Saints womens hockey rallies past UNH for third straight win
Junior forward Rylee Smith scored two goals including the game-winner, leading the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to a 3-1 victory over the University of New Hampshire on Friday night at the Whittemore Center.
The win is the third in a row for St. Lawrence (3-5-0), which scored three unanswered goals to pick up the win. Meanwhile, UNH falls to 3-5-0 after being outshot 32-25 including 12-6 in the decisive third period."We gave a solid effort all around," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "Our defensemen did a good job in front of Carmen (MacDonald) and we gained some momentum in the third as the period went on."
MacDonald and UNH goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara each posted perfect nine-save first periods before the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 10:40 of the second. Alexis Crossley's fourth goal of the year came on the power play midway through the stanza to give UNH the advantage.
Smith would level the scoring at 1-1 late in the same period with only 1:22 remaining, cashing in her second of the year. Senior Kelly Sabatine and sophomore Amanda Boulier assisted on the tying goal to set up the crucial third period.
St. Lawrence controlled much of the third period, scoring two goals in a span of 1:26 to open up a comfortable 3-1 lead. Smith's second of the game came at 4:07 on the power play, again assisted by Boulier and Sabatine, while rookie Kailee Heidersbach scored her second of the season at 5:33 for the two-goal lead. Senior Michelle Ng assisted on the insurance goal.
The Saints' defense and MacDonald were able to make that lead stand throughout the frame, holding UNH scoreless on six shot attempts.
"New Hampshire did have some very good chances that just missed," added Coach Wells. "We certainly expect against close game tomorrow."
MacDonald closed with 24 save to earn the win, while Vaattovaara made 29 stops in suffering the loss. The Saints were 1-of-4 on the power play, while UNH was 1-for-2.
St. Lawrence will look to earn a weekend sweep of New Hampshire tomorrow, Saturday, November 3. The puck is scheduled to drop on the rematch at 3:00pm.