Miller, Shelly lead Saints women's hockey over Union
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 8:49 am

Captain Hannah Miller announced her return to the Saints lineup with authority on Friday night, tallying three points to lead the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to a 4-0 victory over Union on Friday night at Appleton Arena.

Miller assisted on a pair of first-period goals and potted one of her own in the third period to pace the Saints, who also had goals from Nadine Edney, Skylar Podvey and Maggie McLaughlin.

St. Lawrence peppered the Union goaltending duo of Kate Spooner and Amelia Murray with 39 shots in the win, while Saints junior netminder Sonjia Shelly turned aside 22 shots en route to her second shutout of the season. Nine of Shelly's saves came with Union on the power play, as the Saints were a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill.

"I thought the team came out and played real well after a long road trip and adjusting to different time zones," said Saints head coach Chris Wells '92. "A couple lines are really starting to gel, and making those nice small passes in the neutral zone — when they hit you with passes that surprise you, you know the line has pretty good chemistry."

Edney opened the scoring at 14:38 of the first period, depositing her own rebound past Spooner following a terrific feed from Miller.

Podvey then tickled the twine at the 17:22 mark on a point-shot blast which beat Spooner blocker-side and sent the Saints into the first intermission with a two-goal lead.

Union pushed back in an even, scoreless middle stanza, with both Shelly and Murray — who replaced Spooner between the pipes for Union after the first period — making strong stops at each end of the rink.

A power play marker from Miller, who buried a shot off a slick pass from Justine Reyes on the half-wall, just 17 seconds into period three sealed the victory for St. Lawrence.

McLaughlin then rounded out the scoring with her well-deserved first goal of the campaign, a backhanded breakaway marker which beat Murray at 15:36.

"Definitely a monkey off my back," laughed the McLean, Virginia, native post-game. "We wanted to get a good start to the second half here, and we did that tonight — we had to shake off a rough loss in California, and I think we did that."

With the victory, the Saints improved to 11-7-3 overall and 7-3-1 in ECAC Hockey play, while Union fell to 6-14-3, 4-7-0.

St. Lawrence will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, when Rensselaer will pay a visit to Appleton Arena.

"We know what to expect with RPI, they're playing hard and have a fantastic goaltender (Lovisa Selander)," said Wells. "We're going to try and get as much traffic in front of her as possible (and) continue to work on the pace of our game."

Puck drop is slated for 3 p.m.