Monday, September 11, 2017

ECAC Preview: #11 Colgate Raiders

Today on the BobcatsHockeyBlog we look at the projected 11th place ECAC finisher, the Colgate Raiders who are coming off a 10th place finish in the ECAC.`

Colgate Raiders 2016-2017 Results:

Overall: 9-22-6

ECAC: 6-13-3 (10th)

ECAC Tournament: Lost to Princeton 2-1 in ECAC First Round

NCAA Tournament: No

Team History
NCAA Tournament History: 2014, 2005, 2000, 1990, 1981
NCAA Frozen Fours: 1990

Departures: Tim Harrison (F), Derek Freeman (F), Emilio Audi (F), Andrew Black (F), Jake Kulevich (D), Brett Corkey (D), Anthony Sanniti (D), Charlie Finn (G)

Additions: Paul McAvoy (F), Josh McKechney (F), Henry Marshall (F), Tyler Jeanson (F), Evan Tschumi (F), Nick Austin (D), Trevor Cosgrove (D), Nick Quillan (D)

The past two seasons in Hamilton, New York have been the two worst seasons of the Don Vaughan era at Colgate. Despite the opening of the new Class of 1965 Arena, the Raiders product on the ice suffered once again, only managing 9 wins which was two wins previous than the prior season. The team's top two scorers have departed in Jake Kulevich (22 points) and Tim Harrison (20 points) along with 5th leading scorer Brett Corkey (17 points). Colgate only scored 78 goals in 37 games played which comes out to 2.1 goals per game.

Young returning players such as Bobby McCann, Jared Cockrell, John Snodgrass and Adam Dauda will need to increase their production for the Raiders if they want to improve upon last seasons record. The Colgate recruiting class looks to have some players that can help but the question will be how quickly they will be able to contribute.

Three incoming freshman forwards in Josh McKechney (67 points), Tyler Jeanson (42 points) and Paul McAvoy (48 points) all had solid final seasons with their respective junior teams. Two freshman defenseman should be able to help with Trevor Cosgrove an offensive defenseman who had 49 points in the BCHL last season and Nick Quillan who had 39 points for Whitecourt in the AJHL. Quillan is the older brother of Quinnipiac commit Jacob Quillan of Nova Scotia.

Colton Point will take the reins full time in goal with the graduation of senior Charlie Finn who was a four year starter. Point is a draft pick of the Dallas Stars who finished his freshman season with a 2-5-2 record with a 2.45 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.

If everything breaks right for Colgate with the young players developing and the freshman stepping up along with defensive improvements they could finish higher than their projected 11th place finish. Should Colgate have another season like the last two, I think questions about Don Vaughan's job status start to spring up especially with Colgate having one of the better facilities in the conference now.

Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @QHockeyBlog.

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