Fernandez’s late goal gives Saints women weekend sweep of UNH
Senior defenseman Brooke Fernandez's first goal of the season snapped a 1-1 tie with 5:17 remaining in regulation and propelled the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team a 2-1 victory and a weekend sweep of the University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center on Saturday.
The Saints (4-5-0), now winners of four in a row, outshot the Wildcats 37-21. Meanwhile, UNH (3-6-0) were kept in the game by goaltender Marie-Even Jean in her first outing of the season, making 35 saves in the contest."This was another good up-and-down game with UNH," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "They're a fun team to match up with and a great place to play."
The Saints had a convincing 13-5 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, but came away empty thanks to Jean's effort between the pipes. Though the visitors would also hold the edge in shots in the second period, 12-7, it was the Wildcats who struck first for a 1-0 lead. Brittney Redlick opened the game's scoring at 6:08 of the stanza, beating Carmen MacDonald for her first goal of the year, with a helper going to Caroline Broderick.
St. Lawrence would tie the game at 1-1 only 4:12 later, as rookie Kailee Heidersbach scored for the third straight game. Senior captain Kelly Sabatine picked up an assist, as did sophomore defenseman Jessa McAuliffe.
The goaltenders owned the remainder of the period and much of the third, as near misses and big saves kept the game knotted at 1-1. However, the Saints' pressure finally led to a lead, as Fernandez took a feed from Rylee Smith and beat Jean late in the third for the 2-1 advantage. Sabatine also had a helper on what proved to be the game-winning goal.
The Wildcats' hopes of tying the game in the final minutes were dashed on a holding call against Jessica Hitchcock, which gave St. Lawrence a power play for the final 1:40 of regulation.
MacDonald closed with 20 saves in the game to earn the victory, while both teams finished 0-for-5 on the power play.
"We are starting to get contributions from the entire team in many areas," added Coach Wells. "We will enjoy this weekend on the trip home and start getting ready for two league games next weekend."
The Saints will look to get back to .500 on the season when they host Brown University on Friday, November 9 at 7:00pm.