Women’s Ice Hockey Complete First Season Sweep

The women’s ice hockey team ended their losing streak with two exciting wins this weekend. On Friday, Colgate defeated Brown 3-2 in overtime in the annual Autism Awareness Game and then followed up with a 2-1 win over Yale the next day, giving the team its first weekend sweep of the season.

After beginning the night with a ceremonial puck drop by special guest Kati Williams, the game began with a quick first period. Colgate was called for hooking late in the period, giving Brown a man-up opportunity. The Raiders were able to hold off the Bears and keep the game scoreless until early in the second frame.

About a minute later, junior Melissa Kueber scored her fifth goal of the season with help from senior Jocelyn Simpson, giving the Raiders a 1-0 advantage. 10:51 into the second period, Brown was called for tripping, giving the Raiders a power play opportunity that resulted in another point on the scoreboard. Senior Megan Wickens fired a shot towards the net from the right faceoff circle, taking a deflection off a Brown defender and landing in the goal. With a few minutes left in the frame, Brown had a man up advantage after a tripping call on Colgate, ultimately resulting in a goal for the Bears with just one second left in the penalty. After an initial save by sophomore goalie Ashlynne Rando, Brown’s Ariana Rucker came through with the goal, putting the Bears on the scoreboard and making it a 2-1 game.

In the final period, Colgate held the shot advantage over Brown, but this was not enough to rack up another point. Despite having fewer opportunities on the net, the Bears recorded the only goal of the period thanks to Vanessa Welten. As neither team was able to score a game-winning goal, the contest went

into overtime.

With only 45 seconds remaining in overtime, the Raiders worked together to end the game on top. After receiving the puck in the left wing from senior Rachel Walsh, junior Miriam Drubel connected with senior Taylor Volpe, who fired a shot to the back of the net for the win. The Raiders had a successful night supporting a great cause and topping it off with a

3-2 victory.

The following day, the Raiders were back on the ice to face the Yale Bulldogs. After two penalties on Yale in the first period, Colgate was awarded a power play opportunity, allowing Wickens to fire a shot into the goal, giving the Raiders the 1-0 lead.

In the middle frame, the Raiders were yet again the only team to put a point on the scoreboard. With the help of Volpe and junior Taylor Craig, Kueber fired a shot past Yale goalie Jaimie Leonoff, moving the score to 2-0.

After an interference call on Colgate at the end of the second period, Yale began the final frame with a man-up opportunity. The Raiders however managed to hold back the Bulldogs, deflecting their attempts on goal and keeping their 2-0 lead. Colgate quickly turned up their defensive game, coming up with big blocks by Craig, Drubel, sophomore Nicole Gass and Rando, deflecting a huge shot from Yale’s Jackie Raines. With about seven and a half minutes remaining, the Bulldogs scored on a 5-on-3 opportunity, pushing the Raiders to keep up their strong defense in order to hold their lead. First years Cat Quirion and Liz Trautz kept Yale from scoring with two impressive blocks, further denying them any chance of tying the game. Colgate

ultimately finished with a 2-1 win

over Yale.

This coming weekend, Colgate faces No. 6 ranked rival Cornell. They will match up at home on Friday at 7 p.m. and away on Saturday at 4 p.m..