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#4 Colgate defeats #10 St. Lawrence

Credit: Scott Kinville

Dara Greig’s four-point night led the fourth-ranked Colgate Raiders Women over #10 St. Lawrence on Friday night.

The fourth-ranked Colgate Raiders took the ice at the Class of 1965 Arena for the first time in the second half of their season on Friday night. Fresh off their Battle of the Burgh championship last weekend, Colgate took on the tenth-ranked St. Lawrence Saints for the first of two regular-season matchups between the teams. They will meet again on February 3 at Appleton Arena.

Friday night marked the beginning of a very challenging part of the schedule for the Raiders as they will play a ranked opponent in nine of their final fifteen regular season games. They started that stretch on a positive note with a 7-3 victory over the Saints, as senior forward Dara Greig led the way with four points (one goal and three assists).

“It felt so good to be back at home”, Greig said. “We had a pretty decent crowd tonight which was sweet because the students are gone right now”.

The home team jumped out to a 2-0 first period thanks to a pair of goals from first-year forward Emma Pais. The first came with 12:35 remaining in the period on the power play. Pais took a centering pass from Dara Greig who was in the right corner, and beat St. Lawrence goaltender Emma-Sofie Nordström from the slot. Pais struck again seventy-nine seconds later, this time tipping an Ava Svejkovsky shot past Nordström to give her team a two-goal lead.

The Saints cut that lead in half four minutes later with a power play goal of their own. Anna Segedi put a loose puck in front of the Colgate crease past Raider netminder Hannah Murphy to make it a one-goal game. The Raiders regained their two-goal lead with just under two minutes remaining. Dara Greig took a nifty backhand pass from Kalty Kaltounková and beat Nordstrom from the low slot to make it 3-1 heading into the first intermission.

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Colgate made it 4-1 with just under four minutes gone in the second period. Tessa Holk broke down the left side and wired a shot past Nordström from the left circle for her first goal of the season. Danielle Serdachny extended the Colgate lead to four with 11:20 remaining in the period when she put a shot from near the goal line past a surprised Nordström.

St. Lawrence got one back with 4:21 left in the middle frame. Aly McLeod tipped a shot from the point by Melissa Jefferies to make it 5-2. That score would hold through the end of the period.

Colgate’s Tessa Holk (#71) and St. Lawrence’s Kristina Bahl (#91) battle along the boards during Friday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The Raiders put the game away in the final period. Kalty Kaltounková scored her seventeenth goal of the season at the 5:27 mark off a centering pass from Elyssa Biederman. Abby Hustler scored an unassisted power-play goal for the Saints with two minutes left, but it was too little too late. Allyson Simpson scored an empty net goal with thirty-seven seconds remaining to seal the Raiders victory.

“Everyone came to play tonight. It was great to have all four lines going and that really contributed to our offensive success”, Greig said after the game. She also noted the Raiders won’t have much time to celebrate Friday night’s win. The fifth-ranked Clarkson Golden Knights roll into the Class of 1965 Arena for a crucial ECAC matchup. Game time is at 3:00 p.m.

“It’s a big rivalry versus Clarkson. It’s definitely an easy game to get up for so it’s going to be a good one. We’re all really excited for that one.”

Notes: Colgate outshot St. Lawrence 33-20…Colgate was 1/3 on the power play, while St. Lawrence was 2/2…Dara Greig led all scorers with four points (one goal and three assists)…Kalty Kaltounková (one goal and two assists), Emma Pais (two goals), Allyson Simpson (one goal and one assist), Danielle Serdachny (one goal and one assist), and Elyssa Biederman (two assists) each had a multi-point game for Colgate…Anna Segedi and Abby Hustler (one goal and one assist each) led the St. Lawrence scorers…Hannah Murphy made seventeen saves to pick up the win in net for Colgate.

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