Darcie Lappan netted her first career goal, but the Colgate Women’s Hockey team could not lock down a victory, as they tied Mercyhurst 3-3 at Class of 1965 Arena Saturday afternoon.
Colgate built on its momentum from the day before and they cashed in early in the opening frame. Tanner Gates made a nice play at the point to hold the puck in as the Lakers looked to clear. Gates worked it to Delani MacKay, who then sent a pass towards the goal line to her twin sister, Eleri MacKay. Eleri made a return pass to the slot where Delani jammed it home for her first of the season.
On the other end of the ice, Liz Auby was stellar, as she stopped all 11 shots she saw to maintain the 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The Raiders kept it rolling when the game resumed and they took a two goal advantage just a couple minutes in on a highlight reel finish. Gates got the puck to Danielle Serdachny, who entered the zone from the right side. She showed patience, then slid a pass to Coralie Larose on the far side, who one-timed it past Laker goalie Kennedy Blair.
Mercyhurst turned the tides not long after and tallied a pair of quick markers just over two minutes apart to knot the game at two.
The teams went back and forth for the rest of the period, but Colgate was able to take a lead into the third thanks to Lappan. The freshman entered the zone alone and dipped her way into a shooting space, then beat Blair to the far side for her first career goal.
Shelby Wood and Noemi Neubauerova notched assists on the play.
The Lakers found their skating legs again in the third period and were able to tie it up midway through the frame on Megan Korzack’s goal.
Colgate had a big penalty kill with less than two minutes to play in regulation to force the game into extra time. The Raiders controlled play in the overtime period with a 5-2 advantage in shots, but could not find the winner.
· Colgate 3, Mercyhurst 3
Facts & Figures
· Neubauerova and both MacKay twins had a point in both games on the weekend.
· Auby finished the weekend with 51 saves on 55 shots.
· Taylor Kirwan’s four blocked shots led Colgate.
From the Source
Head coach Greg Fargo
· “We leave here feeling like we missed an opportunity tonight,” said Fargo. “Anytime you build a lead like we had, there is only one result that feels right. Giving them life after we got a 2-0 lead is something we need to learn from. That is when we want to ensure our gameplay gets even stronger and our details are on point.”
· “With every game, we’re gaining experience,” said Fargo. “Even thinking about what we’ve learned here in the first five games, these are all good experiences as long as we continue to hold on to the ground that we take.”
· “The exciting thing about this team is that anybody can have an impact at any time,” said Fargo. “We’re just scratching the surface on what we can be.”
· “Not playing games next weekend provides us an opportunity to really take a deeper dive into our game,” said Fargo. “The feeling out process is past us now. We’re five games in and there are areas of our game that we haven’t even touched on, so that’s what we’ll do. I’m looking forward to it getting back to work with our group we have, it’s a fun team to be with.”
The Raiders have a week away from game action before they hit the ice Oct. 18 back at Class of 1965 Arena against intrastate rival Syracuse. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m.