Sophomore Kailee Heidersbach netted two goals and added an assist at the St. Lawrence women's hockey team blanked Union 4-0 Friday at Appleton Arena.
The Saints dominated the play from the opening draw using their speed and strength along the boards and an aggressive forecheck to force turnovers and keep the Dutchwomen on their heels.
"It was a solid effort all night from our team," Head Coach Chris Wells said. "We were able to skate at a great pace and scored some really pretty goals in the third."
Junior Kayla Raniwsky opened the scoring for the Saints with a power-play goal just over seven minutes into the first period when she redirected a Jenna Marks shot just inside the far post and past Union netminder Shenae Lundberg.
With the Saints cycling down low, Heidersbach came out of the right corner with the puck and carried into the right circle and hit Marks with a cross-ice feed. Marks sent a wrister towards goal for Raniwsky, who was screening Lundberg in front and would give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
Midway through the second period, the Saints extended the lead to 2-0 on Heidersbach's first tally of the night. Skating into the Union zone on a two-on-one, Rylee Smith had the presence of mind to hold on to the puck and wait out a Union defender who was laid out on the ice trying to break up the pass play. She threaded a pass between the defender's skates and Lundberg's right pad through the crease to Heidersbach who touched the puck inside the far post for the score. Brooke Webster also assisted on the play, as she pushed the puck to Smith for the breakout before jumping off for a change.
Seven minutes into the final frame Heidersbach notched her second goal on a stellar snapshot from the bottom of the right circle, beating Lundberg high over her left shoulder. First-year student Kirsten Padalis assisted on the goal after winning a battle on the half-wall, as did Webster.
The fourth Saints goal came off the stick of senior co-captain Dayle Wilkinson, after she pinched to pick up an errant pass at the top of the right circle and carried along the wall before snapping a wrister from just below the faceoff dot. Marks and classmate and fellow captain Mel Desrochers were credited with the assists.
With the win the Saints improve to 12-17-3 and 11-7-3 against ECAC Hockey opponents, while Union falls to 9-23-1 and 4-17-0 in league contests. Quinnipiac downed Cornell 2-1 on Friday night to stay two points ahead of the Saints in the league standings. A win for the Scarlet and Brown on Saturday and a Bobcats loss to Colgate would secure home ice for St. Lawrence in the first round of playoffs.
The team returns to Appleton Arena on Saturday afternoon for a 3 p.m. matchup versus RPI in the final game of the regular season. As part of their Senior Day celebration, the Saints will honor members of the senior class with a ceremony following the game.