HAMILTON – Seven different skaters scored in the sixth-ranked Raiders’ 8-1 win over RIT on Friday evening.
11 different players also recorded points including three points Sydney Bard who notched three assists.
It was the visiting Tigers that got on the board first as Athena Vasdani put one in the net just over seven minutes into the game.
Less than three minutes later the Raiders responded when Neena Brick hit one off the crossbar, which after review would be determined a goal as the game evened up at 1-1.
Brick struck again a few minutes later to give Colgate a 2-1 lead.
The two goals marked Brick’s first points in a Raiders sweater.
Colgate carried that momentum into the second period with three more goals. Kaitlyn O’Donohoe and Kalty Kaltounkova each netted one in the first five minutes of the period. With just under six minutes to play, Allyson Simpson buried one to make it 5-1 Raiders.
Just three minutes into the third Delani MacKay got in on the action to make it a five-goal game.
As a team, Colgate outshot the Tigers 60-13. They also dominated in the face-off circle going 30-13.
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo
“It felt good to get back out there tonight and play again. We’ve seen our team change and grow a lot since we last played, and to see it in action was a lot of fun. The crowd was fantastic and it was just a fun night of getting back to Colgate hockey and enjoying it with a great fan base.
It was no surprise that RIT came out strong. I thought it took us a few minutes to find our groove, which is to be expected. We settled in more as the game went on and it was nice to have everyone contribute in various ways to start the season.“
The two teams will meet again tomorrow in Rochester. Opening face-off is set for 6:00 p.m.