Colgate Women’s Hockey Steamrolls RIT

Photo credit: 315 Hockey/Scott Kinville.

The Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team (6-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 ECAC) is off to a blistering start this season. After sweeping a two-game series last weekend against the eleventh-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions on the road to remain undefeated so far this season they returned home to begin a two-game set against the RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) TIgers (2-5-0 overall, 0-0-0 CHA). The first game was Friday night, and the Raiders were firing on all cylinders in this one, as they steamrolled the visiting Tigers by a score of 9-0.

After giving RIT a two-minute power play just twelve seconds after the opening faceoff (on which the Tigers would get no shots), Colgate put their foot (or skate if you will) on the gas and never looked back. They opened the scoring at the 5:14 mark of the opening period when Sarah Roger snapped a shot over RIT starting goalie Sarah Coe to record her first goal as a Raider. Sara Stewart earned the primary assist on the goal which was her first assist as a Raider beginning a night of firsts for some of the younger members of the team.

The offensive zone pressure by the Raiders was relentless in the first period, so much so that it took the Tigers over eleven minutes to register their first shot on goal. Although they outshot the Tigers by a margin of 24-2 in the first period, the Roger goal would be the only one Coe would surrender in the period and the teams went to the first intermission with the score 1-0 in favor of the home team.

Colgate’s Sara Stewart (#22) digs in for a faceoff against RIT’s Lindsay Maloney (#8) during Friday night’s game at the Class of 1965 Arena. Photo credit: 315 Hockey/Scott Kinville.

The floodgates would open early in the second period, as the home team scored on their first three shots on goal. Captain Danielle Serdachny made it 2-0 just thirty-six seconds into the period when she redirected a pass from Dara Greig past Coe. Twenty-five seconds later, Colgate leading scorer Kalty Kaltounkova scored the first of her three goals on the night, then just over two minutes after that, freshman Jenna Duarte scored her first goal and point as a Raider with an assist from another freshman Kassy Betinol – who also collected the first point of her college career.

Colgate’s Jenna Duarte (#88) celebrates the first goal as a Raider, as teammates Allyson Simpson (#10) and Danielle Serdachny (#9) join the celebration during Friday night’s game. Photo credit: 315 Hockey/Scott Kinville.

After the Duarte goal, RIT Head Coach Celeste Brown pulled Coe and replaced her with Emma Stephen, but the Raiders overwhelming pressure continued. With less than five minutes to go in the second period, Colgate got their first power-play goal of the night when Serdachny wired a shot past Stephen from the right circle off of a pass from Kaitlyn O’Donohoe for her second goal of the night. Neena Brick’s goal with just under three minutes remaining made the score 6-0, and Kaltounkova closed the scoring for the second period out when with twenty-one seconds remaining she broke into the RIT zone and scored a “highlight reel goal” (see the tweet below for the video) giving the Raiders a 7-0 lead after forty minutes of play.

The Raider’s dominance continued in the third period, and they added to their lead when Dara Greig scored to make it 8-0. Kaltounkova then completed her hat trick with her eighth goal of the year with just over eleven minutes to go to finish the scoring for the evening. The only question remaining was would Raiders goaltender Hannah Murphy complete her shutout. The best chance RIT had to break it came with 5:25 remaining in the game when Amy Dobson got a shorthanded breakaway, but Murphy made the save and sealed the shutout and the 9-0 victory for her team.

Notes: Colgate outshot RIT by a margin of 57-13…Colgate was 2/3 on the power play, RIT was 0/3…Colgate won 42 of the 59 faceoffs in the game…Colgate had thirteen players register at least one point…Kalty Kaltounkova (three goals and two assists) led all scorers with five points, Danielle Serdachny (two goals and one assist), Allyson Simpson (two assists), Kaitlyn O’Donohoe (two assists), Neena Brick (one goal and one assist), and Dara Greig (one goal and one assist) also had multiple points…With 117 career points, Danielle Serdachny is currently tied for third on Colgate’s all-time points list…Murphy’s shutout was her second of the season and seventh all-time, her record this season is 3-0 with a 0.33 GAA and 0.977 save percentage…The two teams play again on Saturday, October 15th at 3 pm EDT at the Class of 1965 Arena…For more information about Colgate hockey, visit https://colgateathletics.com.

Colgate’s Tessa Holk (#71) plays the puck up the boards during Friday night’s game against RIT. Photo credit: 315 Hockey/Scott Kinville.

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