Colgate Outpowers Yale on Senior Day

Colgate Outpowers Yale on Senior Day

HAMILTON -- For the third straight game, No. 4 Colgate was able to keep its opponent off the board. The Raiders downed Yale on 2-0, to pick up their 11th weekend sweep of the season as they honored their seven-member senior class.
 
Similar to Friday's game against Brown, the Raiders had several good looks on net in the first period, but entered the intermission knotted at zero.
 
Yale's Greta Skarzynski was called for a hooking penalty with 18:06 left in the second. Nine seconds later, Bailey Larson netted the Raiders first goal of the afternoon to give them the 1-0 lead.
 
Just over four minutes later, Wilson-Bennett added Colgate's second goal of the afternoon. The Markham, Ontario, native collected a rebound in front of the net and slipped it past Yale's goaltender Tera Hofmann.
 
The Raiders held Yale to just 14 shots, while throwing 46 shots on net. This marks the fourth consecutive game that they have recorded 45 or more shots and held their opponents to 22 or fewer.
 
Julia Vandyk was masterful on the 14 shots she faced, denying the Bulldogs the back of the net. The Cambridge, Ontario, native improved her save percentage to .934 and lowered her goals allowed average to 1.51.
 
Following the game, the Raiders honored their seven seniors with a short ceremony to recognize a few of the many accomplishments this class has achieved. Colgate's seven seniors are Kaila PinkneyShelby PerryMegan SullivanEllie DeCaprioBreanne Wilson-BennettAnnika Zalewski and Lauren Wildfang. It won't be their final home game as the Raiders will host the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals at Class of 1965 Arena.
 
BOTTOM LINE
Colgate 2, Yale 0
 
WIN/LOSS RECORD
Colgate improves to 27-4-1 and 17-3-0 in ECAC Hockey play. Yale drops to 9-14-4 and 7-11-2 in conference play.
 
KEY RAIDER INFO
-Colgate's senior class is the winningest graduating class in program history with 78 wins.
-For the second time this season, the Raiders recorded three straight shutouts. Prior to this season, Colgate had only accomplished the feat once before this season in the 2001-02, their first at the Division I level, when they recorded four consecutive shutouts.
-The Raiders have 17 wins at the Class of 1965 Arena, the most home wins of any team in the nation.
-This is Colgate's eighth shutout, setting the program record for most shutouts in a single season.
 
FACTS AND FIGURES
-Larson scored her eighth goal of the season, extending her point streak to seven games.
-Larson also added her 16th assist of the season, putting her at 24 points.
-With an assist on Larson's goal, Olivia Zafuto increases her point streak to seven games, as well.
-Jessie Eldridge also was credited with an assist on the goal, giving her 17 this season.
-Wilson-Bennett improved her point streak to seven games as she netted her 12th goal.
-Sullivan tallied an assist, putting her at 10 this season.
-Vandyk picked up her fourth shutout, tied with Liz Auby for the most on the team.
 
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Greg Fargo
"This team has scoring depth up and down the lineup and yet we have a group that's committed to playing the right way away from the puck. To only give up 14 looks tonight, and only 11 in the 5-on-5, that's a testament to how hard we are off the puck and just being on the right side of their players. Good things happen when we come with that."
 
"After the first it's tied nothing-nothing. It's easy to get frustrated in those situations, but we had some great looks. It could have easily been three or four to nothing at that point. So, we were pleased with how we were playing, and even thought we could dial it up a bit more and we did that. Things don't always go your way. Things aren't always perfect. We just continued to fight and made two really great plays to score in the second period."
 
"This senior class is a special group for me. In a lot of ways, they took a chance on coming to Colgate. We didn't have the winning record when they arrived. They more so than anybody changed it as a group. Not just with the on-ice results, but also with the culture. The way they went about themselves throughout their four years – looking to pull others with them, making sure we're doing the right things everyday. I think it's just a testament to the group overall. When you do things right, good things come of it. I just can't say enough. They've paved the way for the future."

UP NEXT
The Colgate women's ice hockey team hits the road for the final weekend of the regular season when they take on Rensselaer Friday night at 6 p.m. at Houston Field House followed by a 3 p.m. battle with the Union Dutchwomen at Messa Rink on Saturday.