Four-goal third period pushes Saints past Bulldogs, 5-1
The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team scored four goals in the third period en route to a 5-1 ECAC Hockey victory over Yale University at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, CT on Friday night.
St. Lawrence, which had five different players score in the contest, improves to 12-8-1 (7-2-0) while the Bulldogs fall to 2-13-1 (1-6-1) after being outshot at home, 42-19."We were able to find our way through the game and played our best period of the night in the third," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "Our scoring has been very well-balanced over the last few months. It's nice to get two more points in the standings as we head to Providence."
First-year student Abbey McRae's 11th goal of the season came at 14:01 of the first period on Yale goalie Erin Callahan with junior Rylee Smith picking up the assist. Though St. Lawrence would continue to apply offensive pressure on the Bulldogs throughout the rest of the first and second periods, Callahan made 26 saves through two stanzas to keep Yale in the game.
Senior defenseman Brooke Fernandez would add a key insurance goal at 6:41 of the third period to finally give the Saints a 2-0 lead. Smith again set up the play, with Fernandez blasting a slap shot from inside the blue line past Callahan for her fourth goal of the season.
Fernandez's goal opened the floodgates for St. Lawrence, as junior Mel Desrochers and rookie Kailee Heidersbach would follow with back-to-back goals only 2:58 apart for a 4-0 advantage. Senior Michelle Ng and junior Dayle Wilkinson assisted on Desrochers' second of the year while Heidersbach's seventh of the year was unassisted at 11:02.
St. Lawrence starting netminder Carmen MacDonald stopped each of the 14 shots she faced in 53:11 of action before being relieved by rookie Mikaela Thompson late in the third. Yale's Janelle Ferrara would spoil the Saints' shutout bid with a power play goal at 16:25 to cut the deficit to 4-1. However, senior Kayla Sullivan one-timed a shot past Callahan with only 1:28 remaining to seal the victory. Kayla Raniwsky and Jessica Hon assisted on the game's final goal.
Thompson finished with four saves in 6:49 between the pipes, while Callahan made 37 saves in a losing effort for Yale. St. Lawrence finished 1-for-4 on the power play while Yale was 1-for-1. The game finished with the same final score of 5-1 as the previous meeting this season on November 10, 2012.
The Saints, winners of four of their last five games, will look to continue their strong play tomorrow in Providence, RI when the team faces the Brown University Bears at 4:00pm.