The Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey team opened their 2019-20 campaign this weekend with a pair of home games.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Holy Cross (0-1-0) – 1
Colgate (1-0-0) – 4
After a scoreless first period, that saw Colgate outshoot Holy Cross 12-5, the Raiders finally broke through in the second for a pair of goals. Only 54 seconds into the period, while shorthanded, freshman Danielle Serdachny picked up a loose puck at the blue line, blew past two defenders, and deked out the goaltender to stuff home her first career goal.
Exactly 9 minutes later Noemi Neubauerova fired a shot from the slot that found its way into the back of the net putting the home team ahead 2-0. Coralie Larose and Allyson Simpson. The assist was the first career point for Simpson, who is a freshman.
Larose extended the lead to 3-0 after taking a Tanner Gates pass and sniping one over the goaltenders glove. Neubauerova had the secondary assist.
With under 5 minutes to play, Serdachny scored her second of the game on a beautiful shot over the shoulder of the Holy Cross goaltender. Gate picked up another assist on the goal. Holy Cross scored one late spoling the shutout for Liz Auby (10 saves). Colgate finished with 44 shots on goal.
New Hartford native Sydney Bard was held pointless and recorded one shot in the second period. It was her first collegiate game.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Kingston – 0
Colgate (2-0-0) – 4
After getting off to a somewhat slow start Saturday, the Raiders wasted little time on Sunday scoring only 2:13 into the game. Kaitlyn O’Donohoe found Caroline Ross out front, who sneaked in from the blue line, for an easy tap in. The home team continued to control play and doubled up their lead before the end of the period. Serdachny fed a pass to Rosy Demers in the neutral zone that led to an odd man rush. Demers slid the puck over to Tanner Gates who roofed a wrist shot into the net for a 2-0 lead. Colgate ended the period with a 15-1 shot advantage.
The Raiders added two more in the middle stanza the first coming off the stick of Larose only 1:22 in. Simpson scored her first collegiate goal at 13:21 to increase the Raiders lead to 4-0 which would stand up as the final.
Net minders Alexa Dobchuk (9 saves) and Peri Donaldson (3 saves) combined for the shutout victory.
Colgate travels to #2 Minnesota next weekend for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday. Head coach Greg Fargo had this to say about facing off against Minnesota.
“We know Minnesota is a great team and it’s going to be a great atmosphere to play in that environment,” said Fargo. “For us, it’s just the next step in our story and it’s a great opportunity for us to go out and play our best hockey against a really good team.”
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Montreal – 1
Syracuse – 4
Syracuse opened their season with a 4-1 exhibition win over Montreal Sunday. Three of the Orange goals were scored while on the power-play.
After a quiet first period Syracuse scored three power-play goals to take a 3-0 lead into the third period. First Savannah Rennie scored at 2:05 assisted by Allie Olnowich. Just over a minute later Emma Polaski found the back of the net, assisted by Lauren Bellefontaine and Jessica Digirolamo. Digirolamo scored one of her own at 9:08 with Bellefontaine picking up another assist.
Montreal cut the deficit to 3-1 6:08 into the third. Syracuse regained their three goal lead with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game. Madison Beishuizen picked up the tally with Shelby Calof and Anna Leschyshyn getting the helpers.
Senior Ady Cohen and Junior Allison Small each played half of the game. Cohen made 7 saves and Small had 5 saves while allowing one goal.
The Orange kick off the regular season on Friday when the 2018 National Champion Clarkson comes to town for a 6:00pm start.
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