CANTON, N.Y.— No. 8 Colgate tallied three goals in each period as the Raiders picked up a dominating 9-1 win at St. Lawrence on Saturday.
With the win, Colgate secured the number three seed for the ECAC Hockey Tournament and will host Cornell for a best of three quarterfinals series next weekend.
The Raiders had four three-point performances in the game including Darcie Lappan (three assists), Delani MacKay (one goal, two assists), Eleri MacKay (two goals, one assist), and Danielle Serdachny (two goals, one assist).
Serdachny opened the scoring with a goal just 53 seconds into the game and then dished out an assist on Kalty Kaltounkova’s goal six minutes later. Those two points helped Serdachny reach 100 career points. Eleri MacKay topped off the first period scoring when she fired one in with just under a minute and a half left.
In the second, Tanner Gates kept the scoring going as she found the back of the net four and a half minutes in. Just two minutes later, Allyson Simpson scored to make it 5-0 Colgate. Shortly after, St. Lawrence pulled one back when Nara Elia scored for the Saints on a power play. Kaltounkova then scored a power-play goal of her own, her second goal of the night, to push the lead back to five with just over three minutes left in the period.
Serdachny started the third picking up her second goal of the game with Kaitlyn O’Donohoe picking up her second assist on the play. Eleri MacKay then fired in her second of the night with just under 10 minutes remaining to make it 8-1. Delani MacKay finished the scoring with a goal that came with 20 seconds left on the clock.
The Raiders ended the game with a 41-23 advantage in shots. Colgate also had control of the faceoff circle, winning 57% of the draws.
Hannah Murphy made 22 saves in net as she improved to 13-2-0 on the season.
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo
“It was a great finish to a tough road trip up here in the North Country. A few weeks ago, we collectively focused on playing well and getting on a run heading into the playoffs. It feels great to earn home ice and we’re excited about the opportunity to perform in front of our home crowd next weekend.
From the coach’s seat, it’s been a joy watching this team come together. We are working towards a common purpose here. With the regular season behind us, we’re going to set our sights on the next goal here, and go for it.”
The Raiders begin their best-of-three series against Cornell on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Class of 1965 Arena. The two teams will then face off again on Saturday at 3 p.m., then again on Sunday at 3 p.m. if necessary.