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Prospect Pipeline - Zafuto Off To Strong Start In Final Season At Colgate

By Reid Nichols, 11/15/18, 4:30PM EST

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Draft Prospect Profile - Olivia Zafuto


PHOTO BY BOB CORNELL/COLGATE ATHLETICS

Olivia Zafuto is a defender from Niagara Falls, New York, playing for Colgate University. Before going to Colgate, Zafuto attended Nichols School and played high school hockey for the Nichols Vikings. While at Nichols, Zafuto helped the team win the North American Prep Hockey Association (NAPHA) Championship and the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) for four consecutive years from 2012-2015. She was recognized with NAPHA first team all-league honors in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, as a senior, she captained the Vikings while also earning a Western New York Scholar Athlete Honorable Mention and being named team MVP. For club hockey, Zafuto started out with the Buffalo Bison where she finished third at Tier I nationals at the U14 and U16 levels. As a U19, Zafuto made the switch to the Niagara Purple Eagles.

As a freshman at Colgate, Zafuto recorded a very respectable 21 points in 38 games in her rookie season. Her 21 points came off 7 goals and 14 assists. She also had 120 shots on net, good for second on the team. Defensively, she recorded 14 blocked shots. Her sophomore year, her point total decreased a bit, mostly due to her reduction in assists. While she scored seven goals for the second straight year, her assist total dipped to 9. However, she improved in blocked shots as she more than doubled her freshman year total with 38. Also, she had 115 shots on net throughout the season, including an impressive 12-shot performance against Harvard. Academically, Zafuto was named to the Colgate Raider Academic Honor Roll.

Last year, as a junior, Zafuto broke out for 33 points in 41 games. Her 33 points (11 goals and 22 assists) were good for third-most among all defenders in the nation. She continued to get the puck on net with a total of 133 shots. Additionally, she continued to improve upon her blocked shots total as she registered 53 blocks.

In the postseason, Zafuto helped lead Colgate to the national championship game, where Colgate lost a very close matchup to ECAC Hockey foe Clarkson in overtime. Her assist and game-winning goal in the NCAA Quarterfinal against Northeastern propelled Colgate to the Frozen Four. Zafuto was awarded for her efforts in the postseason when she was named to the All-NCAA Tournament Team. She was also named to the Raider Academic Honor Roll at the end of the year, for the second consecutive year.

Zafuto has started off her senior year strong with 9 points in 12 games thus far. She will graduate at the end of the school year with a degree in Psychology.

Top Seniors of the Week

Tess Bracken (F), Dartmouth College

  • Bracken recorded four points across Dartmouth’s three-game week, helping them to one win and one tie. On Tuesday’s midweek victory over Vermont, Bracken scored two goals. She scored the only goal of the first period and then potted the game-winner on the power play early in the third period. Bracken also had seven shots on net and a plus-one rating. In a 5-1 loss versus RIT on Friday, Bracken scored Dartmouth’s only goal of the game. It put Dartmouth up 1-0, the only lead Dartmouth would have in the game. Bracken also registered another seven shots on net. On Saturday, Bracket added an assist and nine shots on net in Dartmouth’s 2-2 tie versus RIT.

Kassidy Anderson (D), Northeastern University

  • Anderson registered four points this weekend, helping Northeastern sweep Hockey East opponent UNH. On Friday’s 3-0 win, Anderson had one assist, six shots on net, and a plus-two rating. The next day, Anderson had one goal, two assists, six shots on net, and a plus-two rating. Her goal came on the power play and her second assist came on the game-winning goal in Northeastern’s 5-3 victory.

Kira Bombay (G), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Bombay backstopped RPI to two wins this weekend against ECAC Hockey opponents Brown and Yale. On Friday, Bombay shut out Brown in a low-scoring 1-0 win. She registered 18 saves in the win. Bombay faced a bit more action on Saturday in a 2-1 win versus Yale. She made 29 saves and allowed just one goal. Overall, Bombay finished the weekend with a stellar 0.50 goals-against average and a 0.979 save percentage.

Madison Myers (G), Providence College

  • Myers helped lead Providence to two Hockey East wins this weekend. In a 3-1 win versus Maine on Friday, Myers saved 23 out of 24 shots faced. After allowing the first goal early in the first period, Myers shut the door and did not let in another goal all weekend. In a 2-0 win versus Vermont on Sunday, Myers earned the 24 save shutout. Myers ended with weekend with a 0.50 goals-against average and a 0.979 save percentage.

Recognitions

  • Tess Bracken was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week this week as she had a point in each of Dartmouth’s the games. She scored the game-winning goal in Dartmouth’s one win of the week against Vermont on Tuesday and ended the week with four points.
  • Kira Bombay was named the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the week after leading RPI to a sweep of ECAC opponents over the weekend. She finished the weekend having saved 48 out of 49 shots faced for a save percentage of 0.979.
  • Madison Myers was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week after allowing just one goal for Providence in two wins. She is currently second in the nation in goals-against average with a 1.00 GAA.