No. 4/4 Raiders Blank Harvard

No. 4/4 Raiders Blank Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – They did it again.
 
For the second straight game, No. 4/4 Colgate put up three goals in the matter of minutes. The quick points helped the Raiders power past Harvard 4-0 here Saturday at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
 
The win marks Colgate's 10th weekend sweep of the season.
 
Colgate had several good looks on net early on but struggled to get one on the board due to sharp play between the pipes from Harvard goaltender Beth Larcom.
 
Jessie Eldridge found a seam through the Crimson defense and headed straight toward the goal. The junior from Barrie, Ontario, lifted a wrist shot past Larcom's right pad to give the Raiders the 1-0 lead with 7:32 left in the first.
 
The score stood for the next 40 minutes and 22 seconds. That's when Olivia Zafuto charged toward the net and took a few swipes at the puck before sneaking it past Larcom to make it 2-0 with 6:10 left.  
 
Colgate won the ensuing faceoff and went right back on the offensive. Eldridge fired a shot that deflected out to the point where Shelby Perry put it home just 10 seconds after Zafuto's goal.
 
Eldridge added her second goal of the game with 3:44 remaining, giving the Raiders the 4-0 lead. The forward snapped a wrist shot through Larcom's five-hole.
 
Julia Vandyk picked up her third shutout of the season, facing 22 shots. She improved her save percentage to .932 and her goals-against average to 1.67.
 
BOTTOM LINE
No. 4/4 Colgate 4, Harvard 0
 
WIN/LOSS RECORDS
No. 4/4 Colgate improves its record to 25-4-1 overall and 15-3-0 in ECAC Hockey play. The Crimson drop to 9-12-2 and 7-9-2 in conference play.

KEY RAIDER INFO
-The Raiders picked up their 15th ECAC Hockey win, setting a program record.
-Colgate is unbeaten against Harvard in its last five games with a 4-0-1 record.
-This was the sixth Raider shutout this season.
 
FACTS AND FIGURES
-Eldridge put home her 13th and 14th goals, tying for the team lead.
-Eldridge has multipoint games in three of her last four.
-And for the fifth time in her career, she recorded three points.
-Breanne Wilson-Bennett extended her point-streak to five games, recording her 14th assist.
-Zafuto continued her point streak to five games, tallying her 13th assist.  
-Perry netted her eighth goal to reach the 30-point mark (8g, 22a).
-Bailey Larson increased her point-streak to five games, notching her 14th assist
-Shelby Wood notched her sixth assist.

FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo
"It was a really tight game. Their goalie played great and they did what they needed to do to keep us to the outside offensively. It could have been a frustrating one for us because none of them were falling, but I give this group a lot of credit. We just stuck with it and eventually were able to make plays that turned into goals.
 
"It had a playoff feel to it. It was a tight one. We were playing well, doing the right things. That second goal we scored was a big one. We were able to capitalize on a good opportunity.

"Our game doesn't change. We've got a group that's really focused on playing the way we need to play in order to be successful. Sometimes pucks go in and sometimes they don't.
 
"Jules was great tonight. The thing about Julia is she makes saves look easy and she makes the right saves at the right time. Julia made a couple of key saves. There was a three-save flurry there and she made the saves that were grade-A chances for them and that kept it a one-goal game.

UP NEXT
No. 4/4 Colgate returns to Hamilton for a pair of games next weekend. The Raiders host Brown Friday night at 6, followed by Senior Day on Saturday against Yale at 3 p.m.