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HAMILTON  –  The fifth matchup of a six-game home stand for the No. 3/3 ranked Raiders started fast and got out of hand in a hurry as Colgate shut out Mercyhurst, 7-0, on Friday night. A total of 10 different Raiders logged a point, including six multi-point performances, while first-years Madeline Palumbo and Avery Pickering notched their first collegiate scores. 

“It’s so much fun to be able to play with the players we have on this squad,” Pickering said. “We had a great team game today and did a lot of the little things right that allowed us to play the way we wanted to, which is always nice.”

After dominating possession and offensive zone time in the opening minutes, the Raiders were relentless in their attacks, putting a number of shots on frame and pressuring Mercyhurst goaltender Ena Nystrøm early and often. 

Halfway through the first, an interference penalty away from the puck put Colgate on the power play and they capitalized soon thereafter. A shot from the point off the stick of sophomore Elyssa Biederman spilled in front and was buried by senior Dara Greig to open the scoring.

Only a couple of minutes later, Biederman again crashed the net to put away goal number two for the Raiders. 

Colgate kept putting pucks on frame early, and it paid off with the two rebounded goals.

As the second period began, Mercyhurst came out strong looking to bounce back from the deficit. But another penalty put a halt to their momentum, and fifth-year Kaitlyn O’Donohoe potted the second power-play goal of the night for her 100th career point. O’Donohoe finished the contest with an impressive two goals and four points in the resounding win.

Pickering was next to join the goal-scoring party as she darted down the wall and drove to the net, scoring over the netminder’s left shoulder in a confident display of stick work in her first collegiate goal.

“I’m really excited to provide for all my teammates,” Pickering said. “It felt good to get the first one.”  

O’Donohoe would add another before the end of the second to chase Nystrøm from the net.

Pickering later scored her second career goal in the third frame, and fifth-year team captain Danielle Serdachny tacked on another tally to give the Raiders an emphatic victory at home.

Colgate finishes off the series and their home stand against Mercyhurst on Saturday at The Class of 1965 Arena looking to win their fourth straight.

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