The Colgate Women's Hockey team responded well all night against Mercyhurst en route to a 2-1 win Friday night at Class of 1965 Arena.
The non-conference foes played a defensively involved game for the first 10 minutes or so before the Raiders began to control play. After they trailed in shots for most of the opening frame, Colgate started to fight back and it ended with a lead.
On a gorgeous passing sequence, Malia Schneider fed Delani MacKay on the left wing on a 3-on-2 break. MacKay quickly snapped the puck to the far wing where her twin sister, Eleri MacKay, ripped it home past Laker goalie Kennedy Blair with just over four minutes to play in the frame.
The Raiders ended the frame with a 10-9 edge in shots on goal to go along with the advantage on the scoreboard.
Mercyhurst turned the tides in the game's second period and quickly cashed in on its first power play. Alexa Vasko tipped in a Rachel Marmen shot just four seconds into the woman advantage to knot the game at one early in the frame.
Colgate responded well to the Lakers' goal and shifted momentum back that lasted the rest of the game. With under a minute left to play in the period, Noemi Neubauerova had a dominant shift that ended in a game-winner.
Maggie MacEachern helped push a puck up to the neutral zone, where Neubauerova and Sammy Smigliani went to work. Smigliani eventually fed Neubauerova in the slot, who one timed a shot high under the bar for her second of the year.
The Raiders played a staunch third period and only allowed two shots compared to their 11. Liz Auby also continued with her great start to the campaign and finished with 17 saves for her second win on the year.
- Colgate 2, Mercyhurst 1
Facts & Figures
- MacEachern and Smigliani both picked up their first career point with an assist on Neubauerova's goal.
- MacEachern and Tanner Gates were both +2 to lead Colgate.
- Shelby Wood had three blocked shots to lead the Raiders.
From the Source
Head coach Greg Fargo
- "There were a lot of positives," said Fargo. "Both teams were feeling each other out at the start and they're a good, physical team that's well coached, but overall, I liked our game."
- "I like how we finished the second period, that was an important moment to get the big goal from Nemo and then come up with the following faceoff and end the period on the power play," said Fargo. "That carried right through to the third, which was our best period."
On Nuebauerova's performance:
- "I'm really pleased for her, she had a strong game," said Fargo. "She really took charge in the offensive zone and that's something I love seeing from her. She continues to play well."
The Raiders and Lakers close out their two game set Saturday afternoon back at Class of 1965 Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.