ERIE, PA – Colgate traveled across state borders to face the Lakers of Mercyhurst University in a Friday night affair at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Raiders walked away with a 5-0 win backed by sophomore Hannah Murphy’s shutout.
The Raiders were led by senior Tanner Gates who capped off the win with a total of three points. Sara Stewart continued her hot streak, scoring her second career goal in her second career game.
Sydney Bard opened up the scoring for the Raiders, netting one from the top of the circle. Dara Greig and Kaitlyn O’Donohoe collected apples on the play. Gates added her name to the box score, scoring off a redirection in the blue paint on the powerplay.
Colgate registered a total of 13 shots on net, outshooting Mercyhurst by eight. Bard and Gate’s goals pushed the Raiders to a 2-0 lead by the end of the first.
The second period started off slow as the two teams battled on both ends. Colgate increased its scoring chances as it fired multiple shots on net throughout the first 10 minutes of play, but the Lakers’ netminder stood tall.
Neena Brick found an opportunity midway through the second period on the powerplay, firing one from the hash marks but finding the post instead of the back of the net. Play continued with the Raiders leading 2-0 with just under eight minutes remaining.
The Raiders found themselves short handed with just under five minutes to play in the second as Elyssa Biederman made her way to the box for interference. Murphy stood on her head throughout the penalty kill, maintaining the 2-0 lead for Colgate.
Colgate closed out the second period with 11 shots on net, outshooting Mercyhurst by seven.
Kristýna Kaltounková buried one from the paint, to put the Raiders up 3-0 five minutes into the third. Danielle Serdachny collected the assist on the powerplay goal.
“I thought our special teams were effective tonight and made a difference. Special teams will continue to be an important part of our team game,” said Head Coach Greg Fargo
Stewart worked her way through the Lakers defenders , putting one to the back of the woodwork for her second career goal.
Serdachny delivered the final dagger, netting one to push the lead to 5-0 with under a minute to play.
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo
“I thought tonight was a good showing for our team. Mercyhurst came out pushing hard early on and we needed to find our game a bit.
I like how we handled their pressure and found a way to break through. We get better collectively as the game wore on and that’s a testament to our leadership and veteran players.
Tomorrow will be our first back to back games and so we will need to reset and start from scratch tomorrow.”
Colgate returns to Mercyhurst Ice Center Saturday to finish out the weekend series. Puck drop is set for 2:05 p.m.