Women’s Hockey Falls to Wayne State

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Alexi Aberant

Last Friday the Colgate women’s hockey team endured a shutout for the second time this season during the first of a two-game se­ries. The Raiders were defeated by the Wayne State Warriors, 4-0 on Friday evening and 5-3 on Saturday afternoon, leaving them with a 2-4 overall record so far this season.

Throughout the first period, both teams were creating good scoring chances, but found themselves unable to execute. With 4:31 re­maining in the first period, Wayne State’s Ju­lie Hebert put the puck past senior goaltender Lisa Plenderleith to score the first goal of the game. This gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead go­ing into the first intermission. Plenderleith managed to save 10 during the first period.

In the second period, Colgate got on the offensive, taking the majority of shots on net. The Raiders outshot Wayne State 15-7. At the 2:02 mark of the second period, how­ever, the Warriors’ Lauren Ragen was able to take advantage of a power play to score their second goal of the game.

With a two-goal lead at the start of the third period, the Wayne State Warriors went on to score two more goals on the man ad­vantage. Alyssa Baldin scored the third goal of the contest at the 8:35 mark and Gina Bu­quet scored the fourth at the 16:12 mark. This sealed the win for the Wayne State Warriors in the first game of the weekend.

Plenderleith finished the game with 24 saves for Colgate, while Wayne State’s Delayne Brian made 31 saves in three periods of work. Colgate went 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Warriors finished 3-for-8.

Colgate took on the Warriors again the next day, looking to salvage at least a split for the weekend. Despite making an amazing three-goal comeback in the last two periods of the game, however, the Colgate women’s hockey team was not able to put off Wayne State, leaving Colgate with its second loss of the weekend.

At the beginning of the first period, the Warriors took an early lead during a power play goal at the 8:04 mark with a shot by Alyssa Baldin. Wayne State then scored two more within the final five minutes of the first period, giving them a commanding three-goal lead at the end of the first period.

The Colgate Raiders struck back during the second period at the 10:29 mark, as first-year forward Taylor Volpe, assisted by sopho­more forward Brittany Phillips, hammered the puck past the Warriors’ goaltender.

With the momentum provided by the first goal, Colgate made a comeback during the third period to score two unanswered goals at10:43 and 12:34. Phillips scored the second goal of the game off an assist by junior defender Amanda Kirwan. Two minutes later, sophomore forward Jenna Klynstra scored the third goal, assisted by senior forward Hannah Milan. These two goals tied the score at 3-3 half-way through the third period.

In the final minutes of the game, however, Wayne State was able to capitalize on two power plays, allowing the Warriors’ Jill Szan­dik and Julie Ingratta to score two more goals to win the second tilt of the two-game series. This left Colgate defeated again with a final score of 5-3.

The Colgate women’s ice hockey team faces Princeton University tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Princeton, NJ and Quinnipiac Uni­versity in Hamden, CT on Saturday at 4 p.m. These will be the Raiders’ first away games of the season and will mark the start of ECAC Hockey play.