SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The Colgate Women’s Hockey team had the answers on Thursday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion on the way to a 5-2 victory over Syracuse.
After giving up the game’s first goal on a long range slap shot that went through a heavy screen, the Raiders responded in a big way in the game’s opening period.
The Orange had the ice breaker just over four minutes in, but it took the Raiders just over a minute to even the score on the power play. Eleri MacKay and Shae Labbe orchestrated an offensive zone entry, then dished to Delani MacKay, who finished for her third on the campaign. After that, the Raiders got rolling.
Colgate carried play throughout the rest of the period, but weren’t able to break through again until late in the frame when Nemo Neubauerova got red hot in the blink of an eye. The freshman was the beneficiary of a good bounce when Eleri MacKay directed a loose puck towards the slot, where Neubauerova was waiting to slam it home.
Just 59 seconds later, Neubauerova was at it again. Just like her first of the evening, Eleri MacKay worked a puck to the middle of the ice, where Neubauerova came swooping in to bang it home.
In the Raider net, Julia Vandyk made her third straight start and continued her consistent play. She was perfect on all 10 Orange shots she saw in the second period to keep the Colgate lead at 3-1.
Syracuse was able to break through early in the third period on an odd bounce, but the Raiders had yet another response.
Just a minute and a half after the Orange’s goal, Jessie Eldridge had a shot to remember on the power play. She took a pass along the goal line from Rosalie Demers and fired a wrist shot from an extreme angle that tucked under the bar for her team-leading 11th of the season.
Eldridge found the back of the net again late in the third period when the Orange pulled its netminder. After taking a pass from Malia Schneider deep in the defensive end, Eldridge crossed the red line and deposited the puck home to seal the win.
· #10 Colgate 5, Syracuse 2
Facts & Figures
· The two goal game was the first of Neubauerova’s career.
· Eldridge’s two goal effort was her third of the season and the 11th of her career at Colgate.
· Eleri MacKay finished with a career-high three-point game with all three coming in the first period.
· Caroline Ross was credited with an assist on Neubauerova’s first goal, which was the junior’s first point as a Raider. She previously had 17 points in two seasons with Boston College.
· The Raiders are now unbeaten in their last 69 games when leading after two periods. They’ve also won 38 straight games when leading after 40 minutes.
· Colgate is now unbeaten (5-0-2) in the past seven meetings with the Orange.
· Eldridge is now in the midst of a four-game point streak.
From the Source
Freshman Forward Nemo Neubauerova
· “We can definitely play better,” said Neubauerova. “But every win is a good win.”
On playing on a line with fellow freshmen Eleri MacKay and Delani MacKay:
· “Our chemistry is pretty good,” said Neubauerova. “Since we’re all freshman, we’re all in the same shoes and we’ve got nothing to lose, so we just go for it.”
On Saturday’s rematch against the Orange:
· “We just need to play more as a team and less as individuals,” said Neubauerova.
The Raiders complete their home-and-home with Syracuse and also complete their 2018 portion of the season Saturday at Class of 1965 Arena. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.