The Colgate Raiders (14-8-4) lost this past weekend to the Cornell Big Red (13-2-5). Both games were very close up until the last period.
In Friday’s game in Hamilton, NY, the Big Red took advantage of the extra skater advantage as they scored midway through the first period with a power play goal to take the games first lead. The Raiders responded just three seconds before the buzzer sounded in the first intermission as Jessie Eldridge tied the game at one with a wrap around shot goal from behind the net.
Cornell would again score on the power play late into the second period to get a 2-1 lead going into the third period.
The Raiders would tie the game quickly at two in the third period as Eleri MacKay scored on a one timer in front of the net, thanks to a feed from Olivia Zafuto behind the Big Red goalie.
The Big Red would put the game out of reach in the third, with two goals, one of which was just scored just as the time expired on a Raider power play. The 4-2 loss would be the final score but Colgate would have a bad case of deja vu as the same result would appear on Saturday afternoon’s matchup against the Big Red in Ithaca, NY.
The Big Red came out with an early 2-0 lead going into the first intermission which included a short handed goal. Jessie Eldridge would then score two second period goals to tie the game at two after thirteen minutes of play which gave Colgate some momentum. Unfortunately, the Big Red answered both goals with two consecutive goals of their own right after.
The score would be 4-2 Cornell going into the third period, and it would be the end result as Colgate could not find an answer.
The big issue this weekend was special teams play, giving up two special teams goals in Friday (three if you count the third Cornell goal which was scored seconds after the power play expired in the third.) and two more special teams goals on Saturday. Cornell just had a goalie who was playing on another planet that stopped most of the shots and the Big Red took advantage of any opportunity they could, which just so happens to be on special teams plays.
A few silver linings for the Raiders this weekend. One silver lining was in the history books as senior goaltender Julia Vandyk broke the program record for total minutes between the pipes with over 6,072 minutes played, and then some after this weekend. Jessie Eldridge also made history, becoming Colgate’s Division I all time leading point scorer with 143 points currently. They have certainly cemented themselves as outstanding players that will hold records that maybe no one else will be able to break for a long time.
The second silver lining is that they hold the number four spot in the ECAC conference. They have a two point lead against St. Lawerence and have a pretty light schedule heading into the final month. If they can keep ahead of St. Lawerence and hold on to the top four spots, they can definitely host a quarterfinal series in March.
The last silver lining, they host a couple of games at home this weekend against the RPI Engineers and the Union Dutchwomen.
The final month of regular season hockey is here. Postseason vibes only from now on until March. Go Gate!