UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa – Colgate Women’s hockey walked away with the weekend sweep Saturday in a tightly contested battle against No. 11 Penn State, winning in the final minute by a score of 2-1.
Freshman Elyssa Biederman scored the game-winning goal with exactly one minute left in regulation. Her first collegiate goal came after Penn State netted the equalizer earlier in the period and kept the Raiders unbeaten at 5-0 on the young season.
“We played the right way today and although we didn’t score as much as we would’ve liked, the process was really good.” Said Head Coach Greg Fargo
The Raiders started the game off hot, as Kristýna Kaltounková scored her third tally of the weekend to give the Raiders an early 1-0 lead. She redirected one past the Penn State netminder off a shot from Maggie MacEachern, Sydney Bard earned the second assist.
Colgate dominated puck possession throughout the first period, outshooting Penn State, 13-4.
Back-and-forth action in the second period saw opportunities on both ends of the ice. Penn State made three trips to the penalty and the Raiders fired 14 shots on net, but neither team could crack the scoreboard and the score remained 1-0 at the second intermission.
The third period started out like the second, as the Raiders controlled the pace of play. Penn State found puck luck halfway through the third, sliding one past Hannah Murphy to tie the game at one apiece.
The Raiders started firing on all cylinders in the final five minutes of play, putting constant pressure on the Nittany Lions defense.
Biederman found open ice at the top of the circle in the Nittany Lions’ defensive zone, rifling one over the goalkeeper’s shoulder to collect her first collegiate goal in stunning fashion.
Colgate’s goal in the final minute of play was just enough to edge out Penn State, as the Raiders pulled off the sweep with a 2-1 victory. Murphy made six saves in each of the last two periods and finished the night with 16 stops to earn the win between the pipes.
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo
“I really like how this team has continued to grow so far early in this season. We thought it was really important to start the game in the right mindset today and from the first shift on I think we carried a lot of the play.
“There were a lot of good leadership moments this weekend too. Moments where our veteran players knew what needed to be done and they did it. Penn State has a very good team and we had to earn everything this weekend”
The Raiders return home as they are set to face RIT in a weekend series, puck drop is set for Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.