No. 4/4 Colgate Tops Syracuse on Kids Day

No. 4/4 Colgate Tops Syracuse on Kids Day

HAMILTON –  A goal from Shae Labbe (Calgary, Alberta) seven and a half minutes into the third period lifted the No. 4/4 Colgat32533 e women's hockey team over Syracuse, 2-1, Tuesday afternoon at the Class of 1965 Arena.
 
Labbe found herself surrounded by four orange jerseys in the offensive zone with no grey in sight and the score knotted at 1-1. She lofted the puck on net and managed to squeeze it through the five hole to give the Raiders the one-goal advantage.
 
The win pushes Colgate's overall record to 20-3-1, marking its third consecutive 20-win season.
 
After a scoreless first period, Jackie Leone (Andover, Mass.) wasted no time in the second frame getting the Raiders on the board, scoring and unassisted goal 2:15 into the period.
 
Both of the Raiders goals on the afternoon were unassisted.
 
Minutes later, Syracuse forward Brooke Avery evened the score on a power play opportunity, netting her ninth goal of the season with 11:47 left in the period.
 
Liz Auby (Stoughton, Wis.) made her 11th career start between the pipes and eighth of the season. The sophomore faced 21 shots and made 20 saves. Auby had not appeared in a game since Nov. 18 when Colgate defeated Brown 5-3.
 
 
BOTTOM LINE
No. 4/4 Colgate 2, Syracuse 1

WIN/LOSS RECORDS
No. 4/4 Colgate advances to 20-3-1 on the season and 12-0-1 at Class of 1965 Arena. The Orange drops to 6-14-2 on the year.

KEY RAIDER INFO
-Today's victory marks Colgate's third consecutive 20-win season, a new program record
-Colgate is now 12-0-1 on its home ice and is one of two remaining unbeaten teams at home in the nation. No. 1/1 Wisconsin is 12-0-0 at home.
-The Raiders extended their unbeaten streak to seven games, which ties the team high for the season
-1,113 fans packed the Class of 1965 Arena on Colgate's Inaugural Kids Day
 
FACTS AND FIGURES32534
-Leone notched her second goal of the season
-Leone's previous goal came back against New Hampshire on Nov. 10
-Shae Labbe netted her 11th goal of the season, which gives her a share of the team lead with Malia Schneider
-Labbe and Schneider are tied for sixth place in the ECAC in goals
-Auby posted a save percentage of .952, facing 21 shots and stopping 20.
-The Raiders outshot Syracuse 32-21
 
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo
 
On his overall thoughts of the team's performance:
"I thought overall it was a good game. Syracuse really makes life tough on you. They come at you hard and I thought they did some things in terms of trying to spread us out that that we had to adapt to. Overall, I thought we did a good job responding. It's our third game in less than five days for us. So, we knew it was going to be a challenge, but I like the way our team responded and played for 60 minutes and found a way to get the job done at the end."
 
On how the team handled the quick turnaround:
"This time of year, you're well into the season. You have your structure in place and everybody is on board. I think there's not too many questions on how we want to play. Really, it was just a matter of managing some energy. So we took a couple days lighter and got ourselves ready of for this."
 
On the atmosphere in the inaugural Kids Day game:
"It was a blast. Early on it took some to adjust, to be honest. The kids were so loud you could hear them from every inch of the building. But, just little things in terms of communication on the ice, we just had to work a little harder to understand where each other person was out on the ice. I thought as the game went on we did so and just let our play take care it. Overall, I thought it was a great atmosphere and I really appreciate all the efforts that it took to put this together today because it was a fun atmosphere."
 
On goaltender Liz Auby's play between the pipes:
"Liz was great. It's so nice to see her come in and play well and give our team a chance to win. She made a few real timely saves for us. I thought the group in front of her played well defensively. We made it hard for them to get to the net and when they were able to Liz was there to keep things in order for us."

UP NEXT
No. 4/4 Colgate women's ice hockey continues its homestand this weekend with a pair of conference games starting with Union on Friday followed by RPI on Saturday. Puck drop for both games is 3 p.m.