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#3 Colgate Raiders dominant in win over #11 Penn St.

Credit: Scott Kinville.

Kalty Kaltounková’s hat trick leads the third-ranked Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team to a 6-2 victory over eleventh-ranked Penn St.

The Colgate Raiders have opened their 2023-24 season in a very challenging manner. Last weekend, they split a pair of games with the second-ranked Ohio St Buckeyes. The national voters were impressed with what they saw out of the Raiders, as Colgate rose from four to three in both the USCHO and USA Today rankings.

On Friday night, another tough opponent rolled into the Class of 1965 Arena for the first of two games. The eleventh-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, last season’s CHA champions are the second consecutive ranked opponent the Raiders will face.

Lead by senior Kalty Kaltounkovás hat trick, the Raiders made it look easy as they took down the Nittany Lions 6-2. Kaltounková now has five goals on the young season and leads the team in points with seven.

“We had some really good chemistry going on my line and on the power play, too,” Kaltounková commented about her team’s performance. “Their goalie gave us some rebounds that we were able to put in the net but it was a great team effort. We always work really hard and it showed tonight.”

Colgate’s Dara Greig (#77) plays the puck behind the Penn St. net during Friday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Kaltounková scored the first of her three goals at the 7:16 mark of the first period when put a loose puck in front of the Penn St. net past Nittany Lions goaltender Josie Bothun. Just over two minutes later, she drew an assist on Danielle Serdachny’s power-play goal to give the home team a 2-0 lead.

Penn St. got one back with 2:11 remaining in the first period when Lyndie Lobdell’s wrist shot beat Colgate goaltender Kayle Osborne on the blocker side, rang off of the left post, and into the net.

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The Raiders scored the only goal of the second period when Bothun mishandled a puck allowing Neena Brick to put a loose puck past the surprised goaltender. Brick’s goal came on the power play and was the second of three Colgate goals with an extra skater.

Colgate’s Neena Brick carries the puck out of her team’s end during Friday night’s game against Penn St. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

With a 3-1 lead heading into the third period, Kaltounková and the Raiders proceeded to put the game away. The home team went up 4-1 at 1:41 into the third period on a power play goal by Kaltounková. The Nittany Lions got within two approximately three minutes later on an unassisted goal by Karley Garcia, but that would be all they would get.

Colgate goaltender Kayle Osborne reaches back to keep the puck from going over the goal line during Friday night’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

Kaltounková completed her hat trick at the 8:20 mark when she tapped in a rebound off a shot from linemate Dara Greig. She then assisted on a goal by Greig on a beautiful tic-tac-toe play with just under four minutes remaining to close out the scoring.

The Colgate Raider’s sixth goal was a beautiful tic-tac-toe play between Kalty Kaltounková, Elyssa Biederman, and Dara Greig. Video credit: Scott Kinville.

“It was a good team win tonight,” Colgate Assistant Coach Stefan Decosse said after the game. “From our goalie out, we got contributions from everyone in all three zones, and our special teams had a real impact tonight. We’re looking forward to competing again tomorrow afternoon.”

Kaltounková was already looking forward to Saturday afternoon’s game as well.

“We’re going to try and build on it again tomorrow. We want to continue to come out fast and strong to not let them dictate the pace of the game. We want to keep working hard, playing together, and having fun out there on the ice.”

The teams meet again on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Class of 1965 Arena. For more information about Colgate Raiders hockey, visit https://colgateathletics.com.

Game notes: Colgate improves their record to 2-1-0, while Penn St. falls to 1-3-1…Colgate outshot Penn St. 41-27…Colgate was 3 for 6 on the power play, while Penn St. was 0 for 3…Kaltounková led all scorers with 5 points (3 goals and 2 assists). Allyson Simpson (3 assists), Dara Greig (1 goal and 1 assist), and Danielle Serdachny (1 goal and 1 assist) also had multiple points for Colgate…Kaltounková led Colgate in shots with 7, while Tessa Janecke led Penn St. in shots with 5…Colgate’s Kayle Osborne made 25 saves in net to pick up her second victory of the season.

In this episode, our featured guest is the Head Coach of the third-ranked Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team, Greg Fargo! We chat about the Colgate recruiting process and their new players, the return of Breanne Wilson Bennett to the program, the Ohio St. series, the upcoming Penn St. series, and the season ahead! Also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Amazon.

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