Colgate Women’s Hockey Continues Their Winning Ways

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The Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team (5-0-0 overall, 0-0 ECAC) is ranked number six in the most recent https://uscho.com poll, and they are off to a blistering start. Through their first three games (one at home against Syracuse, and two on the road at Mercyhurst), the Raiders did not surrender a goal – outscoring their opponents by a combined margin of 10-0.

This past weekend, they traveled to University Park, Pennsylvania for a showdown with the eleventh-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State would be facing their third-ranked opponent of the young season, having already faced fourth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth once and fifth-ranked Wisconsin twice (they went 1-2 in those games, earning a victory over Wisconsin).

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Game one of the two-game set, between the Raiders and Nittany Lions took place on Friday afternoon at the Pegula Ice Arena. The first half of the game proved to be a goaltender battle between Colgate’s Kayle Osbourne and Penn State’s Josie Bothun, as no goals would be scored by either side until the latter half of the second period. At the 7:40 mark, Colgate’s leading scorer this season Kristyna Kaltounkova broke the stalemate with a goal on the power play to take a 1-0 lead. Penn State answered with a power play goal of their own by Katelyn Roberts to send the teams into the second intermission tied at one.

Penn State took the lead at just 1:46 into the third period with a goal by Mya Vaslet, but the Raiders answered back just over seven minutes later when Kaltounkova lit the lamp for the second time in the game. It appeared the game may head to overtime, but captain Danielle Serdachny scored with thirty seconds left to give Colgate a dramatic come from behind 3-2 victory.

Notes: Colgate outshot Penn State 29-21…Colgate was 1 for 3 on the power play, while Penn State was 1 for 4…Kaltounkova (two goals and one assist) and Allyson Simpson (three assists) led the Raiders in points…Goaltender Kayle Osbourne improved her record to 3-0-0.

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The rematch took place the following afternoon at the same venue. Like the first game, the Raiders took s 1-0 lead on a goal by Kristyna Kaltounkova – albeit this time in the first period instead of the second.Kaltounkova’s goal would be the only tally of the game until the third period, when the home team broke Colgate goaltender Hannah Murphy’s shutout bid with a goal by Lyndie Lobdell with just under seven minutes remaining. It once again appeared as though the teams would go to overtime, but as Yogi Berra once said “It’s deja vu all over again”, as the visitors would get the deciding goal late in the game for the second straight game. This time it was Elyssa Biederman scoring her first goal of the season with one minute remaining to lift Raiders a 2-1 win to complete the series sweep.

Notes: Colgate outshot Penn State 39-17…Colgate was 0 for 5 on the power play while Penn State was 0 for 4…Six Raiders collected one point each…Hannah Murphy improves her record to 2-0-0. Colgate plays again on Friday night at home against RIT…For more information about Colgate hockey, visit https://colgateathletics.com.

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