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Raiders win seventh straight contest behind Elyssa Biederman’s three-point outing

Credit: Brian Miller | Colgate Athletics

#4 Raiders Shutout Big Green, 5-0

HAMILTON – Colgate registered its seventh consecutive victory on Saturday afternoon, handling the Big Green, 5-0, on the backs of 11 different point scorers. Sophomore Elyssa Biederman and senior Kristýna Kaltounková combined for five points, while first-year Jaimee Spring potted the first goal of her collegiate career. 

“It was such a cool experience getting my first goal,” Spring said. “Having all my teammates run up to me and cheer me on was so special. I love this team and I’m so excited to see what we can do as we look towards the end of the season.” 

Colgate scored once in every period, starting with Neena Brick at the 11:43 mark of the first frame. The junior continued her six-game point streak by cashing in on a rebound from Madeline Palumbo’s saved shot. 

The Raiders were unable to add to their lead after the visitors killed two penalties in the opening stanza, but Emma Pais cashed in on their third power play chance to give Colgate a two-goal advantage after 20 minutes.  

Spring started the second when she fired a missile from just feet inside the blue line, beating the Big Green netminder far post for her first-career goal. A physical slugfest ensued, with a combined six penalties being called in the remaining 40 minutes.

However, Biederman was able to fight through contact when she picked up her second point of the night, a tap-in goal set up by a Kaltounkova miss, in the waning moments of the second period. 

The pair traded roles for the only score of the third, with Biederman and Greig picking up helpers on Kaltounkova’s NCAA-leading 49th point of the season. 

In net for the Raiders, junior Hannah Murphy logged 20 saves in her 14th career shutout. She now holds the record for most career shutouts, breaking the mark previously held by Rebecca Lahar (’05). 

Colgate is on the road for a pivotal pair of ECAC clashes against Clarkson and St. Lawrence, who sit behind the Raiders in second and third place, respectively, in league standings. Puck drop against the Golden Knights on Friday is slated for 6 p.m. with a 3 p.m. start time against the Saints on Saturday afternoon. 

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