The Colgate Raiders (7-5-2) have a very tough matchup coming into this weekend as they first take on the Clarkson Golden Knights (12-2) on Friday and then the Saint Lawrence Saints (9-2-1) on Saturday. If there was ever a weekend to make a statement, this would be that weekend. The Raiders are on a three game winless streak in which they tied Robert Morris and Quinnipiac and losing badly to Princeton. To play catch up in the ECAC standings and to be back in the national conversation, they need to win at least one of these games in Hamilton, NY.
Friday’s matchup against #3 Clarkson is a total mismatch when you look at it on paper. They have not lost much from last season and seemed to only added to their powerhouse team. The top line in Loren Gabel (13 goals, 15 assists), Elizabeth Giguere (11 goals, 19 assists) and Michaela Pejzlova (11 goals, 15 assists) are arguably the most potent offense in the country. To win this game and to challenge this team, Colgate must play 60 minutes of mistake free hockey and capitalize on any chance Clarkson gives them. It will be their toughest game of the season, they will need everything and the kitchen sink to beat this team.
The Saints of Saint Lawrence on paper are actually similar to Colgate. The point production and offense is there but the thing that sticks out is their defense. The goalies have a combined four shutouts this season and have allowed a combined 2.03 goals a game. The entire defense has only allowed one power play goal in 31 penalty kills hitch is phenomenal on their part. If the Raiders can break through this stingy Saints defense or even score with a skater advantage, they have a chance.
To recap, if the Raiders are stand tall and keep it close against these teams, they have a chance to come away with a couple of points this weekend. With a little home cooking for the Raiders, these games will be fun to watch.