The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team scored twice in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie en route to a 3-1 ECAC Hockey victory over Union College in Schenectady, NY on Friday night. Junior Dayle Wilkinson's first career goal midway through the third added an insurance tally to ensure the Saints of two points in the league standings.
St. Lawrence, winners of two straight, improves to 16-11-2 (11-5-1) on the season heading into a match-up with Rensselaer on Saturday. Meanwhile, Union falls to 7-19-3 (0-14-3) despite winning the special teams battle. The Dutchwomen were 1-for-1 on the power play and held the visitors scoreless on four power play tries in the loss.
"That was a back-and-forth final two periods, and we were lucky to get two past (Shenae) Lundberg in the third," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "Union once again played us very hard. They had a great chance to go up 2-1 on a line rush, but Carmen made a goal-saving stop."
Carmen MacDonald finished with 25 saves for St. Lawrence, while Shenae Lundberg stopped 27 shots for Union. The goaltenders combined for 15 saves in a scoreless first period before Jackie Wand gave St. Lawrence a 1-0 lead at 4:47 of the second period. Wand beat Lundberg for her fifth goal of the season, her fourth against Union, with an assist going to classmate Ellie Williams.
The Dutchwomen responded quickly on the power play, tying the game at 1-1 only :59 seconds later. Alex Tancrell-Fontain set up Rhianna Kurio's fourth goal of the season, with Stefanie Thornson also assisting on the tying goal.
With the game even at 1-1 after two periods, junior Rylee Smith's 11th goal of the season came at 8:01 of the third to put the Saints back on top. The unassisted tally would stand up as the game-winner, though Wilkinson put the game away 4:14 later with her first goal. The Stouffville, ON native, considered one of the league's top defensive defenseman, beat Lundberg after taking a pass from fellow defenseman Amanda Boulier. Kayla Raniwsky also assisted on the insurance goal at 12:15.
Though Union closed with an 11-6 advantage in shots on goal in the third, the Dutchwomen came up empty against MacDonald who helped the Saints close out the 3-1 win.
St. Lawrence will square off with Rensselaer tomorrow, Saturday, February 9 at 4:00pm in Troy, NY.