HAMILTON, NY — The Colgate Women's Hockey team fought back and topped Union 5-2 Saturday at Class of 1965 Arena to complete a weekend sweep.
The Raiders didn't get off to the start they were looking for, as the visitors were able to capitalize on a turnover in Colgate's defensive end to take an early 1-0 lead on a Helen Markovic goal. Then, just over 10 minutes later, Markovic found the back of the net again to double the Dutchwomen advantage.
Colgate did not go quietly into the first intermission, as the Raiders' top line went to work. Olivia Zafuto started the scoring play when she sent a cross-ice pass to Shae Labbe in the neutral zone. Labbe entered the zone and was able to send the puck in front from behind the goal line. Malia Schneider was waiting in the slot and banged home her 14th of the season to narrow the deficit going into the first break.
After the late first period goal, the momentum was squarely in Colgate's corner for the second. Just five and a half minutes in, the Raiders went to their first power play and they did not disappoint.
Colgate pinned the Dutchwomen in their own end, before Delani MacKay slid a perfect pass across the high slot to Tanner Gates, who fired it home to the top shelf to even the score. It was the defenseman's fifth of the season.
Seven minutes later, the home side took the lead for good. Gates cleared a puck out of the defensive zone, before Labbe picked it up in the neutral zone. Then, she cut into the zone and got a pass to Schneider, who dove and scored her second of the day.
After three points Friday night, Jessie Eldridge got involved in the scoring in a big way just under five minutes later. Colgate executed a gorgeous passing play in the attacking end between Labbe and Schneider before Eldridge finished for her 23rd on the campaign.
Colgate finished with a 19-4 edge in shots in the second period and it kept on rolling in the third period to close out the perfect weekend. The Raiders held a 14-4 advantage in shots in the third and finished with a 47-13 total.
There were some fireworks in the final frame, as Schneider completed a hat trick when she finished off a feed from Eldridge midway through the period.
Alexa Dobchuk earned her first collegiate win in her first collegiate appearance, as she made 11 saves to pick up the victory.
- #10 Colgate 5, Union 2
Facts & Figures
- The hat trick was the first of Schneider's career.
- Labbe had three assists in a game for the first time in her career.
- Zafuto extended her point streak to nine games.
- Eldridge now has at least one point in seven straight games.
- Eldridge's goal was her 23rd of the season, which puts her just one behind Katie Stewart's '10 single season record of 24.
- The Raiders are now 9-2-1 at Class of 1965 Arena this season.
- This marked Colgate's fifth weekend sweep of the season.
From the Source
Sophomore Forward Malia Schneider
- "We did a lot of work this week on increasing our intensity in practice," said Schneider. "We also worked on just putting the puck in the net and that obviously worked this weekend with nine goals."
On playing with Eldridge and Labbe on the same line:
- "Our chemistry is great," said Schneider. "It helps to play with someone for so long. You know where the other player is going to be, even if they're not talking.
On coming back from a 2-0 deficit:'
- "We knew that we could do it and we always believed in ourselves," said Schneider. "Even when we're down, our energy is still up. We were saying that we knew and believed in ourselves that we could do it."
Colgate hits the road next weekend for a crucial ECAC weekend in the North Country. The two-game set starts Friday when the Raiders face St. Lawrence in Canton with puck drop set for 6 p.m.