The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team picked up its fifth straight win, topping Brown University by the score of 4-1 at Appleton Arena on Friday night. Senior captain Kelly Sabatine assisted on the first three Saint goals, while sophomore Carmen MacDonald turned in a solid 24-save effort.
St. Lawrence is now 5-5-0 (3-0-0) and will look to earn a conference weekend sweep tomorrow against Yale. Meanwhile, the Bears fall to 1-4-0 (1-4-0) after being outshot 36-25.
"We gave a good effort tonight. Any time you earn two points in this league, it's a good thing," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "A lot of things the girls have been working on are starting to show. Carmen made some great saves and we had good zone time and puck movement tonight."
The Saints never trailed in the game, as sophomore Amanda Boulier tallied her first goal of the year only 1:12 into the first period. Boulier's shot from outside the right circle got through traffic and past a screened Katie Jamieson for the early cushion. Sabatine and junior Rylee Smith assisted on the only goal of the first period.
Though Jamieson was able to keep St. Lawrence in check in the first following the goal, the home team would tack on two goals in a 3:24 span to open up a 3-0 advantage in the second period. Smith scored on the power play at the 3:58 mark, banging home a rebound off a shot off the end boards by Sabatine. Senior Brooke Fernandez also assisted on what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Sabatine would then earn her third assist, as she worked hard to chip the puck away from a Brown defender in the slot. The puck bounced to rookie Abbey McRae, who fired a shot past Jamieson for the 3-0 lead at 7:22 of the second.
Brown would pressure throughout the stanza and would earn some great chances on a five-minute power play. Though the Saints nearly killed the entire major penalty, Sarah Robson would break through for the Bears at 13:07 on a rebound chance in front of MacDonald. The goal was Robson's second of the year and was assisted by Laurie Jolin and Lauren Vella.
St. Lawrence would play great defense with a sound offense in the third period, as the puck was in Brown's end of the ice throughout most of the frame. The Saints held a 16-6 advantage in shots on goal in the period, though Jamieson did well to keep her team in the contest. The only goal of the frame came in the final minute, as Sydney Bell scored her first collegiate goal on the empty net to ensure her team of the victory, 4-1.
Jamieson closed with 32 saves in the game but remains winless at 0-3-0, while MacDonald earned the win having made 24 saves, 14 coming in the second period. St. Lawrence closed with a 1-for-6 mark on the power play while Brown was 1-of-4.
St. Lawrence will look to earn the weekend sweep and remain unbeaten in ECAC Hockey play tomorrow, Saturday, November 10 against the Yale Bulldogs at 4:00pm.