The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team won its seventh straight game and remained unbeaten in ECAC Hockey play on Friday night, as the Saints skated to a 6-2 victory against Princeton University at Hobey Baker Arena. Sophomore Amanda Boulier continued her strong play with a four point night (1g,3a), while rookie Jenna Marks scored her first two collegiate goals including the game-winner.
St. Lawrence (7-5-0, 5-0-0) won despite being outshot 36-31 thanks to a 34-save performance by Carmen MacDonald. Meanwhile, the loss snaps Princeton's three-game unbeaten streak as the Tigers fall to 3-4-2.
"We had some timely scoring tonight, as our blue line (Kailee Heidersbach, Michelle Ng, Jenna Marks) had a great night and it came at a perfect time," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "We were able to stay on top on the scoreboard throughout the game despite Princeton having some very good chances in an up-and-down game."
First-year student Abbey McRae opened the scoring for the Saints at 6:26 of the first, with Boulier and senior Brooke Fernandez assisting. Though Molly Contini would tie the score on the power play at 12:10, Marks would answer for the visitors only :09 seconds later for a 2-1 advantage. Marks would then follow her first career goal with her second only 2:47 later to cap the first period scoring with the Scarlet and Brown on top, 3-1. Heidersbach and Boulier each had assists on the goals, respectively.
The second period would belong to the goaltenders, as MacDonald and Princeton starter Kimberly Newell would make 12 and 10 saves each to keep the game 3-1 heading to the third.
Sophomore Jackie Wand's fourth goal of the year came at 6:35 and gave St. Lawrence a three-goal cushion at 4-1. Though Kelly Cooke's power play tally made it 4-2 with 10:13 to play, Fernandez would respond only 1:02 later to steady the Saints' momentum up 5-2. Boulier assisted on the goal, her 14th of the season, and would cap the game's scoring at 14:04 with her second goal of the season for a 6-2 lead, assisted by seniors Kayla Sullivan and Jamie Goldsmith. With the goal, Boulier moved into a tie for second in the nation in points by a defenseman (16) and chased Newell from the contest.
MacDonald closed with a game-high 14 saves in the third period, while Newell finished with 25 saves in 53:57 of playing time. Her replacement, Ashley Holt, did not face a shot on goal in the final 5:56 of regulation.
Princeton closed with a 2-for-4 mark on the power play and did not take a penalty in the game.
St. Lawrence will put its seven-game winning streak on the line against tomorrow, Saturday, November 17 against Quinnipiac University at 4:00pm.