Heidersbach, MacDonald help Saints women's hockey shut out No. 8/9 Quinnipiac
Sophomore forward Kailee Heidersbach netted a pair of first-period goals and junior goaltender Carmen MacDonald made 24 saves as the St. Lawrence women's hockey team earned a 3-0 shutout over No. 8/9 Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon at Appleton Arena.
The win is the Saints first over a nationally-ranked opponent this season, having previously tied Quinnipiac and Cornell earlier in the year."That was a much needed bounce back win for us today," Head Coach Chris Wells. "We expended a ton of emotion last night versus Princeton so to get those two early goals was a huge boost."
MacDonald came up big for the Saints throughout the game, flashing the leather and making saves from point-blank range and on a number of odd-man rushes for the Bobcats. The shutout is her third of the season and 12th of her career.
"Quinnipiac probably deserved to have a few go in tonight, but Carmen made some great saves and we had some fortunate bounces go our way."
Heidersbach opened the scoring on the 6:20 mark of the first period when she buried a rebound of a Jessica Hon shot. Bobcat netminder Chelsea Laden made the initial stop on Hon but was unable to control the rebound and the puck popped out to Heidersbach who was crashing the net and put the Saints on top 1-0.
Just over six minutes later, Heidersbach pushed the lead to 2-0 when she tucked the puck under Laden's pads from the side of the net for her second goal of the night and fifth of the year. Junior Kayla Raniwsky and sophomore Jenna Marks assisted on the play.
After a scoreless second period, the Saints come out for the third period hanging on to a 2-0 lead and dominated the play early on. At the 8:41 mark, senior tri-captain Mel Desrochers added the third Saints goal when Rylee Smith dropped a pass to her at the top of the right circle and Desrochers let go of a wrister as she was falling to the ice, beating Laden high blocker.
The goal is Desrochers' 25th career tally, making her the highest-scoring defenseman in program history. She leads the Saints with 28 points on the season.
The Saints will be on the road next weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard, before returning home for their final regular season home games against Union and RPI on February 21 and 22.