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Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey advances to ECAC Semifinals

Credit: Scott Kinville

The number one seed Colgate Raiders Women’s Hockey Team defeated the eighth seed Brown Bears 5-1 on Saturday afternoon, completing a two-game sweep of their ECAC Tournament Quarterfinals matchup. The Raiders will now host a one-game semifinal matchup on Friday against the lowest surviving seed of the other quarterfinals.

The home team dominated the first period in front of their crowd at the Class of 1965 Arena, outshooting the visiting Bears 18-4. Brown Goaltenders Kaley Doyle of Brown and Colgate’s Hannah Murphy turned aside all of the shots they faced and the teams went into the first intermission with the score tied at zero.

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Colgate broke through at just 1:49 into the second period, when Elyssa Biederman tipped an Allyson Simpson point shot past Doyle and in. After the Biederman goal, the Raiders continued their shot barrage – totaling 22 for the period. Doyle did her best to stem the tide, but the Raiders added to their lead with 29.5 seconds left in the frame. Sydney Morrow fired a laser of a shot off the iron and in from the left circle to give Colgate a 2-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

Colgate’s Kalty Kaltounková (#98) battles Meadow Carman (#8) while Kaley Doyle (#39) guards her net during Saturday afternoon’s game. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The score was much closer than it should have been after two periods as the Raiders dominated possession, zone time, and shots goal, as they held a 40-6 advantage at that point.

Allyson Simpson’s power-play goal with 7:26 remaining in the third period gave the Raiders a commanding 3-0 lead. Brown answered back with a power play goal of their own just 14 seconds later when Cameron Sikich’s point shot found its way past Murphy, but it was too little, too late. Captain Danielle Serdachny set up rookie Emma Pais for a goal from the slot with 5:44 left to restore the three-goal lead. Neena Brick tipped a Biederman shot from the top of the right circle into an empty Brown net with 1:22 left to seal the 5-1 victory.

The Raiders will host an ECAC Tournament Semifinal game on Friday against the lowest-seeded winner of the remaining tournament matchups. For more information, visit https://ecachockey.com.

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