The Colgate Raiders (7-4-1) had a successful weekend against Robert Morris University (6-6-2). On Friday, they fought off a late power play rally to defeat the Colonials 4-3 and on Saturday both teams battled to a 2-2 tie. Here is how it went.
Friday, 4-Colgate 3-Robert Morris
Senior Jessie Eldridge started things off in the first period, by scoring a power play wrist shot over Colonial goaltender Lauren Bailey. The goal was her 50th of her career which now makes her the 8th Raider in history to reach that milestone for Colgate.
The Raiders took a 2-0 lead in the second after Nemo Neubauerova, Shae Labbe and Coralie Larose had several chances at the puck. Ultimately it was Larose who would cash in on the opportunity to poke in a goal. Another career milestone would give the Raiders a 3-0 lead in the second. Bailey Larsen would score her 100th point with an easy goal at the doorstep of the Colonial net after Tanner Gates won a loose puck at the boards. Eldridge would score again with just three minutes left of the second with a roof shot thanks to a pass from Malia Schneider from the face off dot.
As Colgate had a 4-0 lead going into the second, it turned out to be much needed as the Raiders were a player down most of the third period due to penalties which included a five minute major midway through the third. The Colonials would score three power play goals to get within one but that would be the end as Colgate would win 4-3.
Saturday, 2-2 Tie
This game was evenly matched from start to finish. Julia Vandyk 28 out of 30 shots which included the extra five minutes in overtime to help Colgate secure its first tie of the season. Colgate scored first period thanks to a nice backhand shot by Malia Schneider that just snuck the puck in past the pad of the Colonial goalie. Robert Morris would respond in the second with a deflection shot past Vandyk to make it 1-1. The Raiders would not answer back until the opening minute of the third period when Eleri MacKay scored a backhanded shot of her own for a 2-1 Raider advantage. Three minutes later, the Colonials found the back of the net again for a 2-2 equalizer. After that, it was just a battle that resulted in a 2-2 final as both goaltenders stood tall to not allow another goal.
Colgate will stay at #10 this week, and they will quickly return to ECAC play on the road against the Princeton Tigers and the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Go Gate!