Colgate right winger Darcy Murphy was an agitator once and a goal scorer three times Friday against Union.
Murphy drew a game-changing penalty on Dutchmen defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere midway through the first period, and then proceeded to collect a hat trick to rally the Raiders to a 5-3 ECAC Hockey victory over the Dutchmen at Messa Rink.
The Dutchmen were leading, 2-0, on a pair of Daniel Carr goals in the first 6:48 of the game. But 1:20 later, Murphy got under Gostisbehere’s skin along the left-wing boards in the Colgate zone by chopping the stick out of his hand. The puck was nowhere near the two.
An incensed Gostisbehere proceeded to push Murphy in the back and knock him to the ice. For his effort, Gostisbehere, an alternate captain, got a roughing penalty.
“I was trying to get under his skin a little,” Murphy said. “They have some really good ‘D’ back there. We tried to wear them down early. It must have gotten to him a little bit.”
Although the Raiders (2-1 ECACH, 4-5-1 overall) didn’t score on the power play, the game’s momentum shifted in their favor.
An angry Union coach Rick Bennett didn’t mince words after the game. Asked where the game turned, he said, “One of our assistant captains decided to take a dumb penalty. It changes 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.”
Murphy got his first goal with 8.5 seconds left in the first period when he fired a shot from the right circle between goalie Colin Stevens’ pads on a two-on-one rush.
“It was good to get a goal at the end of the period to get us going,” Murphy said. “I was just skating down, and [defenseman] Spiro Goulakos did a good job jumping in on the rush. I just tried to get it on net, and good things happened.”
Colgate tied it at 2-2 on a Tylor Spink goal 5:12 into the second period. Sebastian Gingras gave Union the lead with 3:51 to go in the second, and Stevens protected that by stopping Joe Wilson on a breakaway with 21.4 seconds left.
But any momentum from that save didn’t carry over into the third period for the Dutchmen (2-1, 3-3-2). Murphy tied it 2:04 into the period when he converted a Wilson pass.
“Joey Wilson went behind the net,” Murphy said. “I’ve been playing with him a lot, so I’m starting to get to know his tendencies. He likes going behind the net and throwing it out front, so I just tried to get to the right spot.”
Mike Borkowski’s power-play goal over five minutes later gave Colgate the lead. Murphy sealed it on an empty-net goal with 18.5 seconds left to become the first visiting player to have a hat trick at Messa since Quinnipiac’s Bryan Leitch did it Nov. 14, 2008.
Meanwhile, the Dutchmen were held to a season-low 21 shots on goal. Union came into the game averaging 37.85 shots on goal per game.
“I think we got away from Union hockey,” Carr said. “We stopped getting pucks deep, stopped finishing checks, stopped doing all the things that make us successful. The best way to put it is throughout the whole team, myself included, it was just a lack of accountability. We’ve got to make sure we’re accountable to each other. That was our focus last week, and that’s what made us successful.
“The reality is we got away from that tonight.”
Bennett agreed with Carr’s assessment.
“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.”
Colgate 1 1 3 — 5
Union 2 1 0 — 3
First Period — 1, Union, Carr 5 (Bodie), 4:04 (pp). 2, Union, Carr 6 (Roy, Wilkins), 6:48. 3, Colgate, Murphy 3 (Borkowski), 19:51 (sh). Penalties — Freeman, Colg (hooking), 2:51; Gostisbehere, Uni (roughing), 8:08; Johnston, Colg (elbowing), 18:19.
Second Period — 4, Colgate, Tyl. Spink 3 (Baun, Tys. Spink), 5:12. 5, Union, Gingras 1 (Wilkins, Krug). Penalties — Herrington, Colg (charging), 10:01; Novak, Uni (tripping), 12:25.
Third Period — 6, Colgate, Murphy 4 (Borkowski, Wilson), 2:04. 7, Colgate, Borkowski 3 (Tys. Spink, Goulakos), 7:17 (pp). 8, Colgate, Murphy 5 (Tyl. Spink, Tys. Spink), 19:41 (en). Penalties — Hatch, Uni (tripping), 2:44; Bodie, Uni (hooking), 6:57; Wilkins, Uni (holding), 7:31; Kulevich, Colg (hooking), 12:15.
Shots on Goal — Colgate 8-9-13 — 30. Union 9-7-5 — 21.
Power-play opportunities — Colgate 1 of 5; Union 1 of 4.
Goalies — Colgate, Finn 2-2-0 (21 shots-18 saves). Union, Stevens 2-1- (29-25).
A — 1,921. T — 2:08.
Referees — Scott Whittemore, Kevin Curtis. Linesmen — David Brown, Bill Bredin.