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Colgate ladies’s hockey sweeps previous Syracuse – Utica Observer Dispatch

Ben Birnell
 
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For the second time in as many days, a strong third period helped propel the Colgate women’s hockey team to start the season.

The Raiders scored twice 41 seconds apart in the period to notch a 3-1 victory over Syracuse on Saturday at Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton to sweep a season-opening home-and-home nonconference series between the teams.

Colgate also got a pair of third-period goals Friday in the game at Syracuse to rally before New Hartford native and sophomore defender Sydney Bard quickly scored in overtime for her first college game-winning goal. 

Colgate, which outshot Syracuse 31-14 on Saturday, also swept two meetings over the Orange last season.

Saturday’s game was the first home competition for a Colgate team since college sports halted play during the second week of March at the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The hockey season usually starts in early October, but was delayed because of concerns with the pandemic.

Colgate is the first ECAC Hockey women’s hockey team to play games during what will be a significantly altered 2020-21 season. The conference is down to four schools from its usual 12 after a total of eight teams that are members of the conference have opted not to play winter sports.

On Saturday, Colgate and Syracuse traded goals less than five minutes into the game before things settled down.

In the third period, Colgate had a strong penalty kill before Rosy Demers got a short breakaway and backhanded in her first goal with 7:40 remaining. Then, Eleri MacKay found room in the slot for her second goal of the game.

Colgate freshman goaltender Kayle Osborne was solid again to pick up her second win. She had 13 saves in both games.

Colgate has two nonconference games scheduled next week against Connecticut-based Sacred Heart at Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton. No fans are allowed at the games because of the pandemic, the school said. A full schedule has not be released by Colgate for either the women’s or men’s team.

Ben Birnell is a sports reporter for the Observer-Dispatch. For unlimited access to his stories, please subscribe at the top of the uticaod.com homepage or activate your digital account today. Email Ben Birnell at bbirnell@gannett.com.

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