Women’s Hockey Splits ECAC Opening Weekend

The Colgate women’s hockey team played the Princeton Tigers and the Quin­nipiac Bobcats in its first conference games of the season. The Raiders fell to Princeton 2-0 Friday night at Hobey Baker Memorial Rink, but then bounced back the follow­ing afternoon by defeating the Bobcats 2-1 in overtime.

The Raiders now hold a 1-1 record in the ECAC and moved to 3-5 overall.

Despite aggressive play by both Colgate and Princeton, neither could get around the other’s goaltender to put the puck in the net. The two teams together took 23 shots on net through the first 20 minutes of play but found no scoring success.

Approximately 6:23 into the second pe­riod, however, Princeton got on the board first when Sally Buffer found the back of the net.

The Tigers scored again eight minutes later when Deanna Laing beat junior goal­tender Kimberly Sass to give Princeton a 2-0 lead going into the final period.

Although Colgate continued to search for a goal in the third period, they could not get the puck past Princeton’s Cassie Seguin.

Despite their frustration, the Raiders continued to play aggressively, bringing the puck up the ice. Even with several close attempts, however, ‘Gate was unsuc­cessful in securing a goal in the final min­utes. All of these struggles led to Colgate’s first league setback of the season.

By the time the final buzzer sounded, Sass had recorded 26 saves in the game, 15 in the first period; while Seguin made 23 for Princeton in the shutout.

During the first period of Saturday’s game against Quinnipiac, Colgate was the first to get on the scoreboard, putting the biscuit in the basket at the 11:39 mark. The first goal of the game was tallied by sophomore forward Jenna Klynstra when she quickly snuck the puck past the Bob­cats’ Victoria Vigilanti. Klynstra was as­sisted by senior forward Hannah Milan and the goal gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of play.

Colgate held its 1-0 lead throughout the second period. Eight minutes into the third period, however, Quinnipiac’s Kristen Eklund connected with Elena Or­lando, giving Orlando the opportunity to shoot on goal and tie the game at 1-1.

Throughout the remainder of the third period, the Raiders continued to attack the Bobcats’ net, out-shooting them 14-8. Unfortunately, they were unable to get the goal needed to end the game in regulation time.

The team carried its momentum and intensity into the overtime period. The Raiders were quickly rewarded, scoring the goal needed to win the game just a minute and a half into overtime.

Senior forward Jessi Waters knocked it past Vigilanti to score the game-winner for the Raiders. She was assisted by a quick pass from Klynstra.

Senior goaltender Lisa Plenderleith made 20 saves for Colgate in the contest.

This coming weekend, the Raiders will continue ECAC Hockey play as they re­turn to Starr Rink to host the Dartmouth Big Green on Friday and the Harvard Crimson on Saturday.

Friday’s contest will begin at 7 p.m. while Saturday’s competition is slated for a 4 p.m. start.