HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Colgate women's hockey team kept their playoff hopes alive Friday night as they defeated Union, 2-1, at Starr Rink. The Raiders improve to 7-10-4 in the ECAC and 11-18-4 overall while the Dutchwomen drop to 1-19-1 in the league and 5-27-1 overall.
Colgate now sits alone in ninth place in the league standings with 18 points, just one point ahead of Yale and one back from Dartmouth. The Bulldogs dropped a 1-0 decision to Quinnipiac to fall behind the Raiders in the standings, while Big Green upset Clarkson, 4-1, to claim the eighth spot. Colgate needs either a win against Rensselaer along with a Dartmouth loss or tie to finish eighth tomorrow. If the Raiders tie the Engineers on Saturday, they need both a Dartmouth loss and a Yale loss or tie.
Despite outshooting the Dutchwomen 21-1 in the first period, neither the Raiders nor Union were able to score in the first period of play. Colgate quickly changed that in the second period scoring on a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity. Senior Beth Rotenberg (Toronto, Ont.) passed the puck from behind Union's net to classmate Ali Edell (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) at the point. Edell got the puck to freshman Jordan Brickner (Lake Forest, Ill.) who was positioned at the right face-off circle. From there Brickner took a hard slap shot and beat out Union goaltender Katie Gallagher for the 1-0 advantage with 14:12 left in the period.
After Union's Chelsey Heinhuis and Marissa Gentile were called for back-to-back holding penalties, the Raiders found themselves on another 5-on-3 power-play chance. Senior Evan Minnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) gained possession of the puck on the left side of the Dutchwomen' net and passed it off to rookie Jenna Klynstra (Edmonton, Alta.) who was camped out on the right side. Klynstra's initial shot was saved by Gallagher but Hannah Milan (Great Barrington, Mass.) picked up the rebound and put it in past Gallagher to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead heading into the third period.
The Raiders were plagued by penalties in the third, picking up five of their nine penalties in the final stanza. Union took advantage of their first 5-on-3 power-play opportunity as Jackie Koetteritz scored for the Dutchwomen to cut the Colgate lead to one. Lauren Hoffman helped set up the goal collecting the puck from just above the left face-off circle and passing it to Heinhuis just inside the blue line. Heinhuis connected with Koetteritz above the right face-off circle to earn an assist on the goal.
Colgate, which outshot Union 45-17 overall, outlasted a final effort by the Dutchwomen to tie the game. After Minnick and Brittany Phillips (Lauder, Man.) were called on penalties within a minute of each other Union decided to pull their goaltender for a 6-on-3 power-play opportunity. Goaltender Lisa Plenderleith (Ajax, Ont.) made four saves for the Raiders in the final three minutes as they held on for the 2-1 victory.
Plenderleith finished with 16 saves on the evening while Gallagher made 43 stops for Union. Colgate went 2-8 on the power-play with the Dutchwomen finishing 1-9.
The Raiders will be back in action tomorrow, Feb. 20, as they close out the regular season against Rensselaer at Starr Rink. Start time is slated for 4 p.m. Colgate will honor its six seniors as a part of senior day at the rink immediately following the game.