Raiders Sweep Harvard

Raiders Sweep Harvard

HAMILTON – For third time in program history the Colgate Raiders are moving on to the ECAC Hockey championship weekend.

No. 4 Colgate downed Harvard 6-1 on Saturday to complete the 2-0 sweep of the Crimson in the quarterfinal round.
 
Jessie Eldridge led the way offensively for the Raiders, notching her first career hat trick. With the three goals on the afternoon, the junior from Barrie, Ontario, set the Colgate Division I record for points in a season with 41. She opened the game's scoring with a power play goal just over seven minutes into the contest.
 
Harvard's Brooke Jovanovich responded with a goal just 41 seconds later to even the game at 1-1 with 11:59 remaining in the first.
 
Though the second frame began in a draw, it did not take long for the Raiders to regain the lead. Breanne Wilson-Bennett found the back of the net just 40 seconds into the period putting the Raiders back in front. Eldridge added her second goal minutes later to give the Raiders a 3-1 padding entering the second intermission.
 
In the third, Lauren Wildfang netted her sixth goal of the season on a feed from Shelby Wood. The Raiders tacked on two more from Eldridge and Chelsea Jacques to close out the scoring.
 
Julia Vandyk, who made the start in net, recorded 31 saves on the 32 shots she faced. The Cambridge, Ontario, native owns a .931 save percentage on the season and 1.65 goals against average.
 
BOTTOM LINE 
Colgate 6, Harvard 1
 
WIN-LOSS RECORD
The Raiders advance to 31-4-1 and the Crimson drop to 13-16-2 on the season.  
 
KEY RAIDER INFO
-The Raiders extended their win streak to eight games, their second longest of the season.
-Colgate has a six-game unbeaten streak against the Crimson. This marks the first-ever season sweep of Harvard.
-Colgate completed its 13th weekend sweep of the season.
-Jacques recorded her first career goal.  
 
FACTS AND FIGURES
-Eldridge's hat trick is just the second for the team this season. Shae Labbe had one against New Hampshire on Nov. 10.
-Wilson-Bennett finished with two points on a goal and an assist, marking her 10th multipoint game.
-For the third consecutive game, Sullivan had a multipoint performance. She has recorded eight points (2g, 6a) during the stretch.
-Sullivan tied her career high with three assists on the afternoon.
-Bailey Larson tallied two assists, extending her point streak to three games.
-Larson now has 20 assists on the season.
-Shelby Wood also extended her point streak to three games with an assist on Wildfang's goal
-Wildfang increased her season point-total to 27 with her sixth goal.
-Labbe added her 18th assist of the season on Jacques' goal.
 
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo 
On his team's performance: "Harvard carried a good amount of the play in the first period. They came out with a good game plan and changed a few things up that made us think about what we were doing. But our team adjusted really well and had a good second period. We started to get back to the things that make us successful and we carried that through to the third. You kind of take every 20 minutes as its own mini game and our third period was our best."
 
On the different level of play in the postseason: "Playoff hockey is emotional. It doesn't matter if it's a penalty call, a replay or something that happens in the game that can shift momentum at any time. It's just so important that we continue to play the same way every time. More than anything, that's what we did a nice job of – moving onto the next play and continuing to play the right way."
 
On Vandyk's performance in net: "Jules is a competitor. I talked to her last night after the game and I knew she wasn't happy with how things went. So that shows a lot about who she is and what she means for this team. To come out and make the saves we need when we need them is who she is. That why she's the backbone back there."
 
UP NEXT
Colgate moves onto the semifinal round Saturday in Potsdam, N.Y. The Raider opponent and start time have yet to be determined.