McRae’s hat trick paces Saints women's hockey past Yale, 5-1
Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 10:38 pm

The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team scored five unanswered goals including three from first-year student Abbey McRae to knock off Yale University by the score of 5-1 at Appleton Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The win was the sixth straight for the Scarlet and Brown, which improves to 6-5-0 (4-0-0) on the season. Yale falls to 1-7-0 (1-5-0). Senior captain Kelly Sabatine scored two goals in the game for the Saints, while Amanda Boulier had four assists and Brooke Fernandez added three helpers.

"Our work ethic was great all weekend," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "We scored and generated most of our goals and chances because of our effort. Our league is very competitive as the games played out this weekend."

St. Lawrence finished with a 47-14 advantage in shots on goal, but the Bulldogs were kept in the game by goaltender Jaimie Leonoff's 42 stops. Carmen MacDonald made 12 saves and back-up netminder Mikaela Thompson made one in relief.

Yale struck first in the game, taking a 1-0 lead on the power play at 7:12 in the opening period. Danielle Moncion fed Tara Tomimoto inside the blue line, and her slap shot fooled MacDonald with traffic in front for Tomimoto's first goal of the year.

Though the Bulldogs did all they could to get out of the first period with the lead, St. Lawrence's work in the offensive end tied the game at the 17:36 mark. Boulier got the play started by tipping the puck to the front of the crease for McRae, who fired it past Leonoff for the tying goal.

Despite outshooting Yale 11-2 in the second period, the Saints only had a one-goal lead going into the final stanza up 2-1. McRae would score the eventual game-winner at 7:40 on the power play, one-timing a rebound with the goaltender out of position for her second of the contest. Mel Desrocher and Fernandez assisted on the goal.

St. Lawrence would put the game away with three goals in a span of 7:09 in the third period to wrap up the 5-1 win. McRae would score the hat trick at 6:34 on the power play, while Sabatine made it 4-1 at 10:29, with an assist going to McRae as well. Sabatine would then fire a rocket past Leonoff from inside the blue line for a power play goal at 13:43 to cap the game scoring.

The Saints finished 3-for-7 on the power play, while Yale closed with a 1-for-6 mark.

St. Lawrence will hit the road for the first time in conference play next weekend, as they head to Princeton and Quinnipiac on Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17. The Saints will then face UConn in a non-conference contest on Sunday, November 18 before returning home for a four-game home stand to close out the calendar year.