The Colgate men’s hockey program unofficially kicked off the 2018-19 campaign Sunday, Oct. 7, as they hosted Guelph for exhibition play at Class of 1965 Arena. The Raiders offense was highlighted by five different goal-scorers in the Raiders dominant 5-2 victory over its Canadian opponent.

The first period was kick started when freshman Jeff Stewart tallied the Raiders first goal of the game on his first collegiate shift just 51 seconds in, and was assisted by fellow freshman Griffin Lunn. Midway through the period, junior Jacob Panetta added to the Colgate lead. The period ended as sophomore Trevor Cosgrove battled to buzzer as he increased the Raiders lead to 3-0 with just 5.3 seconds remaining before the intermission.

Although Guelph first got on the board in a penalty-ridden second period with a power play goal on a long shot on the net, Colgate continued to showcase its offense in the third period with another pair of goals before the final horn. Nearly midway through, junior Bobby McMann earned the Raiders lone goal with the man advantage on the day, before senior Adam Dada capped off a three-point night by an even strength goal with 6:55 remaining in regulation.

First-year goaltenders Mitch Benson and Andrew Farrier split time defending the Colgate goal. Benson allowed just one goal against 14 shots after starting the first 31:22 of action, while Farrier followed up by marking seven saves on eight total shots in the final 28:09.

Colgate begins the regular season next weekend at home against New Hampshire. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday at the Class of 1965 Arena.