Simpson’s OT Winner Lifts #9 Colgate over #7 Quinnipiac


Photos: Kaylyn Terry

Conor Armstrong

Hours before a weekend snowstorm, the Quinnipiac Bobcats women’s ice hockey team fell to the Colgate Raiders 4-3 in overtime on Friday night at the People’s United Center.  

The scoring in this heavyweight battle got off to a quick start. Just 2:30 into the game, sophomore forward Dara Greig buried a loose puck in the crease to give Colgate an early 1-0 lead. The goal was Greig’s 16th of the season. Kalty Kaltounkova and Danielle Serdachny recorded assists on the play.  

Nearly three minutes later, the Bobcats responded with a goal from Minnesota native Nina Steigauf, her team leading 12th goal of the campaign. Quinnipiac’s first goal of the night was assisted by Kendall Cooper and Maddy Samoskevich

Quinnipiac took the lead less than two minutes later, as Cooper registered her second point of the night and third goal of the season. The Bobcats led 2-1 after one period of play. 

Colgate tied the game late in the second period on a goal by freshman forward Neena Brick, as she backhanded a shot past Bobcats goaltender Corinne Schroeder

With the score knotted at two past the halfway point of the third period, South Carolina native Kaitlyn O’Donohoe lit the lamp for her seventh goal of the year, giving the Raiders a 3-2 lead. 

The lead didn’t last for long, as the Bobcats answered back just thirteen seconds later on a goal by junior forward Jess Schryver. Junior forward Sadie Peart had a strong drive to the net, which enabled Schryver to pounce on the rebound and get the Bobcats even. 

The game went into overtime with a 3-3 score, and Colgate had the final blow, as junior defender Allyson Simpson received a pass from Serdachny and found the back of the net, winning the game for the Raiders. 

Despite the tough loss, head coach Cass Turner was proud of her team’s effort and mental toughness. 

“If you told me that we would get four out of six points from Colgate, I would say we are probably pretty happy with it,” Turner said. “Overall, the character, the commitment and the fight to keep battling back was really impressive and showed a lot of mental toughness today.”

The Bobcats will look to earn their 18th win of the season on Sunday, Jan. 30 at noon, as they will host the Cornell Big Red in the annual “Do It For Daron Mental Health Awareness” game.