By Gloria Nantulya, Athletic Communications Assistant
(Hamilton, NY – Feb. 3, 2012) The Colgate women’s hockey team lit up Starr Rink with a 3-0 shutout win over ECAC Hockey opponent Union to celebrate the launch if its 2012 Autism Awareness Project.
Freshman Taylor Craig scored her first collegiate goal, which proved to be the game-winner, while sophomore Rachel Walsh tallied one goal and two assists and senior co-captain Amanda Kirwan scored the team’s third goal. Sophomore Shannon Doyle also added a pair of assists in the Raiders’ win.
Colgate (9-18-1, 4-12-1 ECAC Hockey) came out to an aggressive start, putting pressure on the Dutchwomen’s goalie as it fired numerous shots at net. The Raiders continued to create majority of the scoring opportunities as they moved the puck around the ice in their blue and black autism awareness jerseys. Midway through the period, things picked up for Colgate, resulting in its opening goal at the 12:25 mark. Walsh blasted the puck at the goalie, it rebounded to Craig who then then fired it into the top of the frame to record her first collegiate point.
Freshman Miriam Drubel was also credited with an assist. Less than two minutes later, the Raiders increased their lead to two goals in a similar fashion, this time during a power play with Doyle firing the puck at the frame and Walsh knocking the rebound off the goalie’s pads into the back of the net to give her team a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period. Junior Jenna Klynstra also had an assist. Colgate outshot Union 17-1 in the opening 20 minutes of play.
The second frame was not as fruitful for the Raiders. Both teams had eight shots on net but neither one could find a goal. Colgate was able to hold the Dutchwomen scoreless on two power play opportunities in the stanza, one of which had carried over from the first period.
After a scoreless second frame, both teams picked up the intensity as they fought to break the scoring drought from the previous period. Union held an 8-6 shooting advantage, courtesy of three extra skater opportunities in the period, however it was the Raiders that were able to find a power play goal in its only opportunity early in the stanza. Kirwan picked up a loose puck and then slipped it into the low right corner of the goal to eventually give her team the 3-0 shut-out win. Doyle and Walsh had assists in the goal.
Senior Kimberly Sass had 17 saves for Colgate in her third shut-out of the season while Shenae Lundberg had 28 stops for the Dutchwomen. The Raiders held Union scoreless on five power play opportunities while scoring on two of their four extra skater advantages.