The Colgate Women's Hockey team was topped by reigning national runner-up Minnesota 2-0 Friday night at Ridder Arena.
The Raiders had a tough time coming out of the gates in the first period. Minnesota outshot Colgate by a 13-6 margin that included the game's first goal. Madeline Wethington got the Golden Gophers on the board just past the halfway point of the frame when she took a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot that was deflected past starting goalie Liz Auby.
Auby was sharp otherwise in the stanza, as she stopped the other dozen shots that she faced to keep the Raiders in the game heading into the first intermission.
The Golden Gophers continued to carry the play in the second period. The home side registered 16 shots compared to Colgate's six, as Auby continued her stellar evening between the pipes. The Raiders almost escaped with just a one goal deficit, but Sarah Potomak found the back of the net with just over a minute left in the frame to double up the Golden Gopher advantage.
Colgate was not able to muster much offensively in the final period as well. Minnesota held the Raiders to just two shots on net, but the visitors did have a few good chances in the closing minutes that went just wide.
Auby's strong night ended in 34 saves on 36 shots, but she took the loss to end her unbeaten streak at eight games.
- #2 Minnesota 2, Colgate 0
Facts & Figures
- Auby's 36 saves were just two shy of her career high of 38 that was set last October against Ohio State.
- Delani MacKay led the Raiders with three shots on net.
- Shelby Wood had four blocked shots to lead all skaters.
From the Source
Head coach Greg Fargo
- "We walked into a really good opponent tonight," said Fargo. "They are as advertised and they were ready for us. There were a lot of good moments for us overall. Most of our play without the puck was good, but tonight we weren't quite able settle into our game completely."
- "It's a good game for us to learn from, but we came for a better result" said Fargo. "We'll continue to grab territory and learn and progress and we'll come back better because of it. We have a group that's really eager and I know we'll respond well."
- "We gave them too much instead of imposing our game on them," said Fargo. "It's a measuring stick type of series for us. It provides a unique opportunity for us to look at what we did well and look at the areas we need to improve and get better."
On Auby's play:
- "She came up big for us tonight," said Fargo. "She had some real timely saves, she held strong when we needed her. She was there for us all night and she gave us a chance to win and that's all you can ask."
Colgate wraps the weekend series with the Golden Gophers Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena. Puck drop is set for 4:07 p.m. CT.