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The #5 Colgate Raiders rout Syracuse on Tuesday

The fifth-ranked Colgate Raiders (18-3-1 overall, 9-1-0 ECAC) hosted the Syracuse Orange (4-15-2, 1-6-1 CHA) on Tuesday for a special “Kids Day” game at the Class of 1965 Arena. Children from various school districts in the area packed the rink and provided a thunderous and enthusiastic cheering section for the home team. The Raiders did not disappoint their young fans and sent them home happy with a 12-0 victory.

Tuesday’s match-up was a rematch of a December 5th game in Syracuse between the teams which Colgate won 9-0. This would be the first game back from the end-of-the-semester- break for the Orange.

The Raiders already had four games under their belt going Tuesday’s game since returning from their end-of-the-semester break. They were coming off a weekend filled with mixed emotions. On Friday night, they defeated the #10 St. Lawrence Saints 7-3. The next afternoon they dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to the #4 Clarkson Golden Knights. Both games were at the Class of 1965 Arena.

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Colgate came out with a vengeance and had the Syracuse defense under siege almost immediately. At only 2:47 in the first period, the Raiders opened the scoring on the power play when Kalty Kaltounková put a rebound off her shot past Syracuse goaltender Allie Kelley. It was Kaltounková’s nation-leading tenth goal on the power play.

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The Raiders added to their lead under two and a half minutes later when Dara Greig darted into the slot and beat Kelley with a backhand shot. Kaia Malachino scored her first of two goals in the game with 1:18 remaining in the period when she put a loose puck past a sprawled-out Kelley. After an official review, the goal stood and the home team went into the intermission with a three-goal. That lead could have been much larger were it not for the efforts of Allie Kelley, who did all she could do to keep the Orange in the game.

Colgate blew the game open in the second period with a five-goal explosion. Dara Greig started the barrage when she tipped an Allyson Simpson shot past Kelley at 8:17. Forward Kas Betinol then struck for two of her four goals on the day. With nine minutes left in the middle frame, she put a rebound off a Tessa Holk shot in the back of the net. Four and a half minutes later, she took a feed from Sara Stewart and wired a shot from the right circle into the top left corner of the net. After Betinol’s second goal, Syracuse Head Coach Britni Smith replaced Kelley with Amelia Van Vilet.

Kas Betinol’s second goal of the game on Tuesday. Video credit: Scott Kinville.

Despite the goaltender change, the Raiders kept pouring it on. They welcomed Van Vilet to the game with a Sydney Morrow goal on the first shot the new Syracuse goaltender faced. The home team then put an exclamation point on the period with one-second remaining. Allyson Simpson fired a shot from the top of the left circle that Van Vilet got some, but not enough of, as the puck trickled over the goal line and into the net.

With an 8-0 lead going into the third period, Colgate Head Coach Greg Fargo made a goaltending change. After making eleven saves, Hannah Murphy gave way to Averill McCorkle. The new goaltender stopped the only shot she faced in the period.

Kalty Kaltounková (#98) had one goal and three assists on Tuesday against Syracuse. Photo credit: Scott Kinville.

The Raider offense picked right up where it left off. Twenty-five seconds after the opening face-off, Betinol completed the hat trick when she tapped in a backhand pass from Morrow. Seven minutes later the Raiders hit double digits on the scoreboard. Kaltounková set up Malachino in the slot who finished the play for her second goal of the game.

With a ten-goal lead, Colgate added two more. Sydney Bard fed a pass to Gwen Eichfeld who ripped a shot past Van Vilet for a power-play goal at the 10:46 mark. The final goal of the game was three minutes later when Betinol scored her career-best fourth goal of the game. Sara Stewart won a faceoff right to Betinol, who blasted a shot into the Syracuse net from the top of the circles.

The Raiders will now face #9 Cornell in a home-in-home series. The Raiders and Big Red will square off in Ithaca on Friday night, and then again in Hamilton on Saturday afternoon. For more information about Colgate Raiders hockey, visit https://colgateathletics.com.

The Orange will now play a pair of games at CHA rival Mercyhurst on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. For more information about Syracuse Orange hockey, visit https://cuse.com.

Game notes: Colgate outshot Syracuse 60-12…Colgate was 2/4 on the power play, while Syracuse was 0/2…Kas Betinol (four goals), Kaia Malachino (two goals and two assists), Kalty Kaltounková and Allyson Simpson (one goal and three assists each), and Sara Stewart (four assists) led Colgate in scoring…Sydney Morrow (one goal and two assists), Elyssa Biederman (three assists), Dara Greig (two goals), Sydney Bard, and Tessa Holk (two assists), also had multiple-point games…Syracuse’s Tatum White led all skaters in face-off wins with fourteen.

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