TROY, N.Y. – Colgate statistically dominated RPI on Friday night in Houston Field House, but it took overtime before the fifth-ranked Raiders could squeak out the victory thanks to Tanner Gates’ first goal of the season.
Colgate (11-4, 4-1 ECAC) outshot RPI (4-9, 2-5 ECAC) 49-16 in the game and won 30 faceoffs.
RPI led 2-1 at the end of the first period.
Colgate once again knotted the score with a goal by Darcy Lappan at 17:20 in the second period. She redirected the puck fired off the stick of Taylor Kirwan. Gates also assisted on the goal. The score was Lappan’s fifth of the season.
MacKay gave Colgate its first lead of the night with her third goal of the season at 18:16 in the third period. Rachel Golnitz and Allyson Simpson assisted on the go-ahead score. The lead was short lived as RPI tied the game with a power-play goal with less than a minute left to force overtime.
It was just the second time the Raiders went to overtime this season. Colgate also defeated No. 10 Harvard 5-4 back on Oct. 30.
Hannah Murphy recorded 13 saves in net for the Raiders.
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo
“As a staff, we were really proud of how our team responded today and found a way to win in the end. It was an opportunity for us to get back to playing to our standard and we did that.”
“I thought RPI’s goalie was really good tonight and they made the most of a couple of looks they had. We showed a strong team effort throughout the lineup. It was great to have Ally Simpson back tonight too.”
“This is a game we can build on. This is a team striving to get better with each passing day and I can’t wait to see our team play again tomorrow.”
The Raiders return to the ice on Saturday at 3 p.m. when they face off against Union in a ECAC contest in Messa Rink.