In looking to build a strong second run towards the College Hockey America postseason, the Syracuse Orange had a contest filled with numerous milestones. Hosting the Colgate Raiders from the ECAC, Emily Auerbacher, Kallie Billadeau and Shiann Darkangelo reached new heights in Orange hockey history.
With a first period that saw the Orange outshoot the Raiders by a 10-7 mark, Emily Auerbacher logged the first NCAA goal of her career. Scoring at the 4:16 mark, it was an unassisted goal that found its way past Raiders rookie netminder Ashlynne Rando.
Heading into the second stanza, the flood gates opened for the Orange as they notched four unanswered goals. At the 1:05 mark, Darkangelo extended the lead for Syracuse with the assist credited to Brittany Krebs. Less than three minutes later, Krebs found herself on the scoresheet as she logged an unassisted goal.
Melissa Piacentini and Danielle Leslie assisted on the second goal scored by Darkangelo in the period. Said goal was logged at 9:12 as Colgate faced a 3-0 deficit.
A mere 20 seconds later, Darkangelo scored an unassisted goal as she became the first Orange player to log a hat trick this season. In accomplishing the feat, she became the first player in Syracuse women’s hockey history to have logged two career hat tricks.
As Brittney Brooks replaced Rando between the pipes for the Raiders, Syracuse enjoyed a 5-0 lead. The final frame would result in no comeback for the Raiders as Syracuse added another goal. Jacquie Greco would score the final goal of the night at the 9:14 mark.
Despite the six-goal output, Syracuse was unable to capitalize on three power play opportunities.
Of note, the shutout for Billadeau was the fifth of the season and the seventh in her career, all program marks. Darkangelo, Billadeau and Krebs were named the Three Stars of the Game.
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