The Colgate Raiders (16-8-4) defeated the RPI Engineers (11-12-5) and the Union Dutchwomen (3-23-2) in a successful weekend sweep.
On Autism Awareness Night, Kendall Williamson put the Raiders on the board first with a nice long range wrist shot from dead center ice to give Colgate a 1-0 lead three minutes into the opening stanza. Rosalie Demers handed the Raiders a 2-0 lead ten minutes later, as Jessie Eldridge’s wrist shot bounced off Demers and into the net.
RPI would cut the lead in half halfway through the second stanza, but Colgate would put the game away in the third period.
Six minutes into the third stanza, a tic-tac-toe play started by Eldridge, given to Olivia Zafuto and finished by Shae Labbe gave the Raiders a nice insurance 3-1 goal. Eldridge would wrap around the puck into the net with just a minute left in the game to put the game away at 4-1.
While Friday night was really never in doubt, Paws and Pucks Night started off with some drama as the Dutchwomen took advantage of a couple of breakdown’s in the Colgate defense to come out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. However, the Raiders would answer the bell before the first intermission as Malia Schneider would score with just a minute to spare.
The 2-1 Union lead would not last, as Colgate piled on the pressure and took a 3-2 lead thanks to goals by Tanner Gates and Schneider’s second goal of the night.
The Raiders, feeling all the momentum, carried that to a 5-2 victory over Union. A goal by Eldridge and Schneider’s first career hat trick would seal the deal. There would be ice cream for all in attendance and freshman goalie Alexa Dobchuk would earn her first career victory saving 11 shots.
The Raiders currently hold an all important four point lead over St. Lawrence in the ECAC conference as they go on the road to take them on and Clarkson University in north country. The last time Colgate met with these teams it was a very one sided affair. This time will probably be different as the results of this weekend may clear up the top four spots in the ECAC or make things more interesting heading into the final weeks of hockey. Go Gate!