COLUMBUS, OHIO – A pair of Frozen Four teams took to the ice on Friday night at Ohio State Ice Rink and they did not disappoint.
The Colgate Women's Hockey team, who reached the national title game last year, traded blows all night with Ohio State, but it was the Buckeyes that prevailed in the end.
After OSU unveiled their 2018 Frozen Four banner from their run to the national semifinal, it was the Raiders that silenced the crowd quickly. It looked as if they got on the board midway through the first period when Shae Labbe ripped a shot towards goal that deflected up in the air. Coralie Larose and Bailey Larson both had whacks at the airborne puck, but it just stayed out. Video review confirmed the decision.
That did not deter Labbe and the Raiders, as that trio was involved just a few minutes later on a goalmouth scramble. The puck puck bounded around before Labbe stuffed it home for her second on the campaign.
In a trend that was recurring throughout most of the night, the Raider lead was not held for long. Tatum Skaggs beat Raider netminder Julia Vandyk just over a minute and a half later to deadlock the game at one.
Colgate responded in turn two minutes later when Larose sent a long outlet pass to a loose Larson, who bested Buckeye goalie Amanda Zeglen with a wicked wrist shot.
That lead was short lived, as Jessie Eldridge scored a goal that can be described as unbelievable. She picked a defender's pocket in the defensive zone and toe-dragged around another defender, then she finished top shelf to even the game at three.
The Raiders were flying in the third period with 15 shots on goal, but Zeglen stood her ground, including a power play onslaught in the final two minutes of play.
- #5 Ohio State 4, #8 Colgate
- The two point game was Larson's 22nd career multi-point game, while it was Larose's first ever.
- Friday marked the first time on the season that the Raiders have not scored on the power play. They finished 0-4.
- With Eldridge's goal, she maintained her point-per-game average through the opening three games of the season.
Head Coach Greg Fargo
"It was a really fun game to be a part of," said Fargo. "Those were two really good teams that played tonight and it was a fast hockey game. A lot of plays to be made and a lot of goals and that's always a lot of fun to be part of a game like that."
"We're going to play really good teams in the league throughout the year and to play another quality opponent out of conference is a good experience," said Fargo. "We got to see some things out of our group that we haven't seen yet. I keep on saying it, but we learn more and more about our group every week and there's a lot to like about our game tonight. It's a sign of good things to come."
"She came up for us when we needed her tonight," said Fargo. "That's the book on her, she makes the right save at the right time. She's played that way her whole career and that was the case again tonight. She gives us a chance to win."
"In terms of Xs and Os, there isn't much to change," said Fargo. "We'll certainly look at the game and find ways to get better, but playing a full 60-minute game is the goal right now."
The Raiders and Buckeyes will square off again on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the series. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.