The Colgate Raiders (9-5-2) absolutely stymied both then #3 Clarkson Univerity (12-4) and #9 Saint Lawrence (9-8-1) and crushed them both by a combined score of 9-2. The Raiders returned home after a long November road trip in which they didn’t find a lot of success. It looks like a little home cooking was all they needed.
Friday, Raiders-4 Golden Knights-1
The Raiders came out all systems go, as they were flying around the ice putting up shots against Clarkson. Four minutes into the game, the Raiders netted their first goal via a knee from Tanner Gates. After Jessie Eldridge fired a shot wide right from the left dot, Gates was there off the far post and just happened to be at the right place and the right time as the puck hit off her knee and deflected into the net. The first period ended with a 1-0 lead for the Raiders, but by no means was it a quiet period as Clarkson out shot Colgate 14-6. That did not matter to Julia Vandyk as she turned every single one of them away including a sprawling save just minutes before the first intermission.
The Raiders would outshoot the Golden Knights 15-9 in the second period and would take advantage off ill advised penalties from Clarkson in order to pad their lead less than 30 seconds to go in the second period. With a 5 on 3 power play advantage, Shae Labbe scored a point blank top shelf shot to make it 2-0 Colgate.
Labbe would get another goal as she took the puck in the third period and snuck it in to the left side of Kassidy Sauve who was blocked rom traffic. Colgate had a 3-0 lead at the start of the third but Clarkson eventually got on the board with five minutes left of the game to make it 3-1. Malia Schneider would complete the revenge game as she scored an empty netter to make it 4-1. Vandyk stopped 36 shots in order to guide the Raiders to victory.
Saturday, Raiders-5 Saints-1
Saturday’s game was very different. Both teams looked very sluggish to start the game and it was hard for either team to get the upper hand. It wasn’t until midway through the opening stanza that the Raiders cashed in a costly Saints mistake. The Saints goalie dumped the puck behind the net for her player but did not take into account that Coralie Larose was coming behind. Larose took the puck and found Rosalie Demers who scored on a wide open net to put the Raiders up 1-0. The Raiders scored again after a long video review of a previous no goal call for Saint Lawrence. Malia Schneider fed Jessie Eldridge a loose puck and Eldridge shot a no doubter high slot shot for her 50th career goal and a 2-0 lead for the Raiders.
Eldridge would score again midway through the second stanza, beating the Saints goalie on a high shot to make it 3-0.
The Saints finally broke through in the third with a power play goal in the third to make it 3-1. That would be it for the Saints as Colgate ended the night with a pair of goals and ice cream for all those in attendance. Bailey Larsen shot a long range empty net goal from the Colgate blue line to make it 4-1. After that, Kendall Williamson scored her first career goal after a feed from Shae Labbe to make it 5-1 Colgate.
Colgate was put back on the top ten list today and are now ranked tenth in the nation. They are currently third in the ECAC conference with 11 points just behind Cornell University and a surprising first place Princeton team.Colgate will have a home and home series to finish off the first half of the season this week against Syracuse. They will play at Syracuse on Thursday and at home on Saturday. Go Gate!