The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team won its second consecutive game on Thursday night, as the Saints defeated Niagara University by the score of 4-2 at Dwyer Arena in Niagara University, NY.
The Scarlet and Brown improve to 3-5-1 on the season, while the Purple Eagles fall to 1-6-1. Four different Saints scored in the contest and helped the visitors build a 4-0 lead en route to victory, while sophomore assistant captain Jamie Goldsmith had a pair of assists.
First-year student Rylee Smith opened the game's scoring only 2:20 into the first period with her sixth goal of the season. The Hagersville, ON native scored St. Lawrence's first short-handed goal of the season on Niagara goaltender Jenni Bauer to give her team a 1-0 lead.
Sophomore Kelly Sabatine would tack on an even-strength goal at 14:43 of the first period to give the visitors a 2-0 cushion heading into intermission. The Hamilton, ON native scored on a rebound off of a shot by Goldsmith for her fifth goal of the year.
Graduate student Maxie Weisz was solid in net throughout the first two periods, keeping the Purple Eagles off the scoreboard. After a scoreless second period, senior assistant captain Karell Emard made it 3-0 a mere 32 seconds into the third when then Venise en Quebec, QC added her second goal of the season. Smith and Goldsmith assisted on what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Sophomore Kayla Sullivan would cap St. Lawrence's scoring at 6:39 of the third period. The Caledonia, ON native's first goal of the season gave the Scarlet and Brown a 4-0 lead with only 13:21 remaining in regulation. Junior Vanessa Emond assisted on the goal.
Niagara would try to surge back into the game midway through the final stanza, as Daniela Dal Colle beat Weisz to end the shutout bid at 10:05 to pull the Purple Eagles to within three goals at 4-1. Erica Owczarczak would add an unassisted goal at 17:58 for Niagara, but the home team was unable to get any closer as St. Lawrence hung on for the 4-2 victory.
The Saints finished with a 34-22 lead in shots on goal, thanks in part to a 16-6 advantage in an outstanding first period. Bauer finished with 30 saves for the Purple Eagles, while Weisz made 20 stops for the Saints and earned her first win of the season. Neither team was able to score on their power play tries, as both teams finished 0-for-4.
St. Lawrence has this weekend off before returning to action at Appleton Arena on Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13, against nationally-ranked No. 6 Boston College. The puck will drop on the Saints and Eagles at 3:30pm on Friday.