St. Lawrence University first-year student Alex Moore scored back-to-back goals a mere :22 seconds apart in the final minute of the first period, propelling the Saints women's hockey team to a 4-1 win over Dartmouth College at Appleton Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The win moves the Saints to 5-7 (4-2 ECAC), while Dartmouth falls to 1-6 (1-5 ECAC). Junior goaltender Carmen MacDonald had a solid 33-save outing, besting Big Green goalie Robyn Chemago's 31 stops.
"I thought that was a very confident response from our team after a tough loss to Harvard yesterday," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "We were able to get out to a good lead, which helped because Dartmouth had some good chances to get back in the game."
St. Lawrence needed only 2:36 into the contest before celebrating in front of the Dartmouth goal on a tally by junior Kayla Raniwsky. Raniwsky was about to pounce on a rebound in front of Chemago after an initial save was made off a shot from Brooke Webster. Sophomore Kailee Heidersbach was also credited with a helper on the game's opening goal.
The two teams played a fairly even first period, and it appeared that 1-0 score would hold into intermission. Moore had other ideas. She scored her first of the game at 19:23.5, one-timing a shot past Chemago off a centering pass from senior captain Mel Desrochers. The Napanee, ON native then scored almost an identical goal at 19:45.8, again off a centering pass from Desrochers, as Abbey McRae had the second assist on both tallies which made it 3-0 at the end of one.
Chemago and MacDonald owned the second period, making several dazzling saves to keep the score frozen at 3-0 heading to the third. Though Dartmouth had the better of the play in the opening minutes of the final stanza, the Saints were able to tack on an insurance goal to solidify the victory at 7:40. Raniwsky got the play started, finding captain Rylee Smith who fired a shot on net. Though Chemago stopped Smith's try, Hon was there to backhand the rebound into the net for a 4-0 lead.
The Big Green would capitalize on a defensive zone turnover to end MacDonald's shutout bid at 13:04 of the third period. Mackenzie St. Onge intercepted a pass in the high slot and sent a slap shot that beat MacDonald under the cross bar for her first of the season (unassisted). However, that would be the only tally Dartmouth would manage as MacDonald and the Saints ran out the time to earn two big points in the conference standings.
St. Lawrence finished 1-for-4 on the power play while the Big Green was 0-for-2.
Saturday's game was the last home contest of the calendar year for the Saints, who won't be in action at Appleton Arena again until January 10, 2014. The Scarlet and Brown will have an exhibition game next weekend before returning to conference play on November 22 at Quinnipiac.