screened Hartzell, to give Colgate a two-goal lead just before the midway point of the second period. Kurtiss Bartliff was also credited with an assist on the play.
Austin Smith scored his 36th goal of the year with just under three minutes to play in the second period. Wagner picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and fed Smith, who was sitting just above the Bobcats' blue line. Wagner skated in behind the Bobcats' defense and fired a shot past Hartzell to give Colgate a 3-0 lead heading into the second intermission. Wagner added an empty-net goal with 4:12 remaining in the game on a pass from Smith to give Colgate a 4-0 lead.