St. Lawrence University first-year student Kailee Heidersbach scored two goals including the game-winner with only 6:50 remaining, as the Saints women's hockey team rallied for a 4-3 victory over Colgate University on Friday night at Appleton Arena.
St. Lawrence (8-6-1, 6-1-0) trailed twice in the game but used perfect special teams play to pick up the conference victory. Colgate falls to 3-11-2 (0-7-2) but gave the home team all it could handle.
"That was a great hockey game with both teams really battling for the two points tonight," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "Our special teams play was the difference, and we hope to build some momentum into a game against an outstanding Cornell team tomorrow."
St. Lawrence was a perfect 2-for-2 on the power play, both in the third period, and kept Colgate quiet on its lone power play try in the final stanza. That helped turn a 3-2 deficit into the 4-3 victory in the final minutes.
The Raiders came out firing out of the gate and scored the opening goal only 1:39 into the first. Taylor Volpe took a pass from Jocelyn Simpson and lifted a shot over goaltender Carmen MacDonald's shoulder for the 1-0 lead. Volpe would add her second of the game on a re-direct in front at 13:24, with Megan Wickens and Taylor Craig assisting.
Heidersbach would give St. Lawrence a spark at the end of the period, as she gave a great individual effort to get off three shots around the net before pushing one past Colgate goalie Ashlynne Rando with a mere 11.6 seconds left in the stanza. The goal was Heidersbach's fourth and was assisted by Rylee Smith.
Rookie Abbey McRae would score the lone goal of the second period for the Saints at 15:55, as she pounced on a rebound off a shot from captain Kelly Sabatine to score her eighth of the season and set up a dramatic third period with the game tied 2-2.
Miriam Drubel would break the tie only 37 seconds into the third period for the Raiders, as she tallied her fourth goal of the year on the first shift of the frame. That lead would last until the 7:32 mark, when senior Brooke Fernandez's blast from the point on the power play beat Rando but bounced off the post. However, the puck came right to the front of the net where Smith was waiting to finish the play and tie the game at 3-3.
Junior defensemen Dayle Wilkinson and Mel Desrochers would set up the game-winner, as Wilkinson found her defensive partner in the high slot. Desrochers fired a shot towards goal that was knocked down right to Heidersbach, who quickly fired the puck past Rando for what proved to be the game-winner tally.
MacDonald turned in a nine-save third period, including a few saves in the final minute with Rando on the bench in favor of the extra skater. The St. Lawrence netminder finished with 24 saves in the win, while Rando had 25 for the Raiders.
St. Lawrence will look for some revenge tomorrow, as the Big Red handed the Saints a 5-1 loss earlier this season in a non-conference game in Ithaca, NY. The puck is scheduled to drop on the rematch tomorrow, Saturday, December 1 at 4:00pm.