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Colgate Raiders comeback falls short

Loss in overtime thriller sees Colgate Raiders split series with Buckeyes.

HAMILTON  — Colgate women’s hockey found themselves down 2-0 heading into the final frame on Saturday afternoon, but two third period goals were not enough as Ohio State eeked out a 3-2 overtime victory. The Raiders were unable to sweep this weekend’s pair of games against the #2/2 Buckeyes after winning Friday night’s matchup on a last-second goal from first-year Emma Pais. 

“It’s a great way to start the season with some big games for us,” first-year Assistant Coach Breanne Wilson-Bennett said. “Starting off with an opponent like that and splitting is great but we have to stick with the process and go back to work to get ready for next weekend.” 

The Raiders struggled to find their footing in the early going Saturday as the Buckeyes logged the first 12 shots of the game. At the midway point of the first period, Colgate had still yet to put a shot on goal while Ohio State was outshooting the home team 19-2. 

By the time the Buckeyes broke the scoring with a goal at 11:41 in the first period, they had put up 20 shots to Colgate’s two. The visitors held the momentum for the remainder of the first, which carried into the second frame when Colgate’s Gwen Eichfeld was sent to the box for holding with three seconds remaining in the period. 

Ohio State capitalized on the power play, doubling the lead just over a minute into the second. The Raiders began to settle in after logging five straight shots on a power play of their own, capped by a Sydney Morrow slapshot that clipped the frame and richiocheted just right of the net. The Raiders would go onto see two more power play opportunities in the second, but the Buckeyes successfully killed both penalities. 

Colgate rallied coming out of the second break, getting on the board quickly with Neena Brick’s first goal of the season coming from Madeline Palumbo and Ally Simpson. Colgate finally looked comfortable in the third period, applying constant pressure in their offensive zone while Hannah Murphy logged a new career-high 41 saves in goal. 

With just under two minutes left in regulation, a Colgate power play saw Kalty Kaltounkova slot her second goal of the season off of Danielle Serdachny’s second assist of the year and Brick’s second point of the night. With the score knotted at two, the overtime period didn’t last long as Ohio State hit the game winner two minutes into three-on-three action. 

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The loss drops Colgate to 1-1 on the season, but the Raiders are back in action next Friday at 6 p.m. for a date with the #11/11 Penn State Nittany Lions.

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