Raiders Top Harvard, Stay Unbeaten at Home

Raiders Top Harvard, Stay Unbeaten at Home

HAMILTON – After needing late game heroics in its previous four games, the Colgate women's hockey team secured a 3-2 victory over Harvard here Friday afternoon at the Class of 1965 Arena.
 
The Raiders held the one-goal advantage for the final 16 minutes after Lauren Wildfang (Waterdown, Ontario) scored the difference-maker just over four minutes into the third period. 
 
Colgate's penalty-kill unit proved strong throughout the afternoon, holding the Crimson 0-for-7 on power play opportunities. Colgate is riding a streak of 17 consecutive penalty kills dating back to Dec. 9 against Robert Morris.
 
Julia Vandyk (Cambridge, Ontario) finished with 25 saves on 27 shots and improved her record to 12-2-1 on the season.
 
32498 After an initial save in net from Vandyk, Harvard's Kat Hughes was able to put home a rebound 9:46 into the first period to give the Crimson the 1-0 advantage.
 
Minutes later, Malia Schneider (Millarville, Alberta) netted a trickling puck in front of the net with 6:12 remaining in the opening period to even the score. Shelby Perry (Elginburg, Ontario) was credited with the assist after she threw the initial shot on net, setting up Schneider with an open opportunity on net.
 
Perry wasted no time in the second period, netting her fourth goal of the season on a breakaway 2:20 into the second frame to put the Raiders up one.
 
Perry tied a career high with three points on a goal and two assists.
 
The Crimson evened the score at 2-2 on a Brooke Jovanovich goal with just over five minutes remaining in the second period.
 
32494 Colgate then picked up the winner early in the third. Skating to her right, Perry played the puck back to Wildfang who fired a wrist shot that landed top shelf with 15:59 left in the third frame.
 
Bottom Line
No. 4/4 Colgate 3, Harvard 2

Won-Lost Records
No. 4/4 Colgate improves to 18-3-1 (9-2-0 ECAC Hockey) while Harvard drops to 8-6-1 (6-4-1 ECAC Hockey).

Key Raider Info
• Schneider tallied her team-leading 11th goal of the season, moving her into sole possession of fifth place in ECAC Hockey and second among rookies.
• Perry claimed the team lead in assists, notching her 15th and 16th of the season.
• Perry (1g, 2a) recorded her fourth multipoint game of the season.
• Perry tied a career high with three points, a feat she has achieved four times with the most recent being earlier this season against RIT.
• Wildfang netted her third goal of the season.
32497 • Wildfang notched her second career game-winning goal. It's her first game-winner since the 2015-16 season opener against Robert Morris.
• Wildfang (67 career points) needs just five points to tie Tara French '07 for most by a defender in program history
 
Facts & Figures
• Colgate remains unbeaten at Class of 1965 Arena with a record 10-0-1
• The Raiders are one of two teams (Wisconsin) in Division I who have yet to lose at home
• Colgate's 18 shots in the first period were the second-highest total for the team in a single frame this season.
• Colgate outshot Harvard 38-27
• The Raiders dominated the faceoff circle 37-20

From the Source
Head Coach Greg Fargo (On the game) "That was a really exciting game to watch. I'm really pleased with the first 40 or 45 minutes because there were a lot of plays being made and our players did a good job of starting the game the right way. There were tremendous efforts up and down our lineup. Every time we had someone up, they were making big plays – getting the puck or out, blocking a shot or taking the puck to the net.
 
32496 "A lot of good things and then a little excitement. Once we got up 3-2, we had some undisciplined penalties that we are going to look to clean up. All in all, it was another good effort and another good job of finding a way to win against a good team."
 
(On the third period penalty kill) "Tremendous. Everybody in sync. We did a nice job to keep them to the outside. We gave up some shots but a lot were from the perimeter. Big credit goes to our penalty-killers. They did a great job to keep the momentum on our side and not let Harvard back in the game when they had some good looks."
 
(On putting the game away) "We were controlling a lot of the play there and feeling really good about our game. But with a lead, it's so important to find the next goal; the one that separates a little bit. We couldn't find it and we're a little bit frustrated about that but we did a good job of putting that behind us and going forward. We were able to find that third one that ultimately was the difference. I credit our team for pushing on even though things weren't falling the way we wanted early in the game."

Up Next
• Colgate plays the second of its seven-game homestand Saturday when the Raiders take on the Dartmouth Big Green.
• Dartmouth dropped a 2-0 result Friday at Cornell and enters at 4-12-1 overall, 2-9-1 in ECAC Hockey.
• Puck drop is 3 p.m., with coverage available on the Patriot League Network.