Three power-play goals helps Saints women's hockey down Engineers
Nine members of the St. Lawrence women's hockey team found themselves on the score sheet in the team's 4-2 win over RPI on Friday night. First-year defenseman Kirsten Padalis notched a goal and an assist, while senior tri-captain Mel Desrochers added a pair of helpers to lead the Saints (8-14-3, 7-5-3).
The team's traded goals in the first period, with the Saints getting on the board first with an Ellie Williams tally four minutes and 20 seconds in. Desrochers carried the puck into the RPI zone and took a shot from the left-side half-wall. RPI netminder Kelly O'Brien made the initial stop, but junior forward Margo Lund was there to kick the puck back to Williams in the slot, who then beat O'Brien with a one-timer to give the Saints the 1-0 lead.Three minutes later Jordan Smelker tied things up for RPI, as she skated one-on-one against a Saint defender and let go of a wrister from the top of the right circle, beating the Saints Carmen MacDonald high glove.
Midway through the first period, first-year Brooke Webster put the Saints on top 2-1 with the first of three power-play goals on the night, with Kayla Raniwsky and Kirsten Padalis picking up assists on the play.
"We once again found a way to get a win," said Head Coach Chris Wells. "Our PP cashed in on some nice goals and the one with .09 left in the second was a great way to head into the intermission."
RPI would pull even once again to tie the game at two at the 14:38 mark of the first period with a goal by Mari Mankey.
But midway through the second period, senior defenseman Dayle Wilkinson – another of the Saints three captains – pinched in on the power play and tipped a pass from Desrochers at the far edge of the crease to net the game-winning goal.
On the power play with time winding down in the middle frame, the Saints had controlled the play in the RPI zone for more than a minute when Padalis took a shot from the point that beat RPI netminder O'Brien with 0.09 seconds remaining on the clock to put the Saints up 4-2 heading into the second intermission.
"RPI is one of the hardest working teams in our league and we are happy to get to the two points, " Wells said.
MacDonald finished with 26 saves for the Saints, while O'Brien and Brianna Piper combined for 22 saves for the Engineers.
The Saints will finish their Capital District roadtrip at Union on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.