Colgate (30-7-1, 16-5-1 ECACH) vs Yale (25-8-1, 16-5-1 ECACH)
NCAA Regional Final
Saturday, March 12, 2022 – 3 p.m.
Class of 1965 Arena, Hamilton, N.Y.
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HAMILTON, N.Y. — The fourth-seeded Colgate women’s hockey team hosts fifth-seeded Yale in the NCAA Regional Finals on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Class of 1965 Arena.
The Raiders are making their second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning the ECAC Hockey Championship for the second year in a row. Last season, Colgate fell 1-0 in overtime to Minnesota Duluth in the tournament.
The Raiders will meet the Bulldogs for the 42nd time, dating back to 2001-02. Colgate leads the series with a 22-15-4 record and is 7-3 in its last 10 matchups against Yale.
The Bulldogs swept this year’s regular-season series with a 4-0 win in Hamilton on Nov. 6 and a 3-0 victory in New Haven on Jan. 28. Last Saturday, Colgate defeated Yale 2-1 in the ECAC Championship. It was the first time that the two teams had met in the conference playoffs.
IN THE RANKINGS
Kalty Kaltounkova (28-25-53) is second in the country in goals and tied for seventh in points. Kaltounkova also leads ECACH in goals and is tied for first in points. Danielle Serdachny (15-38-53) is tied with Kaltounkova in points and is second in the country in assists. Serdachny’s 427 faceoff wins are also seventh-best in the NCAA.
Dara Greig (20-21-41) is tied for 10th in the nation in goals. Additionally, her six game-winning goals are tied for second-best nationally. Sydney Bard (4-23-27) leads ECACH defenders in assists and points, while Tanner Gates (3-15-18) is tied for fourth in assists among defenders.
In goal, Hannah Murphy holds a 17-2-0 record. Her .895 win percentage is the highest in the NCAA, while her 1.47 goals-against average is ninth-best. She has also posted a .932 save percentage.
As a team, the Raiders are third in the country in goals (145), power play goals (30), and assists (248).
LAST TIME OUT
Colgate won the conference title on Saturday with a 2-1 comeback win in overtime against Yale. Kaitlyn O’Donohoe equalized a minute and a half into the third period and Kaltounkova scored the game-winner just under five minutes into OT. Kaltounkova’s clutch goal helped her earn tournament MVP.
MURPHY EARNS MONTHLY AWARD
First-year goalie Murphy was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month for February after posting an 8-1 record to go along with a 1.22 GAA and .950 save percentage. This is the third conference honor she has earned this season after being named Goalie of the Week and Rookie of the Week on Nov. 29 after wins over Boston College and No. 3 Minnesota
Colgate is 30-7-1 on the season thus far, along with a 16-5-1 mark in ECAC Hockey. The Raiders are 13-5-1 at home, 14-2-0 on the road, and 3-0-0 in neutral site games. Additionally, Colgate is 7-4-2 against nationally-ranked teams.
The Raiders have outscored their opponents 145-67 and outshot them 1,446-831.
The first 500 students and 300 Colgate fans will receive complimentary admission to Saturday’s game. Additionally, there will be free Holy Smokes Barbeque for the first 500 Colgate fans in attendance.
Saturday’s winner will advance to the Frozen Four and take on either Ohio State or Quinnipiac in the semifinals. The championship weekend will be held at Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena on March 18 and 20.