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Colgate Crowned Battle at the Burgh Champions

Credit: Justin Berl, Colgate Athletics

Raiders roll past Bemidji State, 6-0, for third-straight win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Women’s hockey handled WCHA foe Bemidji State in the Battle at the Burgh Championship on Saturday night, hanging a half dozen goals on the Beavers behind five Raiders who tallied multi-point performances. 

Sydney Morrow, the highest-scoring blueliner in the country, led Colgate with four points on two goals and two assists. Kristýna Kaltounková was Colgate’s second-leading scorer in the triumph, chipping in three points and vaulting herself into the top spot in NCAA Division I scoring with 35 points on the year. Both Morrow and Kaltounková also landed on the 2023 Battle at the Burgh All-Tournament team with a combined five goals, seven assists, and 12 points in just two games. 

“It felt really good to get back out there after a few weeks off the ice,” Head Coach Greg Fargo said.  “Pittsburgh was an incredible host, and we had a lot of fun this weekend being a part of the Battle of the Burgh. It was the perfect way to kick off the second half of the season and it really prepares us for the upcoming stretch of league games. I’m proud of how our team was able to progressively find our game more and more as the weekend went on. This is the momentum we need moving forward.” 

A relatively slow start by Colgate standards saw the Raiders enter the first break up a single point. Morrow was the first to break the draw, pounding a wrister from the left slot past the Bemidji State goalie on the power play. 

Fifth-year Sydney Bard, the Battle at the Burgh Tournament MVP, was the lone scorer in the second period thanks to helpers from first-years Kaia Malachino and Madeline Palumbo, who both stretched their point streaks to three games. 

Kaltounková buried an impressive snipe to open the final frame and give Colgate a 3-0 lead which held for nearly six minutes. That was until the Raiders erupted for three power-play goals in less than two minutes to put the game out of reach firmly. 

Morrow was heavily involved in the flurry of goals, earning the secondary assist on Neena Brick’s score, the primary assist on Danielle Serdachny’s 10th tally of the year, and denting the twine herself to send the Raiders into the New Year on a three-game win streak. 

UP NEXT

No. 4/4 Colgate hosts two top-10 opponents next weekend at the Class of 1965 Arena starting with No. 10/10 St. Lawrence at 6 p.m. on Friday night. No. 5/5 Clarkson comes to town on Saturday with puck drop slated for 3 p.m. 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Netminder Hannah Murphy made 24 saves in her third shutout of the season, marking her fifth game this year with 24 or more stops. 
  • Kaltounková registered a new team-high 13 shots in the win against the Beavers.
  • Sophomore Ava Svejkovsky earned her first career start for Colgate in the triumph.
  • Serdachny now leads NCAA Division I with 23 assists this season. 
  • Six Raiders will carry a point streak of three games or more into the New Year.

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