HAMILTON, N.Y.— No. 8 Colgate rallied from two down to tie the game up in the second period before completing the comeback with a goal six minutes into the third in a 3-2 win over Cornell on Saturday at the Class of 1965 Arena.
The victory secured a 2-0 series sweep for the Raiders as they move on to the ECAC Hockey semifinals next Friday.
It was the first time Colgate overcame a two-goal deficit since Nov. 20, 2020, against Syracuse.
The Raiders’ comeback started with just under three minutes remaining in the second. Danielle Serdachny came out of a scrum with the puck and tapped a pass back to Kalty Kaltounkova who passed across the ice to Allyson Simpson for a wrist shot she put into the back of the net to make it 2-1.
Just 37 seconds later the Raiders equalized. Dara Greig found Serdachny up ice who then tapped the puck back to Katie Chan for a shot from just inside the left faceoff circle that she put into the near side of the goal.
Colgate then pulled ahead on a power play just under six minutes into the third. Simpson one-timed a shot that was deflected out to Kaltounkova who collected the puck from behind her and put it in on a shot from in close.
The Big Red’s first goal came six minutes into the opening period when Leah MacSween intercepted a pass and played the puck ahead to Kaitlin Jockims who took advantage of a two-on-one breakaway situation. Jockims skated in and passed the puck to Gabbie Rud who finished an easy tap-in shot.
Cornell doubled its lead on a power play goal with 12:15 left in the second. Athena Song fired a shot that was saved by Hannah Murphy but bounced out to Jockims who then picked up the puck and passed it back to Song for a shot that she ripped into the goal.
The Raiders had 44 shots on goal compared to the Big Red’s 18. Colgate also had control in the faceoff circle going 36-58.
Murphy picked up her 15th win of the season with 16 saves in net.
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo
“That was an exciting playoff series against a really strong opponent. The environment at ’65 was outstanding and our team worked hard all weekend. It was a true team win as different people stepped up today and over the weekend. To be down two goals and find a way to come back shows the character of the group. We’re excited to be able to keep playing next weekend.”
Colgate advances to the semifinals of the ECAC tournament on Friday against an opponent and at a site to be determined.