The #9 Colgate Raiders (19-8-5) will be on the road for their final games of the regular season. They will take on the Union Dutchwomen (4-26-2) at Schenectady, NY and the RPI Engineers (13-14-5) in Troy, NY*. The Dutchwomen have been eliminated from the ECAC playoffs and so will have just pride to play for on Friday. The last meeting between Union and Colgate, the Raiders came out on top with a 5-2 victory which featured Malia Schneider’s first collegiate hat trick.
The Engineers on the other hand will be fine tuning their game against a couple of nationally ranked opponents in Cornell and Colgate in preparation for the tournament. The Raiders meanwhile will look to complete a series sweep of RPI as they already hold a 4-1 victory over them in their last meeting in Hamilton, NY. RPI is already coming off a high after upsetting the #6 Princeton Tigers 2-1. The Raiders will need to be wary of RPI as they could be facing them two more times next week in Hamilton.
This weekend is all about clean up duty. The tournament seedings have not been set yet as the 5-8 seeds (Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Harvard and Quinnipiac) have a couple of games left to play. What is clear is that Colgate will be hosting a home game in 1965 Arena, and even then their opponent could change depending on how the 1-4 seeds (Princeton, Cornell, Clarkson and Colgate) do this weekend. Whatever the results are this weekend, the teams are confirmed and playoff hockey is one week away.
*Editor note – Originally wrote that the RPI Engineers are from Rensselaer, NY. They actually are out of Troy, NY.