The Colgate Raiders (11-6-3) had a rough start to the new year against Mercyhurst (9-9-3) with a 1-1 tie on Saturday and a 8-5 loss on Sunday.
Saturday’s game was a hard-fought battle. Even though the Raiders outshot the Lakers, Mercyhurst controlled the face-off dot winning 50 out of 71 face-offs. The Raiders lone goal of the game came off the stick of Jessie Eldridge who scored a shorthanded goal midway through the second period. That 1-0 lead would not hold as Mercyhurst would score just minutes later in the before the second intermission.
This game would take an extra period to try and figure it out, but neither team would score. They would both have to be satisfied with a 1-1 tie. Which leads us to Sunday’s game.
Special teams were tested in Sunday’s game as both teams combined for 20 penalties. Colgate got out to a 3-2 lead in the first thanks to goals by Malia Schneider, Nemo Neubauerova and Olivia Zafuto. Both teams would score a power play goal in the second period to make it 4-3, the lone Raider goal was scored by Eldridge. After the lakers tied the game at four in the third period, Malia Schneider scored her second of the game for the 5-4 lead. The game would flip on its head after that. It was absolute chaos as Mercyhurst capitalized on several Colgate penalties to score four unanswered goals to take a 8-5 victory.
The stat sheet looks ugly, but being that this is their first game back this was almost expected. The good news is that the non conference schedule is done and the Raiders can now fully focus on the ECAC conference. Another positive is that they have a good balance of home and away games.
I think the Raiders will bounce back this weekend at home with a pair of afternoon games. Some good ole home cooking should be nice breath of fresh air for them. Unfortunately they will have to try and bounce back against the first place Princeton Tigers and a very tough Quinnipiac Bobcat team.