On January 30, the women’s hockey team hosted Rensselaer at Starr Rink. Coming off a 2-0 win against Dartmouth last week, the Raiders continued their winning streak with a 4-2 win over Rensselaer. Senior Miriam Drubel scored Colgate’s first goal with 4:46 remaining in the period, shortly followed by another goal by freshman Megan Sullivan clocking in at 17:17 in the first.
The Engineers responded after they fell behind in the first period, putting one in the back of the net at the 8:58 mark of the second period. On a questionable play where the Raiders’ net came off its posts, the Engineers might have tallied another goal seconds before their first registered goal.
With the Raiders leading 2-1, Colgate essentially secured their victory over Renneselaer by notching two more goals before the second period was over. The goals came from senior Melissa Keuber – off a rebound that senior defender Katie Case shot – and from first-year Breanne Wilson-Bennett with an assist from sophomore Kayla Haus.
The opponent was able to score a quick power-play goal with a shot registered at the right circle only 2:19 remaining in the game but was not able to tie it up before the final buzzer.
“Our win against Rensselaer was an entire team effort and it gave us two crucial points at this time in the season. Overall, our team executed our systems, worked hard and as a result, got the job done,” first-year Kaila Pinkney said.
The Raiders finished their weekend hosting Union at Starr Rink on January 31. The Raiders tied the game 2-2. This is the team’s first tie of the season. 8:30 into the second period, Keuber scored her seventh goal of the season and first of the game.
With three minutes remaining in the second, the opponent impressively scored twice, moving the game score to 1-2 going into the third. However, a mere 16 seconds into the final frame, junior Nicole Gass tied the game at 2-2. With neither team able to score in the last 16 seconds of play, the game went into a heated overtime.
“Overall we did a good job and hung in there. We challenged the group in between periods to fight back being that we weren’t quite at the level we needed to be at or even where we were yesterday. We showed good fight in the third, got a big power play goal when we needed it and ended up walking away with a point,” Head Coach Greg
Neither team was able to score in overtime and the game remained tied. Colgate shifts to a 7-19-1 overall and 4-10-1 in the ECAC Hockey rankings.
The girls have six weeks left in their season before the ECAC Hockey Tournament kicks off.
“Because of last year’s injury, this is my first season playing as a Raider. My goal for the rest of the season is to tally some points, while continuing to play an aggressive fore checking game,” sophomore Meghan Brennan said.
“I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by such an amazing coaching staff and team who push me to get better each and every day.”
The Raiders will face-off against Cornell on February 3 at 7 p.m. in Starr Rink.