Colgate beats Harvard, forces game three

Colgate beats Harvard, forces game three

HAMILTON, NY—After losing Friday night in game one of the ECAC quarterfinals, the Colgate Women's Hockey team kept its season alive Saturday afternoon at Class of 1965 Arena with a 4-2 victory over Harvard.

The Raiders came out with life in the first period and they were rewarded. While skating 4-on-4 midway through the frame, ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year finalist Tanner Gates showed off some skill. Just as Olivia Zafuto returned to the ice for a power play, Gates dangled around a defender and took a shot that was stopped by Harvard goalie Lindsay Reed. The rebound went right back to Gates, who finished for her seventh of the year. Shelby Wood and Delani MacKay picked up assists on the play.

The score stayed the same through the opening frame with Colgate in front in shots on goal by an 11-7 margin.

A rabid pace continued in the second period between the two teams and 4-on-4 play proved to be costly…this time for the Raiders.

After winning a defensive zone draw, Dominique Petrie eventually scored on the other end past Raider goalie Julia Vandyk to tie it up late in the frame. Not deterred, Colgate had a response.

Just after the 4-on-4 had ended, Zafuto held the puck in the offensive zone and made magic happen. She had a few slick moves to get in a tight shooting position, then ripped one on Reed. The freshman goalie made the original stop, but the rebound trickled towards the goal line, where Delani MacKay came in and tapped it home.

Colgate's talented freshmen kept the Raiders' momentum alive once the third period got started, as Delani's identical twin, Eleri MacKay, found the back of the net in a very strange way. Just under five minutes into the frame, MacKay looked to dump the puck in from the neutral zone off a pass from Rosalie Demers. The shot skipped a couple feet in front of Reed and jumped past her.

The Raiders kept rolling afterwards and Zafuto had a highlight reel goal to show for it. After she retrieved a Harvard clear in the neutral zone, she walked a pair of defenders and deked around Reed to score on her backhand.

The tally also marked the 100th career point for Zafuto. Already the program's all-time leader in scoring by a defenseman, she is the only Raider defender in history to reach the milestone.

Harvard had an answer, as it scored on the power play with just under two minutes to play, but Colgate still prevailed by a 4-2 final to force a decisive game three.

Bottom Line

  • #9 Colgate 4, Harvard 2

Facts & Figures  

  • Zafuto is the third player this season to reach 100 career points. Shae Labbe and Bailey Larson also completed the feat earlier this winter.
  • Wood led all players with five blocked shots.
  • Delani MacKay's multiple point game was the first of her career. 
  • The victory marked the 100th of the current senior class, which is the most in program history.

Up Next
The Raiders and Crimson meet Sunday at 3 p.m. at Class of 1965 Arena in a do-or-die game three for a spot in the ECAC semifinals.