The Colgate Raiders (7-5-2) had a very tough weekend. They first lost to the Princeton Tigers 6-0 on Friday but they rallied on Saturday to tie the Quinnipiac Bobcats 3-3.
Taking a look back on Friday, there really isn’t that much to say. Princeton showed up and played. They got off to a fast start in the first to get up 1-0. They then piled on four goals in the second and extra one in the third to get a 6-0 lead. Julia Vandyk saved 15 of twenty shots in two periods of play. Liz Auby came in the third and saved six of seven shots. Overall, just not a good look for this team.
Fast forward to Saturday, they looked more like themselves. They were competitive, sharp and focused. All the action started in the first period. Rosalie Demers put the Raiders up early in the first to make it 1-0. Quinnipiac would respond with three of their own to make it 3-1 heading into the second. But right before the end of the period, Jessie Eldridge scored on a feed from Shae Labbe to shorten the lead 3-2. After a silent second period, it looked as though Colgate would have another tough loss. However, midway through the third a Bobcat powerplay would lead to a fortuitous Raider shorthanded goal as Eldridge would score again for the Raiders to make it 3-3. After a scoreless overtime period, the score would remain unchanged at 3-3, giving Colgate its first tie in league play and second one of the season.
The Raiders finally come back to Hamilton after Thanksgiving break to take on the reigning national champions Clarkson Golden Knights and the ranked St. Lawrence Saints. These games feature the toughest teams they will face in the ECAC conference. Where this team is at right now, I don’t know if they can take them the distance. If they can limit the penalties and can find a consistent netminder to weather the storm, there is a chance. Maybe some home cooking will do them good. At least one game has to have a favorable result in, order for them to keep up in the ECAC. Getting an at large bid with their resume would be impossible unless they find lightning in a bottle.
Until then, they will enjoy a nice break to refocus and rest after a six game road trip. Go Gate.