Colgate Women’s Ice Hockey Recap: Raiders Take Three Big League Points

The Colgate Raiders (12-6-4) had a very nice weekend in league play. They defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats (7-13-3) 5-2 and tied the Princeton Tigers (13-2-5) 4-4 at 1965 Arena.

For both games, it was an all around effort for all the players. On Friday, five different Raiders scored a goal to contribute on offense. Olivia Zafuto and Eleri MacKay scored in the opening period with a pair of power play goals to make it 2-0. In the second period, the Raiders extended their lead with two more off the sticks of Rosalie Demers and Tanner Gates to make it 4-0 halfway into the second period. The Bobcats would spoil Julia Vandyk’s shutout with a pair of goals of their own in the second period and cut the lead in half 4-2. An empty net goal at the end would finish off the game 5-2 and give everyone in attendance a free ice cream from Gilligans.

This game not only featured all around scoring from different Raiders, it also featured multi-point efforts from Shae Labbe, Bailey Larsen, Coralie Larose and Eleri MacKay. They would need this type of effort again as they faced off against the number one team in the ECAC in the Princeton Tigers.

Saturdays game, was a back and forth affair where both teams had the momentum in periods of this game. The opening period was even 1-1 as Princeton scored first in the opening two minutes. The Raiders responded with a power play goal just two minutes later thanks to Tanner Gates. The second period was all Princeton. Vandyk kept them off the scoreboard for as long as she could but this Princeton team scored midway through the second and with just less than a minute left in the second stanza. Princeton felt very comfortable with this 3-1 lead going into the third. 

That sense of relief would last up until midway into the third when Malia Schneider and Shae Labbe would score within two minutes of each other to knot the game at 3-3. It would be a tie game and the Tigers scored a late goal with just a minute and two seconds left in the game to make it 4-3. As the Raiders were running out of time, it seemed as though the Raiders may not be able to overcome this final nail on the coffin. However, with just nine seconds to go, Jessie Eldridge got a hold of the puck and scored the game tying goal. A very quick review would ensue after to make sure she was onsides, with a very nervous Tiger team watching nervously from the other side of the rink. The goal would clearly stand and both teams needed an extra five to try and win this game.

Neither team would and they both settled for a point in the ECAC. For Princeton, the point solidified their standing as number one even further. For Colgate, they stayed on top of the standings at least for another week. The Raiders will try and take this energy and focus it on the road this coming weekend when they take on the Harvard Crimson and the Dartmouth Big Green.

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