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#3 Colgate defeats #6 Cornell to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four

Credit: Scott Kinville

The Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team defeated Cornell 3-1 on Saturday afternoon to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals matchup at the Class of 1965 Arena on Saturday afternoon took on an ECAC flavor. After meeting just eight days ago in the Semifinals of the ECAC Tournament, the third-ranked Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team (32-6-1 overall, 18-4-0 ECAC) hosted the sixth-ranked Cornell Big Red (25-8-1 overall, 17-5-0 ECAC). The winner of Saturday afternoon’s matchup would advance to the Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament next weekend in New Hampshire.

Colgate is on the brink after game one double-overtime loss

Colgate opened the game the faster of the two teams, controlling play for much of the first period and outshooting the Big Red 15-7. They also got the only goal of the period off the stick of Kalty Kaltounková, who scored her 26th goal of the season with 3:27 left in the period. After Cornell goaltender Annelies Bergmann robbed her of a goal seconds before, Kaltounková took a centering pass from Elyssa Biederman and beat Bergmann with a shot from the slot.

“It was a very interesting game, very unlike the last one I would say,” Colgate head coach Greg Fargo said. “I thought we had a pretty good start in the first period. We liked our control of a lot of the play both territorially, possessions, and some of the chances.”

Colgate’s Kalty Kaltounková takes a shot at Cornell goaltender Annelies Bergmann during Saturday afternoon’s game at the Class of 1965 Arena. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

In the second period, it was the visitors who had the momentum. Although they only outshot Colgate by one, Cornell controlled the zone time for the most part and got the period’s only goal. Halfway through the frame, Alyssa Regalado’s shot from the right circle was tipped by Kaitlin Jockims past Colgate goaltender Kayle Osborne and in. Fargo challenged the goal for a high stick, but after a lengthy discussion, the officials determined it counted.

“They kind of tilted the ice a little bit I thought for the rest of the period,” Fargo said of the Jockims goal. “You could see we were a little rattled by it.”

As for the challenge, the Raiders bench boss felt there were two factors involved in his decision.

“Our goalie (Osborne) said she thought it was a high stick, but we also thought there could have been goalie interference,” he said. “It didn’t work out in our favor, but it also kind of slowed the game down a little bit.”

The Raiders re-established their zone dominance in the third period, but Bergmann kept her team in the game with several big saves. She stopped ECAC Rookie of the Tear forward Emma Pais on a point-blank chance six minutes into the period. Five minutes later, she stopped the always dangerous Danielle Serdachny on a breakaway. The game began to take on a next goal wins feeling.

The home team would not be denied. They continued pressuring the Big Red and it paid off with 4:12 remaining when they took with 4:12 when Allyson Simpson took a pass from Elyssa Biederman and ripped a shot past Bergmann from the top of the right circle. Biederman then salted the game away with an empty net goal with one second left to the euphoria of the home crowd.

“I thought the group overall did a great job in the third,” Fargo noted. “It was a back-and-forth game the first two periods, but I thought the third we were in control.”

The Saturday afternoon victory not only marked the last home game of the season for the Colgate Raiders but also the last home game for a few of the players in their careers as well. New Hartford native Sydney Bard is in that group and her coach for the past five years marveled at how much she grew as a player during that time.

“It’s been incredible to watch Sydney grow through her five years at Colgate and within our program,” Fargo commented. “She holds a special place for all of us I think for all of us and is obviously a great player and has made a tremendous impact on the ice. The quality of person that she is hard to replicate. She’s a great leader and role model for her teammates and an incredible ambassador for our program. Just so happy we were able to win her last game at home, and for the first time in six years send our program to the Frozen Four.”

Colgate will now face either #2 Wisconsin or #7 St. Lawrence on March 22 in Durham, New Hampshire. For more information about the Colgate Raiders, visit https://colgateathletics.com.

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