St. Lawrence University sophomore defenseman Amanda Boulier snapped a 3-3 tie midway through the third period to give the Saints' women's hockey team a 4-3 ECAC Hockey victory over Brown University on Saturday afternoon in Providence, RI.
The Saints (13-8-1, 8-2-0) held a 3-0 lead in the second period, but saw Brown (3-11-1, 2-8-0) rally to tie the game early in the third period, setting up Boulier's dramatic game-winner.
"It's always close games for St. Lawrence teams when they visit Brown," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "We had a nice lead and they did a great job fighting back to tie it. We were fortunate to score one to get the win, as they had some great chances of their own."
St. Lawrence, which closed with a 34-26 advantage in shots on goal, held a 2-0 lead after the opening period. Junior Rylee Smith coverted a breakaway try on Brown goalie Katie Jamieson at 7:49 for her ninth of the year for a 1-0 lead. Senior Brooke Fernandez then roped a shot past Jamieson from the blue line only :44 seconds later for the 2-0 cushion. Abbey McRae and Boulier assisted on Fernandez's fifth of the year.
The Saints would extend their lead to 3-0 at the 11:55 mark of the second period, as Mel Desrochers tacked on her third of the season. Jessica Hon and Kayla Sullivan picked up helpers on the tally.
Though St. Lawrence and goaltender Carmen MacDonald appeared to be in cruise control with Jamieson chased from the contest after allowing the third goal, Brown would manufacture a comeback that started with a goal at 17:02 of the second off the stick of Sarah Robson. The goal capped the second period scoring with St. Lawrence on top 3-1.
That lead was erased by the 5:00 minute mark of the third period, though, as Alena Polenska and Lauren Vella scored at 2:55 and 4:34 for the Bears. Polenska's fourth of the year from Jessica Hoyle and Kelly Kittredge made it 3-2, while Vella beat MacDonald for her third of the season to knot the score.
With the game tied, each team had quality chances to take the lead, but it was Boulier who cashed in at 10:22 for the go-ahead goal on Brown's Aubree Moore. Smith and senior captain Kelly Sabatine assisted on what stood up as the game-winning goal.
Brown created several chances in the later stages of the stanza, but MacDonald was up to the task to protect her team's lead for the 4-3 victory. She closed with 23 saves in the game, while Moore made 18 in relief of Jamieson, who added 12 stops for Brown. Neither team was able to score on their power play chances (SLU 0-for-2, Brown 0-for-3).
St. Lawrence will head to Central New York next weekend for ECAC Hockey contests against nationally-ranked Cornell and Colgate on Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19.