Women’s Ice Hockey Sweeps Weekend Series

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Colgate Women’s Hockey celebrated its first-ever alumna weekend celebration, honoring the founders of the program.

Jack Breitowich, Maroon-News Staff

The Colgate Women’s Ice Hockey team was back on home ice this past weekend, October 26 and 27, after being away for three weeks. The #9 nationally-ranked Raiders kicked off the weekend against ECAC rival, Dartmouth College.

This was a special weekend for Colgate Women’s Ice Hockey, as current players and staff welcomed former athletes back to campus for the program’s first ever alumna weekend. The Raiders got off to an early start with a power play goal in the first period by first-year forward Delani Mackay, assisted by senior forward and captain Shae Labbe and senior defense-woman Olivia Zafuto. The Raiders ended the first period leading Dartmouth 1-0.

Thirteen minutes into the second period, the Raiders scored their second goal of the game on the power play. Sophomore forward Malia Schneider got the deflection in front of the net with the slap shot coming from sophomore forward Coralie Larose. First year Rosalie Demers also picked up an assist on the Raiders’ second goal. Three minutes later, the Raiders picked up their third goal of the game, which was a career first for Demers. The goal was unassisted. The Raiders ended the second period leading Dartmouth 3-0.

One minute into the third period, the Raiders gained a 4-0 lead after another goal by Larose. This was Larose’s eighth point of the season, surpassing her point total of seven from last season. Demers picked up an assist on the goal giving her her third point of the night, while first-year Tanner Gates also picked up an assist on the goal.

With a little over ten minutes left in the game, Zafuto scored a power play goal making it 5-0. Shae Labbe and Nemo Neubauerova picked up assists on the goal.

With five minutes left in the game, Eldridge fired one past the Dartmouth goal- ie with assists from Schneider and Neubauerova, making the game a 6-0 landslide in favor of the Raiders.

Colgate finished the game cleanly, solidifying an emphatic six-goal domination of Dartmouth. Junior goaltender Liz Auby picked up the shutout for the Raiders while Demers was the game leader with three points, including her first ever Colgate goal. The Raiders improved their record to 4-3-0.

Less than 24 hours after their dominating win over Dartmouth, the Raiders faced Harvard in an afternoon showdown on the 27th. The goalies were the story of the game, with each goaltender making crucial saves to keep their team in the game.

After a forty-minute stalemate, four minutes into the third period, Schneider teed up a pass for Eldridge, who one- timed the puck past the Harvard goalie for the game’s one goal. Harvard pulled their goalie with a minute left in the game hoping the extra attacker would lead to a game tying score, but senior goaltender Julia Vandyk shut them down. The Raiders finished the game with a 1-0 win over Harvard, with Vandyk making 30 saves for the shutout. Colgate Women’s Ice Hockey finished their weekend sweep with seven goals between the two games and zero goals against, improving their record to 5-3-0.

The Raiders next play Brown University in Rhode Island at 6:00 P.M. EST on November 3. The Raiders then travel to New Haven, Connecticut to play the Yale University Bulldogs at 3:00 P.M. EST.

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