This weekend, the #8 Colgate Raiders (14-6-4) take on the #7 Cornell Big Red (9-2-5) in a home and home series. Both teams are on top of the ECAC standings and are separated by one point. Whatever the result is this weekend between these two teams will shape the top of the seedings for the playoffs at the end of the season.
The Big Red has only played in six non-conference games and has gone unbeaten in those games with a 2-0-4 record. That does not matter as much as they are 9-2-1 in the ECAC conference. A big reason for that is their starting goaltender Marlène Boissonnault who in 15 games played has allowed an average of 1.70 goals to go through. She has also only gave up 26 goals in over 900 minutes of play which means Colgate will more than likely see her twice this series. Cornell is also very well balanced offensively and defensively, They have outscored their opponents in all three periods and have outshot them in the first two periods. They also win a little more than half their face offs, which is bad news because does not have very good luck with face offs at times this season.
If Colgate is to win this game, they need to keep the energy and momentum rolling from last weekend. They are doing very well on the power play and will need to continue to be successful with the extra skater advantage against a stubborn Cornell team that does not allow a lot of opportunities. Playing at home first is a big advantage for the Raiders as they play much better at home with a 7-1-1 record. One game at a time, two points at a time. This weekend should be fun. Go Gate!