Goulakos Scores Game Winner in First Home Game Since Return
CHN Staff Report
HAMiLTON, N.Y. Colgate sophomore Spiro Goulakos, diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma just over one month ago, scored the game winner Friday, one week after returning to the lineup, and in his first home game since coming back.
Colgate coach Don Vaughan said the goal gave the team a big lift and helped carry them the rest of the game.
“It was unbelievable,” Vaughan said. “We have all had a lift with him coming back and being able to play. It’s an incredible story and we hope he continues to feel well and we will see how it goes, but right now he looks like he hasn’t missed a step and his is a real inspiration.”
Colgate improved to 14-13-4 overall.
“The crowd support was sensational tonight,” Vaughan said. “The team did a great job trying to build up awareness for the Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. Our student body really responded with great support and I wanted to give a shout out to them tonight.”
Goulakos was expressed his appreciation of the support by the student body tonight and the last couple weeks.
“The crowd support was amazing,” said Goulakos. “Just being at school the last couple of the weeks I have had a lot of support from everyone here at Colgate. The team has been especially supportive and everything little thing like that helps.”
Eric Mihalik had a season-high 36 saves as well, in his first start since Jan. 7.
Robbie Bourdon and Thomas Larkin led the way with two points apiece with Bourdon tallying a goal and an assist, while Larkin added two helpers. Tylor Spink netted his team-leading 12th goal of the season and Kurtis Bartliff got in the scoring column with his eighth of the year.
“It’s great to get a win against a great team like Union,” Vaughan said. “We need every point we can muster at this point and we got to come out and do it all over again tomorrow night.”
Union outshot Colgate, 14-7, in the first period, but it was tied, 1-1.
Goulakos then gave the Raiders the lead and an emotional lift with his first goal since returning to the ice last weekend to make it 2-1. Bourdon won an offensive zone faceoff back to Ryan Johnston, who slid the puck over to Goulakos in the high slot. He then connected on a blistering slap shot that went top shelf on Grosenick, who made 28 stops in the loss.