Women’s Hockey Gets Tangled Against Ivy League

Women’s hockey struggled to secure a win this weekend as they tied Yale in an overtime tilt 1-1 in New Haven, CT, and fell to Brown in a 3-2 decision in Provi­dence, R.I. on Saturday. Friday night’s game marked the team’s fourth overtime contest of the season.

Against Yale, the first period started slowly as both teams scoped out the com­petition and attempted to poke holes in the defense. Only 2:27 into play, Colgate gained a power play opportunity but was unable to capitalize despite the handful of scoring opportunities that they found with the extra skater. Both teams started to heat up as the frame went on, both hungry to score the opening shot of the tilt. At 16:54, the Raiders found themselves in perfect po­sition to score, and first-year forward Melis­sa Kueber hit the back of the net with help from sophomore forward Jocelyn Simpson and junior forward Jenna Klynstra.

With the 1-0 lead going into the second frame, the Raiders pushed Yale to com­pete, and they did. The Bulldogs came out with an explosive start, scoring only 67 seconds into the period to tie the game at one each. The teams traded posession several times before Colgate found their second extra-skater opportunity in the 12th minute. They were again unable to capitalize on the advantage thanks to a fierce Yale defense. The Bulldogs and Raiders accumulated 24 shots on goal in the 20-minute period but neither were able to post a goal. Colgate held an 18-6 shooting advantage.

Skates blazing, the teams entered the third period with more intensity, which was reflected in the sheer physicality of play. The Bulldogs were clearly the more desperate team, with each of the period’s four penalty calls going against Yale. Col­gate found itself with back-to-back pow­er play opportunities at the 7:25 mark, lasting until the 10:53 mark, but could not take the lead. Once again, the teams skated off the ice without having scored in the frame.

The overtime period showcased peak intensity for both squads. Even so, only three shots were taken on goal between the two teams, and neither was able to score. The game resulted in a 1-1 tie.

Senior goalie Kimberly Sass recorded 32 saves in the game, while Colgate was held scoreless on five power play opportunities.

Worn and weary, the Colgate team went into Saturday’s tilt against Brown de­termined but tired. They grabbed an early lead with a goal just 20 seconds into the first frame of the competition. Klynstra came up big, winning the opening faceoff and passed off to Kueber, who then fired it to the back of the net for the first tally. The momentum carried through the first seven minutes of the period as the Raiders earned their first power play opportunity but were unable to extend the lead.

Suddenly the tables were turned on Colgate as Brown earned their first ex­tra skater advantage. They were unable to capitalize during that time, but they upped the intensity significantly. Both teams continued to search for the perfect scoring opportunity, and at 18:01 the Bears found it and tied the game 1-1.

Brown carried their momentum into the second frame and eventually scored a second goal at the 10:53 mark. The goal sparked Colgate’s fight and the Raid­ers fired a series of shots on net to put pressure on the Brown goalie. They were finally successful when Phillips hit the back of the net and the game was tied at two apiece.

The tie did not last long, however, and thirty seconds later Brown scored a third goal at the 15:17 mark on a power play opportunity, and the game was lost for the Raiders.

Sass recorded 26 saves in the game. Colgate went scoreless on four separate power play opportunities while the Bears scored on only one of their own.

The Raiders will end the regular season next week when St. Lawrence and Clark­son visit Hamilton on Friday at 7 p.m. and the next afternoon at 4 p.m., respectively.

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