Women’s Hockey Suffers Two Losses at Wayne State

Women's Hockey Suffers Two Losses at Wayne State

Women’s Hockey Suffers Two Losses at Wayne State

Rebecca Silberman

The Colgate women’s hockey team lost two games against Wayne State University last week, dropping 4-3 and 1-0 contests, the latter in overtime.

On Friday, senior forward Beth Rotenberg, sophomore defender Amanda Kirwan and first-year forward Brittany Phillps scored Colgate’s goals. Rotenberg opened scoring in the second period with a nifty move on the Wayne State goaltender, deking the keeper out of her skates by going inside to outside and then firing a snap shot outside the crease at 5:16. Wayne State’s Gina Buquet answered with a goal at 15:39, but Kirwan responded with an unassisted goal after a Wayne State defender coughed up the puck to her right in front of the goal just over two minutes later.

The third period was owned by Wayne State, however. Three Warriors scored goals, giving Wayne State a 4-2 advantage. Colgate did gain a rare 6-on-3 power play advantage and capitalized late when Phillips scored with 26 seconds left. Time ran out on the Raiders, though, and the game ended in Wayne State’s favor.

The following afternoon was starkly different from the previous night. Colgate attempted eight shots in the first period. As each was deflected by the opposing goalie, tensions mounted. In the second period, sophomore goalie Lisa Plenderleith deflected 13 shots and the Raiders were denied seven score attempts on Wayne State. The game remained scoreless in the third quarter, until Colgate junior Hannah Milan slipped the puck past the Wayne State goaltender. The goal, however, was not counted due to a high-sticking call against the Raiders.

Later in the third period, Wayne State received their own discounted goal as one of their players left the penalty box and broke away, scoring. The officials eventually concluded that the play did not count, and the score remained still tied at zero.

“We just stayed calm on the bench and in the locker room in between periods,” Plenderleith said of how her team kept themselves sharp despite the intensity of the situation. “We never got too high or too low, even after the two disallowed goals. We knew that it would take an ugly goal or a garbage goal to win the game, so we just tried to throw everything we had at them to try and score.”

With the end of regulation play, both teams geared up for what would prove to be a very short overtime competition. 13 seconds into overtime,Wayne State sophomore forward Veronique Laramee-Paquette deflected her teammate’s slap shot for the only goal of the contest.

One highlight of the game was junior goaltender Lisa Plenderleith’s standout performance; she tied her season high with 30 saves in the game.

“Lisa kept our team in the game on Saturday,” senior tri-captain Marissa Dombovy-Johnson said. “She made some amazing saves early in the first period that allowed us to take the momentum away.”

Colgate will begin ECAC play when they take on Harvard on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Dartmouth on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Starr Rink. Last season, Colgate finished sixth in the ECAC and lost two games to one in the quarterfinal round to Dartmouth.