The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team squared off with the University of Montreal in an exhibition contest at Appleton Arena on Tuesday evening. Sophomore Mikaela Thompson made 23 saves to earn a shutout in a 7-0 victory over the Carabins.
Six different players scored for the Saints, including junior Jessica Hon who had a pair of goals. Rylee Smith had a goal and two assists and rookie Brooke Webster had a goal and a helper as well.
"I think this is exactly what we needed," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "We played well and got a few players going offensively. We're certainly happy for Mikaela, who earned the shutout tonight with some impressive saves."
St. Lawrence would score three times in the opening 8:20 of regulation, giving Thompson plenty of support on the offensive end. Smith scored at 2:05 of the first, sniping a wrist shot past Montreal netminder Marie-Pier Chabot's glove for the 1-0 lead. Rookie Alex Moore would put home a rebound at 5:32 for a 2-0 advantage, and Bailey Habscheid's breakaway goal at 8:20 put the Saints in control at 3-0. Sophomore Abbey McRae would cap the first period scoring with 39.1 seconds left to make it a four-goal game.
Thompson's best period came in the second stanza, as she made nine saves including four while the Carabins skated on the power play. Despite being outshot 9-7 in the period, St. Lawrence extended its lead to 5-0 on Hon's first of the game at 5:39.
Hon would strike again only 31 seconds into the third period, with assists going to Smith and Kayla Raniwsky for the 6-0 lead. Webster corralled her own rebound and scored at 7:38 to cap the game's scoring.
Chabot finished with 17 saves in 45:32 of action and allowed five goals in suffering the loss. Elodie Rousseau Sirois made eight stops in 14:28 of relief. St. Lawrence was 0-for-1 on the power play while Montreal finished 0-for-3.
St. Lawrence will be in action again this weekend in a pair of non-conference games with nationally-ranked No. 2 Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. The puck will drop on the opener between the Saints and Eagles on Friday, October 11 at 7:00pm.