Union-Colgate postgame report
A look back at Colgate’s 5-3 victory over Union on Friday.
Union coach Rick Bennett never pulls punches in interviews. He always says what is on his mind.
Bennett was true to form in his postgame press conference. He was angry at his team in general, and two players in particular.
Let’s start with the players. First, junior defenseman and alternate captain Shayne Gostisbehere took a bad penalty at 8:08 of the first period. Colgate Darcy Murphy got under Gostisbehere’s skin and chopped the stick out of Gostisbehere’s hands along the left-wing boards in the Colgate zone. The puck was not near them.
Who knows what was going through Gostisbehere’s mind. He retaliated by shoving Murphy in the back and down to the ice. Gostisbehere got a two-minute minor for roughing.
At the time, Union had a 2-0 lead. Although the Raiders didn’t score on the power play, the game’s momentum changed. The Raiders were in charge. They overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to win.
“One of our assistant captains decided to take a dumb penalty,” said Bennett, who fired the game sheet that was on the table in front of him before beginning his press conference. “It chances the whole momentum. I don’t know why [he did it] Our leadership went from excellent to very average in a span of one week.”
Bennett was also angry at senior right winger Kevin Sullivan, who leads the nation in assists with 11. Sullivan was injured late in the second period of last Saturday’s game against Harvard.
Asked about Sullivan’s injury, Bennett got even angrier.
“That is a whole another topic,” Bennett said. “I’ll say this, you want your players to treat their injuries and to come across and do everything you possibly can to get back to help your teammates, and I don’t feel that with Kevin Sullivan right now.”
Finally, Bennett wasn’t happy with how the Dutchmen stopped playing after taking the 2-0 lead on a pair of Daniel Carr goals in the first 6:48 of the game. Union finished with a season-low 21 shots on goal. The Dutchmen had been averaging close to 38 shots on goal per game.
“As a coaching staff, as the guy who’s supposed to be running this program, I’ve got to do a better job,” Bennett said. “If I have to bring pom-poms on the bench, then so be it.
“[Colgate] played great. If we had Wayne Gretzky tonight, it wouldn’t have mattered. They were dynamite. We got taken to the woodshed tonight, and that’s what is embarrassing. That’s not our hockey. They just outplayed us.”
Slap Schotts Tidbits
— Murphy had the hat trick, the first by a visiting player as Messa Rink in five years. Quinnipiac’s Bryan Leitch was the last to turn the trick on Nov. 14, 2008, in a 6-3 Bobcats’ win.
— Carr’s first goal came on the power play, which snapped an 0-for-12 slump for the Dutchmen.
— Dutchmen sophomore defenseman Sebastian Gingras gave Union a 3-2 lead late in the second period. It was his first goal in over a year. He scored twice in a 5-3 win at Bowling Green Oct. 12, 2012.
— Union was beaten badly on faceoffs, winning just 22 of 60. Mike Borkowski led Colgate, going 16-for-23. Max Novak was 8-for-15 for Union.
I have three postgame videos.
To see Bennett’s press conference, click here.
To see Colgate’s press conference, click here.
To see Carr’s press conference, click here.
My three stars of the game:
1) Darcy Murphy, Colgate right winger — Collects hat trick, draws momentum-changing penalty.
2) Mike Borkowski, Colgate center — Scored game-winning goal and had two assists.
3) Daniel Carr, Union left winger — Scored twice.
That is all from Messa Rink. Good Night! Good Hockey!