HAMILTON— The Colgate Women's Hockey team came out flying on Saturday afternoon at Class of 1965 Arena, but Penn State had the answers.
Senior Shae Labbe lit the lamp just over eight minutes into the game when she took a bouncing puck and beat Nittany Lion netminder Jenna Brenneman to the far side. Tanner Gates helped create the chance by forcing the puck towards the middle of the ice, where Labbe picked it up and finished.
After that, the visitors from Happy Valley notched a pair of goals, including one on the power play midway through the second period to give them a 2-1 lead.
The Raiders were then afforded a great chance when a pair of PSU penalties were called at the same time, which gave Colgate a full 5-on-3 advantage. After missing a few chances, the home side finally converted when Delani MacKay and Jessie Eldridge both had whacks at the puck in front, before it squirted out to Gates, who fired home her first career goal. MacKay's helper also marked her first career point.
Penn State had a swift answer, as they potted one just a minute and a half later to take the lead for good at 3-2. After a deadlocked 18 minutes in the third period, the Nittany Lions put home an empty net goal to seal their 4-2 win and a weekend split.
In her second consecutive start in the Raider net this weekend, senior Julia Vandyk made 19 stops on 22 shots that came her way.
- Penn State 4, #5 Colgate 2
Facts & Figures
- With Delani MacKay and Gates both getting points on Saturday, it means four out of the Raiders' seven freshmen have already gotten their first career points. Nemo Neubauerova and Eleri MacKay both had a point on Friday night.
- Eldridge now leads the Raiders with two points (1 G, 1 A), which keeps her on pace as a near point-per-game player for her career (118 GP: 45 G, 66 A, 111 P)
- Chelsea Jacques was the only Colgate player to finish with a positive rating at +1. She now leads the team with a +2 rating on the season.
'Gate Grab Bag
Final attendance at Class of 1965 Arena was 374.
From the Source
Head Coach Greg Fargo
"Similar to last night, there were a lot of things that went well for us tonight," said Fargo. "I was really pleased with how we looked defensively and our ability to get some stops and get back on offense."
"We're just going to keep building," said Fargo. "There's a lot to build on, regardless of the result. That's our mindset, we're just going to keep getting better.""We still need to find out a little bit about who we are and what's going to be our identity as a team," said Fargo. "We're still going through some of our personnel and letting our younger players get their feet wet before we settle in on anything. That process is ugly and there's going to be ups and downs, but I'm excited to get back to work on Monday."
"What's great is we certainly have confidence in Tanner, but she also has a lot of confidence in herself," said Fargo. "She's a kid that is understanding how to play without the puck and with it, she's making plays. She's a part of the offense any chance she gets and we love that. We want to be a team that has all five people involved and she certainly helps that case."
The Raiders hit the road for the first time this season next weekend to Columbus, Ohio. They'll take on the Ohio State Buckeyes for a pair with game one on Friday night. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m.