Eldridge Scores Late as Colgate Beats Princeton

Eldridge Scores Late as Colgate Beats Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. – Jessie Eldridge (Barrie, Ontario) scored the game-winning goal with 3:43 to go in the third period for the No. 4/4 Colgate women's ice hockey team as the Raiders defeated the Princeton Tigers, 3-2, at Hobey Baker Rink Saturday afternoon.
 
Eldridge's game-winning goal was her fourth game-winner of the season as she powered the Raiders to the weekend sweep of Quinnipiac and Princeton.
 
Megan Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) forced a turnover in Raiders' defensive zone that was picked up by Eldridge who skated into the neutral zone. Eldridge tapped the puck to Shae Labbe (Calgary, Alberta) on her left skated in on goal before centering a pass to Eldridge on the back post. Eldridge swiped home the game-winning goal with a great effort to beat the Princeton defender attempting to screen her off the puck.
 
Breanne Wilson-Bennett (Markham, Ontario) led the Raiders with two points on Saturday in the win over the Tigers, picking up a goal and an assist for her fifth multiple-point effort of the season
 
Sullivan got the Raiders on the board with exactly 12 minutes left in the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Olivia Zafuto(Niagara Falls, New York) fired a shot from the right point that was saved by Princeton goaltender Stephanie Neatby. Breanne Wilson-Bennett (Markham, Ontario) jabbed at the puck and couldn't poke it home but Sullivan cleaned up in front of the net to put home the puck on the back door.
 
The Raiders carried their 1-0 lead deep into the second period and continued to get good scoring chances before Wilson-Bennett doubled the lead with 4:38 left in the period. Bailey Larson (Sycamore, Illinois) wheeled around the offensive zone before firing a shot on goal that was tipped by Wilson-Bennett off the inside post and past Neatby for the goal.
 
Princeton got a pair of goals back in the first part of the third period as Stephanie Sucharda and Sharon Frankel each scored to put the Tigers back in the game. Frankel's goal tied the game with 11:38 left in the period.
 
After Eldridge's game-winning goal, goaltender Julia Vandyk made one of her biggest saves of the game as she came up with save on a shot from Sharon Frankel with 23.8 seconds left in the third period. Vandyk finished with 29 saves on 31 shots in the win.
 
BOTTOM LINE
No. 4/4 Colgate 3, Princeton 2
 
WIN/LOSS RECORDS
The Raiders picked up another weekend sweep with the win to improve to 17-3-1 (8-2-0 ECAC Hockey) while the Tigers three-game winning streak was snapped to fall to 6-10-4 (5-8-1 ECAC Hockey)
 
KEY RAIDER INFO
-Eldridge scored her fourth game-winning goal of the season and 10th overall goal, tied with Labbe and Malia Schneider (Millarville, Alberta) for the team lead
-Eldridge now has three straight season of 20-plus points after recording her 20th career point
-Wilson-Bennett picked up her fifth multi-point game of the season on a goal and an assist
-She is tied for third on the team with 17 points and 10 assists
-Sullivan has goals in back-to-back games for the Raiders after scoring her ninth of the season
-Larson picked up her ninth assist of the season and 15th point with an assist on Wilson-Bennett's goal
-Labbe also picked up her 20th point of the season with her 10th assist to give her three straight seasons with 20-plus points
-Zafuto picked up her ninth assist and 12th point of the season on Colgate's first goal of the game
-Shelby Wood (Cambridge, Ontario)

FACTS AND FIGURES
-The Raiders outshot the Tigers, 36-31, and had a dominating 18-7 advantage in the second period
-Both teams were perfect on the penalty kill as Colgate was 5 for 5 and Princeton was 4 for 4
-Princeton had the advantage in faceoffs Saturday afternoon at 29-20
 
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo
"It was a nice way to get back into ECAC play this weekend after a few weeks off. Knowing you're coming into it playing two very good opponents, it is exactly what we needed as it ensures you have to be at your best.
 
"In both games this weekend, we caught and rode some positive play for lengthy periods of time. We kept doing a lot of really good things shift after shift. Tonight was especially good as we had to fight hard to earn the win after the Tigers came out in the third with a lot of energy. They battled their way back in the game.
 
"I loved how we just continued to play and didn't allow that momentum shift to get in our way. We made plays all weekend and especially when we needed to most this weekend. "It is a good way to start this stretch of the season knowing that there is another challenge right ahead of us next week."
 
UP NEXT
No. 4/4 Colgate women's ice hockey heads home for the next seven games, starting next weekend when the Raiders host the Harvard Crimson and Dartmouth Big Green on Friday and Saturday with puck drop set for 3 p.m. each day.