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Colgate defeats Penn St. to complete series sweep

Credit: Scott Kinville

The Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team moves to 3-1-0 with a victory over Penn St. on Saturday afternoon.

The third-ranked Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team met the eleventh-ranked Penn St. Nittany Lions on Saturday afternoon for the second time in less than twenty-four hours. The Raiders then defeated the Nittany Lions for the second time in less than twenty-four hours.

Colgate was dominant in defeating Penn St. on Friday night at the Class of 1965 Arena – winning virtually every facet of the game. On Saturday afternoon, a determined and perhaps desperate Nittany Lions team took the ice looking to avoid a repeat of Friday night. Penn St. entered Saturday afternoon’s game with a record of 1-3-1.

A recap of Friday night’s Colgate vs Penn St. matchup: #3 Colgate Raiders dominant in win over #11 Penn St.

Colgate’s Kalty Kaltounková (#98) sets up in front of the Penn St. net during Saturday afternoon’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Penn St. came out on Saturday afternoon determined to slow down the potent Raiders offensive attack. A much more assertive team from the night before, the Nittany Lions held the Raiders to one shot on goal through the first eleven and a half minutes. Although they kept the Raiders hemmed in their own zone for most of the opening period, neither team would light the lamp and the scoreboard showed a scoreless tie after one period. Colgate goaltender Hannah Murphy was strong in the first, as she turned aside all eleven shots she faced.

Penn St. nearly opened the scoring early in the second period but missed on a two-on-one chance. Instead, it was Colgate’s Kalty Kaltounková who netted the game’s first goal when she pounced on a loose puck in the slot and snapped a shot past Penn St. goaltender Josie Bothun. Kaltounková has been on a torrid scoring pace to start the season. She has at least one goal in each of the Raider’s first four games and has six total on the season.

The Nittany Lons tied the game nearly six minutes later when a familiar face came back to haunt her old team. Former Raider Maggie MacEachern snapped a shot from the left point past a screened Murphy to tie the game at one. Two minutes later, the home team regained the lead when newcomer Sydney Morrow used some slick stickhandling from the point to skate in and beat Bothun on the glove side from the top of the circles. The goal was the first of Morrow’s collegiate career.

Colgate’s Elyssa Biederman tracks the puck during Saturday afternoon’s game at the Class of 1965 Arena. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Entering the third period with a 2-1 lead, the Raiders also started the final frame with a two-minute power play. Colgate would make the visitors pay for their mistake, as Danielle Serdachny skated the puck all over the Penn St. zone before finding Kaitlyn O’Donohoe on the edge of the crease for a tap-in goal. The Colgate power play wound up going four for eight for the weekend.

Just a minute and a half later the Nittany Lions had a golden opportunity as Colgate’s Avery Pickering was assessed a five-minute boarding major. The visitors could not do anything with it, however, and even took a two-minute penalty of their own during that time.

The Nittany Lions did get one back halfway through the third period when Brianna Brooks forced a turnover at her blue line, skated in all alone, and slid the puck under Murphy to make it a 3-2 game. With 2:52 remaining, Pickering took a two-minute minor penalty and it was nail-biting time for the home crowd. Penn St. vacated their net for a six-on-four advantage, but despite their best efforts, they could not get another one past Murphy. As the final seconds ticked off of the clock, Colgate hung on for a 3-2 victory. With the win, Colgate improved their record to 3-1 on the season while Penn St. fell to 1-4-1.

For more information about Colgate Raiders hockey, visit https://colgateathletics.com.

Notes: Penn St. outshot Colgate 29 to 28…Colgate was 1 for 2 on the power play, while Penn St. was 0 for 5…Katly Kaltounková (1 goal + 1 assist) and Elyssa Biederman (2 assists) led the Raiders in scoring, while Penn St had three players with 1 point each…Danielle Serdachny led Colgate in shots with 4, while Tessa Janecke led Penn St. in shots with 6…Neena Brick was 12 for 16 in faceoffs for Colgate, while Tessa Janecke was 17 for 28 in faceoffs for Penn St…Colgate goaltender Hannah Murphy made 25 saves to pick up her first win of the season…Colgate hosts Mercyhurst for two games next Friday and Saturday.

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