CANTON, N.Y.—Malia Schneider's late third period goal nearly earned the Colgate Women's Hockey team a victory, as they tied St. Lawrence 2-2 Friday night at Appleton Arena.
After a stalemate in the game's opening 15 minutes, the Raiders' all-time leader in NCAA Division I scoring, Jessie Eldridge, needed just a bit of room to put the visitors on top.
While in the defensive end, Eldridge blocked a Saint shot, which then caromed forward. The senior was the first to it and broke in on a 2-on-1 with Shae Labbe.
With the passing option defended, Eldridge ripped a wrist shot that clanked off the crossbar and in for her 24th of the season.
The goal was an historic one, as it tied Katie Stewart '10 for the program record for goals in a season.
Raider starting goalie Julia Vandyk stayed busy in the opening frame. The senior stopped all 16 shots she saw including a sliding save to her right from point blank with time winding down.
Vandyk continued her stellar evening in the second period, but it was an odd bounce that eventually got past her to tie the score 1-1. With the Saints shorthanded, Labbe tracked down Maggie McLaughlin, who was on a breakaway and broke up the play. The puck deflected off the players and slipped into the net to even the score midway through the frame.
The third period turned out to be a tight battle, as chances were few and far between, but the Raiders were able to break through again.
With under four minutes to play, a broken play in the offensive zone ended up on Labbe's stick. She flipped a saucer pass to the left faceoff circle to Schneider, who one-timed a rocket past St. Lawrence goalie Grace Harrison to give Colgate the lead.
Not long after Schneider's tally, the Raiders went on the penalty kill and the Saints converted with just 1:18 left in the game to send the contest into overtime.
Both teams had chances in the extra session, but the game ultimately ended deadlocked.
- #10 Colgate 2, St. Lawrence 2
Facts & Figures
- Vandyk finished the night with 34 saves.
- Zafuto extended her point streak to ten games, which ties a career high that she set last season.
- Eldridge now has at least one point in eight straight games.
- Colgate is now 7-6-4 on the road.
- Eldridge was a +2 on the evening, which boosted her season rating to a team-best +23.
Colgate completes the North Country weekend Saturday when it takes on #4 Clarkson in Potsdam. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.