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Raiders Earn First ECAC Win of the Season

A 4-3 victory against RPI kicks off Raider’s road trip.

TROY, N.Y. – Colgate women’s hockey survived a physical ECAC road test on Friday night, defeating Rensselaer, 4-3, behind four multi-point performances. The win is the fifth straight for head coach Greg Fargo’s group which has not lost to RPI since 2015. 

“It was a really great effort by both teams tonight,” junior Neena Brick said. “But we stuck to our game plan and played hard until the final buzzer to get the outcome we wanted.” 

Sydney Morrow and the first-year duo of Madeline Palumbo and Kaia Malachino joined Brick as the Raider’s multi-point producers for the evening. While Malachino notched her first-career goal, Brick’s three-point outing comes as part of her 11-game scoring streak dating back to last season. Colgate needed every point they could to edge out the Engineers on the road despite outshooting the home team 70-42. 

The Raiders seemingly had the game under control early, putting up 22 quick shots in the first 20 minutes including Sydney Morrow’s second goal of the season at the 14-minute mark. Her backhanded snipe was the lone score of the opening period and sent Colgate into the first break with a comfortable 22-10 shots advantage and a one-goal lead. 

The visitors continued applying pressure to Engineers, peppering netminder Amanda Rampado with 10 unanswered shots to open the second frame, capped by Brick’s fourth goal of the season. 

RPI weathered the storm, however, surging back with a goal less than a minute later to cut the advantage in half. They would go on to dominate puck possession for the remainder of the second while outshooting the Raiders 13-10, netting the equalizer with three minutes left in the stanza. 

Malachino’s first-career goal came off the assists from Brick and Palumbo, but RPI again drew even with a score of their own just two minutes later. 

The Raiders were able to break through again in the third after earning a power-play opportunity just over the halfway point of the period. With the helper from Morrow, senior Dara Greig slotted Colgate’s 11th power-play goal of the season, the second-highest man-up goal total in the country. 

RPI would go on another penalty kill with only four minutes remaining, but survived the two minutes and went to an empty net for the last 90 seconds of action. Senior Kayle Osborne stood tall between the pipes for the Raiders, making four of her 22 saves in the last forty seconds to secure Colgate’s first ECAC win of the season. 

UP NEXT 

The Raiders (6-1-0, 1-0 ECAC) continue their road trip with a 3 p.m. puck drop against the Union Garnett Chargers (4-6-1, 1-1-1 ECAC) tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 28, in Schenectady, N.Y.

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