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3RC Preview: Colgate

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Nationally-ranked Colgate University will kick-off the Three Rivers Classic for the first time against Western Michigan University at CONSOL Energy Center on Dec. 29.

After three-consecutive losses, the Colgate Raiders will strive to end their losing streak when they compete in the tournament against the Broncos at 4:30pm. At 9-6-1, the Raiders are ranked 17th in the nation and hold the 7th spot in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

This season, the Raiders have experienced an impressive amount of wins with sophomore goaltender Charlie Finn (9-5-1) in net. Finn has led the way with three shutouts, which includes two-consecutive against Northeastern University on Oct. 17 and 18. Finn currently has a 2.10 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage, both on pace to be career highs.

Finn, a British Columbia native, was awarded the NCAA First Star of the Week and ECAC Goaltender of the Week after shutting out Northeastern in two consecutive games on Oct. 17 and 18. In doing so, Finn became the first Colgate goalie since 2007-08 to record two consecutive shutouts. Last season, Finn held a 16-8-4 record and participated in the New Jersey Devils’ prospect development camp this past July.

Kyle Baun, a junior forward from Toronto, has been a significant contributor to the Raiders offense, leading the team with 14 points (7G-7A). This season, Baun recorded a four-game goal streak from Oct. 17-25 and had a season-high 3-assist game against Princeton on Nov. 8. Currently, Baun is tied for second in the nation with teammate Tyson Spink with three power-play goals this season.

Last season, Baun finished 5th in points on Colgate and was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month in January 2013 after recording 5 points (3G-2A) in 8 games. Because of his exceptional play, Baun was extended an invitation to participate in the Detroit Red Wings prospect development camp that was held in July.

Currently, the Raiders penalty kill sits at 87.3 percent, the highest of the four teams competing in the Three Rivers Classic, and have a 19.5-conversion rate on the power play.

Author: Taylor Ross

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