Wilkinson lifts Saints women's hockey past Union, 1-0
A late third-period goal by senior defenseman Dayle Wilkinson lifted the St. Lawrence women's hockey team (9-14-3, 8-5-3) to a 1-0 win at Union on Saturday afternoon. The goal was Wilkinson's second of the weekend and fourth of the season.
"This was another exciting game where we were able to find a way to win," said Head Coach Chris Wells. "Our third period was the best of the weekend and we were rewarded with a goal."The Saints had a slight edge in shots through two scoreless periods, but couldn't solve Union netminder Shenae Lundberg until the 14:43 mark of the final period.
Wilkinson was able to cash in on a St. Lawrence power-play opportunity after Elsa Bruestle was whistled for interference to give the Saint the man advantage. The Stouffville, Ontario native took a pass from defensive partner Mel Desrochers before beating Lundberg for the game-winner.
The Dutchwomen pulled Lundberg for the extra-attacker with 1:24 remaining, but couldn't capitalize.
"Union had us pinned in when the goalie was out," Wells said, "but we were able to protect the lead and head home with four points!"
It is the first four-point weekend for the Saints since a November 1-2 sweep of Yale and Brown at Appleton Arena. Wells and his team now maintain their fifth-place ranking in the ECAC Hockey standings.
Carmen MacDonald made 24 saves for the Saints in her 11th career shutout and second of the season. Lundberg finished with 34 saves for the Dutchwomen.
In a quick turnaround, St. Lawrence will play its final non-conference game of 2013-14 on Tuesday against Syracuse at the Onondaga War Memorial. It is the first meeting between Wells and his predecessor Paul Flanagan since Flanagan left Canton to begin the women's hockey program for the Orange prior to the 2008 season.