Northeastern and Colgate to contest Friendship Four final after semi success
The Northeastern Huskies and Colgate Raiders will contest the 2019 Belpot Trophy final after winning their Friendship Four semi-finals on Friday.
Northeastern were 4-0 winners over the University of New Hampshire in the afternoon game, with Colgate joining them in the final after a 3-1 win over Princeton.
The Raiders had a tougher time of it, only overcoming the Tigers thanks to Ben Sharf's double, the second of which came 7:33 from time as Princeton threatened.
The forward had scored his first at 4:21 of the second period for the game-winner, with John Snodgrass lighting the lamp on the powerplay with just 12.7 seconds of the first period remaining.
Princeton had tied it up at 1-1 when Spencer Kersten scored at 1:21 of the second period, but they found Andrew Farrier in too good form as the netminder made 28 saves to help the Raiders into the final.
In the first semi-final, a double from captain Ryan Shea and a 25-save shut-out from netminder Craig Pantano helped the Huskies to a 4-0 win over the University of New Hampshire Wildcats.
Defenceman Shea struck a second period brace to fire the Huskies into a 2-0 lead, striking from the mid-slot at 6:43 before adding a powerplay marker at 18:40.
T.J. Walsh then added onto the Wildcats' misery by grabbing the third at 6:46 of the final frame, with John Picking rounding off the scoring for 4-0 with just 9:53 remaining.
Goaltender Pantano was rarely threatened throughout, but when he was called upon he was solid, particularly during two powerplays either side of the first intermission when the game was scoreless.
Princeton and the University of New Hampshire will kick off Saturday's slate with the Consolation Game, which faces off at 3pm at the SSE Arena.
That will be followed at 7pm by the main event when Northeastern and Colgate contest the Championship Game, with the winners taking home the Belpot Trophy.
Belfast Telegraph Digital