The #9 Colgate Raiders (17-8-5) marched to north country and took away three ECAC points from the St. Lawrence Saints (13-12-5) and the #4 Clarkson Golden Knights (23-6-1). They tied the Saints 2-2 on Friday in Canton, NY and fought their way to a 4-3 overtime victory at Potsdam, NY on Saturday. This was by far their toughest weekend before the ECAC playoffs and now they are in a good position to finish the final leg of the season.
In Canton, NY, Jessie Eldridge put the Raiders on the board first with a late goal in the first period for a 1-0 lead. The Saints would answer back with a short handed goal in the second to tie the game at one apiece.
The third period was deadlocked for both St. Lawrence and Colgate until Malia Schneider launched a shot past the goalie with four minutes left to play for the 2-1 lead. A last minute power play goal by the Saints would extend the game an extra five minutes as the teams went into overtime tied 2-2.
Neither team would emerge victorious as both would earn a point in the game. The Raiders still hold the tiebreaker over the Saints as they have a 5-1 win over them earlier in the season.
Saturday’s game against Clarkson also needed an extra period to figure out a winner, only a winner would emerge with two big league points at the end of it. With just six and a half minutes left in the first period, Bailey Larsen would light the lamp first. After a feed from Shelby Wood and Coralie Larose, Larsen took a shot from the right face off dot that deflected off a defender and into the net for a Raider 1-0 lead. Just under 40 seconds later, Clarkson tied the game at 1-1.
The second period saw a reverse in momentum as Clarkson took the lead 2-1 just two and a half minutes in. Larsen would find the back of the net again to tie the game at two, as the Clarkson goalie mishandled the puck on the left side and passed to a wide open Larsen. Larsen thanked her for the gift by returning it to sender and putting the puck into the net.
Clarkson would later get a 3-2 lead that would go into the third period, but just like all the other leads in this game, it would go away with a power play surge by the Raiders. Tanner Gates took a shot that hit the goal post and as every Clarkson defender in the area was trying to clear it away from the goal, Larose would block it back into the net to tie the game at three apiece.
That 3-3 lead would take this game to overtime, which would only last 17 seconds. After being awarded a power play and winning the face off, Demers would skate around the back of the net and force the puck in front. Malia Schneider would find it and send that puck flying to the back of the net for a 4-3 Raider victory and a Colgate series sweep of Clarkson.
This weekend was huge from a momentum standpoint as they go into their final four games of the season. Barring an upset game, an unbeaten weekend series in Hamilton will help secure home ice for the quarterfinals of the ECAC tournament. For the NCAA tournament, it is all about improving their resume. Clarkson, Princeton and Cornell are fourth, fifth and sixth in the nation respectably. Until then, it is Yale and Brown University this senior weekend in Hamilton, NY. Go Gate!