Friday, November 20, 2020
Colgate (1-0-0) – 3 (OT)
Syracuse (0-1-0) – 2
Colgate and Syracuse both (finally) opened their 2020-21 season Friday night at the Tennity Ice Pavilion in Syracuse, NY. Colgate overcame a two goal deficit to eventually win the game in overtime on a power-play goal by New Hartford native Sydney Bard. Freshman Rayla Clemons (Franklin, Michigan) scored both Orange goals in her collegiate hockey debut.
Clemons scored her first goal of the game just 72 seconds into the contest. Senior captain Kristen Siermachesky (New Liskeard, Ontario) and senior Victoria Klimek (Orangeville, Ontario) assisted. Clemons extended the lead to 2-0 with 4:13 left in the period. Klimek picked up another assist on the play.
In the second period Colgate picked up the pace and a few great chances, but Orange goaltender Allison Small (Nestleton, Ontario) was up to the task. She turned away all 13 second period shots to help maintain the 2-0 lead.
The first ten minutes of the third period was fast paced and Colgate was carrying much of the play. They finally capitalized at the 10:20 mark when Maggie MacEachern (Brooklin, Ontario) fire a shot top shelf from the point. Nemo Neubauerova (Praha, Czech Republic) picked up an assist.
Talk about top cheese!— Colgate Women’s Hockey (@ColgateWIH) November 21, 2020
MacEachern makes it a one-goal game with 9:40 remaining in regulation. pic.twitter.com/GFsQ4hn3vo
Colgate was awarded a full 5-on-3 power-play at the 13:14 mark of the period. Brynn Koocher (interference) and Klimek (tripping) were both called for penalties. The Raiders took advantage and tied the game 2-2. Allyson Simpson (Frisco, Texas) unleashed a slapshot from the point that was re-directed into the net by Malia Schneider (Millarville, Alberta).
Mae Batherson of Syracuse was assessed an interference penalty in the last two minutes of regulation. That penalty would carry over into overtime giving Colgate a 46 second extra player advantage to start the extra frame. The Raiders capitalized on the opportunity and Bard scored only 19 seconds into the game to secure the 3-2 victory.
Freshman Kayle Osborne (Westport, Ontario) made her collegiate debut in goal for the Raiders. She finished with 13 saves earning the first win of her career. Small finished with 28 saves for Syracuse.
“I like the way we started the game with a lot of excitement and energy and we played pretty well,” said head coach Paul Flanagan. “It was great to see a freshman score on the very first shift of her collegiate career and then follow it up with another goal. There were some positives in the first 20 minutes. Then Colgate stepped it up and really came after us. Give credit to Colgate. They kept coming at us. We have to build on the positives.”
Colgate head coach Greg Fargo had this to say following the victory.
“First off, it was so great to get to feel that tonight. The build up to a game day, the highs and lows of a game and in the end celebrating a great team win together. We feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to play the game and feel everything that comes with it. It was such a joy to just see our athletes competing again in their Colgate jerseys and to cap it off the way we did, that was special.
“Our team has handled everything that’s been thrown at them since March so well and they’ve done it as a team. Tonight when we were down, we never wavered. It felt like we got stronger and stronger as the game went on. I’m extremely proud of our team.”
These two teams face-off again this afternoon at Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:00pm and can be watched on ESPN+.