Women’s Hockey Splits Weekend Play

Alexi Aberant

Colgate women’s hockey had a mixed week­end, defeating Connecticut, 5-3, and falling to No. 10 Providence, 2-1, in overtime.

The first goal of the game came three minutes into the opening period, scored by Connecticut’s Brittany Murphy and assisted by Kelly Horan. Six minutes later, however, the Raiders fired back with a goal by first-year forward Jocelyn Simp­son who slid the puck past Huskies goaltender Alexandra Garcia. Simpson’s first collegiate goal tied the score at one. The goal came off an as­sist by sophomores Jordan Brickner and Jessica Hootz. Two minutes later, Colgate took the lead with senior forward Hannah Milan’s first goal of the season.

Midway through the second period, the Raid­ers continued their scoring streak with a tally by Hootz on a second power play. Hootz took a slap shot at the top of the circle that whistled past Garcia’s glove. Simpson and Brickner assisted on the goal. For the remainder of the second period, both squads tried and failed to score. In the third period, however, Connecticut’s Jennifer Chais­son scored an unassisted goal, cutting Colgate’s lead to 3-2. The Raiders quickly retaliated when sophomore forward Jenna Klynstra scored her first goal of the season, giving Colgate a two-goal cushion by making the game 4-2.

With 1:43 remaining on the clock, Connecti­cut scored another goal, closing in on the gap to make it 4-3. But in no time, senior forward Jacquie Colborne scored an empty-net goal with only seconds remaining on the clock, to seal the win for the Raiders.

This was the Raiders’ second consecutive win against the Huskies. Junior goalkeeper Kimberly Sass stopped 27 out of 30 shots faced.

The Raiders faced the No. 10 Providence Fri­ars last Saturday afternoon. This time, Colgate was defeated, despite outplaying and outshoot­ing Providence throughout the contest. Af­ter scoring the game-tying goal in the waning minutes of the third period, the Friars scored once again in the overtime period, handing the Raiders a heartbreaking defeat, 2-1. First-year forward Rachel Walsh scored her first collegiate goal in the defeat.

Colgate will next take the ice this upcoming weekend when they host Wayne State University for a two-game series. Friday’s contest is slated for a 7 p.m. start. Saturday’s will begin at 2 p.m.