By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
Colgate scored two crucial late period goals and defeated UNO 4-3, claiming the Mutual of Omaha Stampede Championship. The first line combination of Terry Broadhurst, Brock Montpetit and Matt White produced multiple points for the second night in a row, but it wasn’t enough for the Mavs who fell to 1-1, after beating Mercyhurst Friday night.
Broadhurst had two goals on the night, and freshman Josh Archibald followed up his first career goal on Friday with another one on Saturday. Montpetit had two assists to finish the weekend with four points, and White added an assist for three points in the tournament.
“Us as a team, we talk about stuff like that,” Broadhurst said. “First five minutes, last five minutes, you don’t wanna give those goals up.”
“It happens but we didn’t learn from it. We came out and it happened again. It’s a tough thing to do. Give credit to them to get those goals. If we don’t give up those goals, it’s a different game.”
Three times Colgate would score a goal in either the first five minutes or last five minutes of a period. The Raiders scored just 1:46 into the game for a 1-0 lead, tied the score 2-2 with 29 seconds left in the first and scored the eventual game winner with two minutes remaining in the second.
All three of those goals came from Colgate players that had been left alone near the UNO net. Whether it was on a shot near the crease or from a player streaking down the slot, the Mavs allowed several Raiders to get free in favorable positions.
“We just broke down; we just had poor coverage,” said UNO head coach Dean Blais. “Give them credit, they took advantage of what we gave them, and we gave them way too much.”
That was especially evident on Colgate’s game-winning goal late in the second period. For the first time in the game, Colgate established real puck possession in the offensive zone.
The Raiders cycled the puck around for half a minute but continued to hold the zone because UNO couldn’t get it out. Finally, after over a minute the puck came out, but only to center ice.
Colgate brought it back into a group of tired Maverick players and scored just moments later. Joe Wilson skated up the ice in the slot and got close enough that he could deflect a pass into the back of the UNO net. The Mavs would get a chance on the power play with 10:10 remaining in the third, but couldn’t find another goal.
A late penalty by Montpetit prevented UNO from pulling the goalie and getting an extra attacker on until there were under 20 seconds remaining.
“I think coming off the last two games some of us got some big heads and thought maybe the college game was getting a little easy,” Montpetit said. “This is just a wakeup call. We need to come back Monday and get off of it; come ready to play and have that fire in our eyes coming into Alaska next weekend.”
In Friday’s win over Mercyhurst, the Mavs took a 3-0 lead before the Lakers scored and had a chance to make it interesting. After having been outshot 32-13 for the first two periods, Mercyhurst finally got on the scoreboard with a power play goal at 10:46 of the third period.
After the goal, the Lakers came out with their first real energy of the night, pressuring the Mavs deep in their own end. Mercyhurst’s Zac Frischmon had a shot from point-blank range, almost scoring to make it 3-2.
But Faulkner was able to get down to the ice and kick it out with his left foot. Johnnie Searfoss scored three minutes later and Brock Montpetit followed it up with his second of the night, giving the Mavs a 5-1 victory.
Montpetit’s first came on a behind the net feed from Matt White, 5:03 into the first. Defenseman Michael Young scored from just inside the blue line to start the second, and Archibald had his first career goal cleaning up a rebound from Ryan Walters at 5:05 of the second.
In both matchups UNO clearly had the better of the chances. For the tournament, the Mavs outshot their opponents 80-51, and scored a power play goal each night.
Yet a poor second period on Saturday night means UNO players won’t be walking away from the weekend with anything but a bitter taste in their mouths.
“The past two years we’ve been fortunate enough to win a tournament,” Broadhurst said. “Anytime a team comes in and takes our trophy and wins in our house we’re not happy about it.”
“That’s what we [have] prided ourselves on the last two years. We had great home records so losing is not a good feeling. It’s something we need to take and not forget about and remember this game and know we need to be better than that.”