I will admit that I had my doubts about this team initially. I said that whatever this team does this weekend will prove what kind of team they are or will be. Well let me tell you, I said they will give the top teams in the nation a fight and it was no different in Columbus, Ohio against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Friday, Ohio State-4 Colgate-3
The Friday game was a battle. Colgate scored first midway through the opening stanza thanks to a goal by Shae Labbe. After receiving assists from Bailey Larson and Coralie Larose, Labbe stuffed the puck past the Ohio State goaltender Amanda Zeglen. Ohio State would respond a minute later as Tatum Skaggs would score to tie it up in the first. Colgate did not like that at all, especially Bailey Larson, who decided to give Colgate another goal in the first by just ruining Zeglens day with a top corner wrister shot that put it to 2-1.
The Buckeyes would come out fresh in the second period as a 22 shot barrage helped them put the game away but Colgate did not go down quietly. After OSU lead 3-2, Jessie Eldridge put on a cape and tried to mount a comeback by completely destroying Buckeyes with a top shelf goal to knot the game at three. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes responded two minutes later with a goal by Lauren Boyle to make it 4-3. No side could gain an edge in the third period but the score remained the same, Ohio State defeated Colgate 4-3.
Saturday, Colgate-5 Ohio State-2
After goaltender Julia Vandyk faced a season high 45 shots yesterday, Liz Auby got the start between the pipes today to face off against an Ohio State team who at that point was undefeated. The first period did not go so well for the Raiders as the Buckeyes scored twice and shut them out to gain a 2-0 advantage into the first intermission.
After that, the Raiders came out red hot and saw the Buckeyes two goals and gave themselves three. Freshman Nemo Neubauerova beat goaltender Amanda Zeglen glove side just 36 seconds into the second to score first. A powerplay opportunity in the fifteenth minute would allow Colgate to score again. Malia Schneider just shot her puck from way downtown and sent it across all the sprawling Buckeyes but freshman Delani MacKay would tip the puck in for her first goal of the season and the Raiders second goal of the game. Shae Labbe also tried the long shot as well and scored to give the Raiders a 3-2 lead going into the third.
A pair of insurance goals in the third from Coralie Larose, who just beat up a water bottle with a puck beating the goalie glove side, and Shae Labbe’s empty netter would bring the final score of the game 5-2. Liz “Lights Out” Auby would stop 38 of 40 shots to gain the victory.
Next weekend, the women’s ice hockey team are heading to Boston to face off against Northeastern. A team they eliminated at Hamilton to reach the NCAA semifinals this past year. This should be a fun series.