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No. 5 Colgate Stages Comeback to Beat Yale 4-3

Kaitlin Gately. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kaitlin Gately. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Yale women's ice hockey team entered the third period Friday night at Class of 1965 Arena in line for an upset, holding a 3-2 lead against unbeaten No. 5 Colgate. But after killing off a penalty early in the third the Raiders scored twice later in the frame and eventually killed off another penalty at the end to seal a 4-3 win.

Yale (4-2-1, 2-2-1 ECAC Hockey) had the lead twice in this game, starting with a goal from senior forward Phoebe Staenz (assisted by senior forward Krista Yip-Chuck and junior forward Eden Murray) just 3:19 in. That was Staenz' sixth goal in the last three games.

Colgate (11-0-1, 4-0-0 ECAC Hockey) eventually tied the game 1-1 on a power play later in the first, then went ahead 2-1 early in the second. But the Bulldogs answered with two goals in a span of less than 90 seconds -- one from Yip-Chuck (assisted by Staenz and junior defenseman Mallory Souliotis) and one from sophomore forward Jordan Chancellor (assisted by junior forward Kaitlin Gately and junior forward Brittany Wheeler).

The score stayed 3-2 Yale until Colgate forward Jessie Eldridge scored at 7:52 of the third, her second goal of the game. Defenseman Cat Quirion's goal at 14:41 proved to be the game-winner.

Colgate netminder Julia Vandyk stopped 24 of 27 Yale shots, while Yale freshman goaltender Tera Hofmann made 29 saves on 33 shots.

Yale plays at Cornell Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity)