Colgate’s Season Ends in Heartbreaking OT Loss


HAMILTON, N.Y.— The Colgate women’s hockey team’s season ended in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in overtime to Yale in the NCAA Regional Finals on Saturday at the Class of 1965 Arena.

The Bulldogs’ game-winner came off the stick of Tess Dettling 2:15 into the extra period as she sent Yale to its first Frozen Four in program history

Both teams’ first goals came in the opening period.

After the Raiders were called for roughing, the Bulldogs went on a power play and were able to take advantage of it. Rebecca Vanstone passed to Elle Hartje who dished one off to Vita Poniatovskaia for a shot that she ripped past Hannah Murphy.

Colgate was presented with good looks at goal throughout the first and were finally able to get on the board with an equalizing goal with 1:19 remaining in the period. Allyson Simpson passed up the ice to Dara Greig who centered it to Kaitlyn O’Donohoe for a shot she tapped past Yale’s goalie.

The Raiders had one power play in each of the first two periods, but could not convert on either. Their first came eight and half minutes into the opening period for a roughing call and the other was with just under 11 minutes remaining in the middle frame for body checking.

Murphy had nine stops in the second period including some big ones that prevented Yale from pulling ahead. She finished with a total of 20 saves in the game.

In the third, Colgate held a 10-6 advantage in shots. Kalty Kaltounkova had a good chance with 1:38 left in the game but couldn’t quite put it in. Yale nearly ended the game with three seconds remaining but another big save from Murphy denied them from doing so.

The Raiders had an opportunity to end it early in OT when Kaltounkova finished off a shot from in close but it ended up getting called back. Dettling then scored the overtime winner off the rebound of a shot by Emma DeCorbu.

 Colgate finished the game with the advantage in shots at 29-22.

The Raiders conclude the season with a 30-8-1 record.


Head Coach Greg Fargo

“It was back and forth hockey and that’s what playoff hockey should look like. I thought both teams had some great looks on both sides.  I couldn’t be more proud of our team for playing as hard as they did and as well as they did all season long just to get us to this place. It’s tough when you lose but in the bigger picture there’s a lot to be proud of.”


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