By Scott Kinvile/315 Hockey.
The number three ranked Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team will host the sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday afternoon in a one-game winner take all NCAA Semifinal matchup. Both Head Coaches know they have a major challenge on their hands.
“The one thing that really stands out about their game is it’s just how dangerous they are off the rush offensively”, Colgate Head Coach Greg Fargo said about the Badgers. “They are really deep up front, they have a lot of skilled sticks and their forwards. They have a D that loves to get the puck to their forwards as quickly as possible. that’s something that has been pretty consistent for them in terms of how they score their goals and something that our team is going to have to be really cognizant of tomorrow when we play them”.
Wisconsin Head Coach Mark Johnson had a very lofty comparison when speaking about his opponent on Saturday.
“There are probably more similarities with Ohio State that I see from a structure standpoint of how they play and what they’re trying to do and how they go about managing their game”, Johnson observed as a team comparable to Colgate. “The team we’re playing tomorrow (Colgate), obviously had a great season and they’ve got high-level players. They’ve got good goaltending and are deep on defense. They’re a confident group and you’re playing them in their building, so there’s a lot of things that you have to be concerned about”.
The Raiders are coming off their third consecutive ECAC Tournament Championship and as the third seed in the tournament earned a first-round bye. Wisconsin received an at-large bid to the NCAA and is coming off of a 9-1 drubbing of LIU in the opening round of the tournament on Thursday night played at the Clss of 1965 Arena. The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the Frozen Four to be played at the AMSOlL Arena in Duluth, Minnesota, while the loser will see their season come to an end.
The Raiders and Badgers are no strangers to tough competition, as both teams play in two of the toughest conferences in the country. The ECAC boasts not only the third-ranked Raiders, but also fourth-ranked Yale, eighth-ranked Quinnipiac, ninth-ranked Clarkson, and fourteenth-ranked Cornell. Wisconsin runs the gauntlet of the WCHA, which has number one Ohio State, number two Minnesota, number seven Minnesota-Duluth, and number thirteen St. Cloud State.
The most important game of the season awaits the Colgate Raiders and Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday afternoon, let’s take a look at how the teams match up against each other.
Colgate Raiders Team Records
- Overall Record: 32-5-2.
- ECAC Record: 18-3-1.
- Home Record: 16-2-1.
- Goal Differential: +97.
Wisconsin Badgers Team Records
- Overall Records: 25-10-2.
- WCHA Record: 19-7-2.
- Away Record: 12-6-1.
- Goal Differential: +98.
Colgate Raiders Team Offense
- Goals For: 162.
- Goals Per Game: 4.15 (4th in Division I).
- Shots: 1,407.
- Shots Per Game: 36.1.
- Power Play: 27.5% (38 for 138 – 3rd in Division I).
Wisconsin Badgers Team Offense
- Goals For: 161.
- Goals Per Game: 4.24 (2nd in Division I).
- Shots: 1,544.
- Shots Per Game: 40.6.
- Power Play: 18.0% (20 for 111 – 19th in Division I).
Colgate Raiders Top Five Scorers + Individual Leaders
1.) Danielle Serdachny: 25 goals + 45 assists = 70 points. Serdachny is 1st in Division I in points and assists and tied for 4th in goals.
2.) Kalty Kaltounková: 23 goals + 33 assists = 56 points. Kaltounková is 5th in Division I in points and tied for 6th in goals and assists.
3.) Kaitlyn O’Donohoe: 19 goals + 24 assists = 43 points. O’Donohoe is tied for 24th in Division I in goals, 26th in points, tied for 28th in assists, and tied for 3rd in power-play goals.
4.) Elyssa Biederman: 17 goals + 21 assists = 38 points.
5.) Dara Greig: 20 goals + 17 assists = 37 points. Greig is for 20th in Division I in goals.
- Shots Leader: Danielle Serdachny with 169.
- Power Play Goals Leader: Kalty Kaltounková with nine. Kaltounková leads Division I in power-play goals.
- Game Winning Goals Leader: Danielle Serdachny with six.
- +/- Leader: Maggie MacEachern at +36.
Wisconsin Badgers Top Five Scorers + Individual Leaders
1.) Casey O’Brien: 18 goals + 28 assists = 46 points. O’Brien is tied for 18th in Division I in points and assists and tied for 31st in goals.
2.) Lacey Eden: 17 goals + 23 assists = 40 points. Eden is tied for 32nd in Division I in points.
3.) Britta Curl: 19 goals + 21 assists = 40 points. Curl is tied for 24th in Division I in goals and tied for 32nd in points.
4.) Jesse Compher: 16 goals + 22 assists = 38 points.
5.) Caroline Harvey: 12 goals + 26 assists = 38 points.
- Shots Leader: Casey O’Brien with 171.
- Power Play Goals Leaders: Britta Curl and Nicole LaMantia with four each.
- Game Winning Goals Leaders: Casey O’Brien and Britta Curl with four each.
- +/- Leader: Vivian Jungels at +41.
Colgate Raiders Team Defense
- Goals Against: 65.
- Goals Against Per Game: 1.67 (6th in Division I).
- Shots Allowed: 885.
- Shots Allowed Per Game: 22.7.
- Penalty Kill: 87.9% (109 for 124 – 12th in Division I).
- Shorthanded Goals Scored: three.
Wisconsin Badgers Team Defense
- Goals Against: 63.
- Goals Against Per Game: 1.66 (5th in Division I).
- Shots Allowed: 855.
- Shots Allowed Per Game: 22.5.
- Penalty Kill: 83.3% (75 for 90 – 21st in Division I).
- Shorthanded Goals Scored: three.
Colgate Raiders Goaltenders
- Hannah Murphy: Record: 18-1-1 / GAA: 1.46 / Save Percentage: 0.933 / Saves: 420 / Shutouts: 5. Murphy is 4th in Division I in GAA, and tied for 7th in save percentage and shutouts.
- Kayle Osborne: Record: 14-4-1 / GAA: 1.75 / Save Percentage: 0.926 / Saves: 398 / Shutouts: 4. Osborne is tied for 8th in Division I in shutouts, 9th in GAA, and tied for 15th in save percentage.
- Averill McCorkle: Record: 0-0-0 / GAA: 0.00 / Save Percentage: 1.000 / Saves: 2 / Shutouts: 0.
Wisconsin Badgers Goaltenders
- Cami Kronish: Record: 18-8-2 / GAA: 1.60 / Save Percentage: 0.929 / Saves: 591 / Shutouts: 7. Kronish is 5th in Division I in GAA, tied for 5th in shutouts, and 10th in save percentage.
- Jane Gervais: Record: 8-2-0 / GAA: 1.59 / Save Percentage: 0.926 / Saves: 201 / Shutouts: 2.
Saturday’s game at the Class of 1965 is scheduled to begin at 3 pm EST, and the game will be streamed on ESPN+. For more information about Colgate Raiders hockey, visit https://colgateathletics.com.
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