NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Colgate Women's Hockey team would not be denied on Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink.
After falling in upset fashion to Brown the night before, the visitors made sure to not go back to Hamilton empty handed.
The Raiders were challenged in the first period when the Bulldogs pulled ahead. They got on the board midway through the opening frame, but Colgate made sure to get back to level before the first intermission.
Shelby Wood took a shot from center point that was deftly deflected by Malia Schneider inside the faceoff dot, which eluded Yale netminder Gianna Meloni. It was the sophomore's fourth goal on the year and the second weekend in a row where she had a tip-in marker.
In the beginning of the second period, the Raiders had a big momentum shift that ended in a positive. Julia Vandykgot the sequence started when she came up with a key stop on a Yale breakaway. Not long after the senior's stop, Colgate cashed in to take the lead.
Eleri MacKay entered the offensive zone from the right point and cut to the middle before she fired a wrist shot that clanked off the near post and in. It was the freshman's second goal on the year.
The Wisconsin native wasn't done in the period. With time winding down in the frame, Colgate quickly connected on a power play opportunity. Zafuto worked the puck to center point and Shae Labbe. From there, the senior wristed one towards the goal, but MacKay got a stick to it and deflected it home to double up the Raider lead.
Colgate was put to the test again in the third period when Yale narrowed its deficit to one with just under five minutes to play in the game.
Moments later, the Raiders made sure a comeback was not in the works. Jessie Eldridge created a turnover at the offensive blue line and entered the zone on an odd woman rush. She took a point blank shot that was stopped, but her and Schneider jammed away at it before it crossed the line. Schneider was credited with her second of the day, as she was the last one to get a stick to it.
A few minutes later, Labbe put the icing on the cake with an empty-net goal. Eldridge made an unselfish play to move it over to Labbe in the offensive zone, which capped a quick two-point period for the senior.
Vandyk ended the day with 18 saves for her fourth win of the year.
- #9/10 Colgate 5, Yale 2
Facts & Figures
- With two assists, Olivia Zafuto capped off a red hot weekend, as she had four points (1g, 3a) over two games.
- Schneider and Eldridge continued to ride high. They both are now on four-game point streaks.
- Saturday was Schneider's second career two-goal game and MacKay's first.
- Labbe and Schneider both ended the weekend with three points apiece, as the duo still shares the team lead in scoring with 11 points.
- With the win, the Raiders have now won the past six meetings against the Bulldogs.
- Colgate dominated in the shot department with a 38-20 advantage for the game.
From the Source
Head Coach Greg Fargo
- "Today was a really nice response from our group," said Fargo. "I thought we played really hard and we played the right way without the puck. It allowed us to take advantage of some of the momentum we built up."
- "Special teams played a big role," said Fargo. "We had a few important penalty kills in the second period especially. Our power play looked good tonight too. Overall, it was a good step forward for the group."
- "There is a lot of value gained in this weekend," said Fargo. "We're continuing to learn more and more each game about ourselves and what it takes. I love the group we have can't wait to keep growing together."
The Raiders continue their six-game stretch of games away from Class of 1965 Arena next weekend when they visit Robert Morris for a pair. Friday's game is set for 7 p.m. in Moon Township, Pa.