Colgate outlasts women’s hockey 3-2 in opener

By: Matt Neiser

Hockey is a game of inches sometimes, and that has never been more apparent than it was during tonight’s matchup between the Northeastern and Colgate women’s hockey teams. A frantic comeback from the Huskies fell short after two near misses, one sitting right on the line of the goal and the other pinging off the crossbar, refused to find their way into the back of the net.

The game started inauspiciously for the Huskies, as an early shot by Jessie Eldridge (3) snuck by goaltender Aerin Frankel less than two minutes into the game, giving the Raiders a 1-0 lead. From there, most of the first period was dominated by Colgate, whose defense shone throughout the gamy by blocking shots and preventing the Huskies from any sort of sustained offensive attack.

In a bad case of deja vu, the Raiders again scored just over a minute into the second period through Eleri MacKay (1). Down 2-0, the Huskies finally found a foothold in the game, sustaining some decent attacking for much of the frame. With just over two minutes to go, senior Kasidy Anderson (3) slotted a shot home on the break, reducing the deficit to one.

A hectic third period saw Colgate widen the lead to 3-1 off the stick of Malia Schneider (1) halfway through, only to be matched by Veronika Pettey’s third of the season three minutes later. What ensued was an offensive onslaught from Northeastern, putting everything into finding an equalizer. Anderson showed her true ability during this stretch, weaving around players and firing dangerous shots on net (including the two mentioned above). Try as they might, the Huskies were unable to hit paydirt and the game ended 2-2.

The two teams meet again tomorrow, 10/13, at 3 P.M. as Northeastern will look to avenge tonight’s loss. Justin Littman and Mack Krell will be on the call.

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