Preview: Colgate at Miami
WHO: Colgate Raiders (2-1) at Miami RedHawks (4-2).
WHEN: Friday – 7:35 p.m.; Saturday – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Miami leads, 4-2.
COLGATE RADIO: Both nights – WKXZ-FM (93.9), Hamilton, N.Y.
NOTES: After this weekend, Miami will have faced off against two of the most tenured coaches in Division I.
Don Vaughn is in his 26th season at Colgate’s helm, and last season he became the 24th coach in NCAA hockey history to win 400 games.
Rick Gotkin is in season 31 behind the bench for Mercyhurst.
Colgate’s apex in recent history was the middle part of this decade, when the Raiders ran off 20-plus wins in 2013-14 and 2014-15, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 2014.
But each of past three seasons, Colgate has failed to finish above .500 or advance past the quarterfinal round of the ECAC Tournament.
The Raiders won their first two games of 2018-19 – home victories over New Hampshire – by identical 2-1 scores.
Colgate struggled in its lone road contest vs. RIT last weekend, falling 6-1.
Forwards Bobby McMann, Tyler Jeanson and Adam Dauda all have a goal and an assist to tie for the team lead at two points. McMann and Dauda were 1-2 in scoring for the Raiders last season with 30 and 19 points, respectively.
Jared Cockrell and Tyler Penner have both found the net for Colgate among the forward corps.
The Raiders are hoping for more output from this group, as the team has scored just five times or 1.67 goals per contest, and the defensemen have contributed just three points, all on assists.
Defenseman Jacob Panetta has a pair of assists and Trevor Cosgrove has picked up one helper. Cosgrove finished with five goals and 12 assists in 2017-18.
Nick Austin led Colgate in defenseman points with 18 last season but he has not played in any of the first three games.
Goalie Mitch Benson has started all three games for the Raiders, but he was pulled after allowing five goals on 19 shots last week vs. RIT.
Despite being pulled after two periods in that outing, he is 2-1 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.
All three Colgate netminders are freshmen.
Andrew Farrier stopped turned aside six shots and allowed one goal in relief of Benson last weekend in his collegiate debut. Will Friend is the third goalie for the Raiders.
The RedHawks have struggled offensively as well, as they have scored just five times in their last four games.
Miami is ranked No. 46 on the power play at 9.7 percent but sixth on the penalty kill (90.5 percent).
These teams last met at Cady Arena in 2012, a series in which the RedHawks outscored Colgate, 8-1 in a weekend sweep.