ROCHESTER, NY – The RIT women’s hockey team is back in action with a pair of games this weekend. On Friday, the Tigers travel to Colgate to play the Raiders at 7 p.m. The following afternoon, RIT returns home to face CHA rival Syracuse on Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m.
RIT (4-3-1, 1-2-1 AHA) was off last weekend. Last time out, RIT earned three of a possible four points on the road at CHA foe Penn State on Oct. 25-26, winning 4-1 and skating to a 2-2 tie. Senior forward Kim Schlattman (Stratford, Ontario/St. Michael’s Catholic) is just six points shy from becoming the ninth player in the history of the program to record 100 career points. A handful of Tigers are coming up on 100 career games played. Goaltender Ali Binnington (Oakville, Ontario) is tied for seventh nationally with two shutouts. The Tigers are 4-1-1 over their last six games, outscoring opponents 21-7, with a pair of shutouts over that time frame. RIT has received balanced scoring this season, as 10 players have between five and six points. Eleven different Tigers have a goal this season.
Colgate (2-7-1, 0-3-1 ECAC) enters Friday’s game looking to snap a four-game winless streak. Last weekend, they lost to Quinnipiac on Friday, 2-1, and skated to a 3-3 draw against Princeton on Saturday. Ashlynne Rando made 36 saves in the loss on Friday, while Brittany Phillips scored the Raiders lone goal. On Saturday, Phillips scored a pair of goals in the tie. Philips and Brittany Klynstra lead the team in scoring with seven points apiece. Colgate has been outscored 42-15 this season. In net, Rando and Susan Allen have split time. Rando is 1-3-1 with a 3.60 goals against average and .892 save percentage, while Allen is 1-4-0 with a 4.11 goals against average and .883 save percentage.
RIT is 13-1-2 against Colgate, with the last meeting between the two teams coming in the 2000-01 season.
Syracuse (5-5-0, 2-0-0 CHA) earned a split last weekend on the road at Union, winning by a score of 2-1 on Friday, then lost 4-2 on Saturday. Allie LaCombe scored the game-winning goal in the third period and Katie Billadeau made 27 saves on Friday. On Saturday, Holly Carrie-Mattimoe and Nicole Ferrara scored for the Orange. Laurie Kingsbury and Ferrara lead the team in scoring with nine points apiece. Syracuse is outscoring its opponents, 29-21. In net, Billadeau has seen the bulk of action and is 4-2-0 with a 1.38 goals against average and .940 save percentage.
RIT and Syracuse have never met before. It will be the first of four meetings between the two schools this season. The Orange are in their fifth season as a Division I program.