A showdown with nationally-ranked No. 4 Cornell University turned sour in the second period for the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team in Ithaca, NY on Friday night. After a scoreless first period, the Big Red scored three times in both the second and third periods to lay a 6-0 loss on the Saints in ECAC Hockey play.
Lauren Slebodnick recorded her second shutout of the season with a 20 save performance for Cornell, which improved to 13-4-0 (9-2-0). St. Lawrence falls to 13-9-1 (8-3-0) after being outshout 35-20.
"After the first period, we were completely outplayed and outcoached," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "I didn't do a good job preparing us to play this team. We had some great efforts on our penalty kill, but we had trouble generating anything."
Neither team scored in an opening period that saw each squad have two power play opportunities. The Saints outshot Cornell 9-7 in the period, though the Big Red was more dangerous with its two man-advantage chances.
The power play chances continued to pile up for the home team in the second period and they finally cashed in at the 10:55 mark. Brianne Jenner showcased her speed and skill, eluding a defender and scoring on St. Lawrence goaltender Carmen MacDonald for her 14th of the season from Erin Barley-Maloney and Slebodnick on the power play.
Though instant replay kept the score 1-0 on a review disallowing a potential Cornell goal, the Big Red would extend its lead to 2-0 at 15:37. Jessica Campbell's eighth of the season came on a scrum in front of MacDonald, though Emily Fulton's sixth of the season only 1:53 later was the back-breaker. Fulton converted a 3-on-1 try by sniping a wrist shot past MacDonald's glove for her sixth of the season and a 3-0 Big Red lead at the second intermission.
After being outshot 17-6 in the second, St. Lawrence needed a quick start to the third period. It didn't happen.
Jenner made it 4-0 only 1:40 into the stanza, while Campbell added her second goal of the night on a short-handed empty net goal at 12:36 with Coach Wells trying to kick-start the Saints' offense. Victoria Pitten's third goal of the year capped the scoring at 6-0 at 16:35 on replacement goaltender Mikaela Thompson.
"Jenner was particularly effective both with and without the puck," added Coach Wells. "She plays with a purpose and is difficult to defend. We are happy we get a chance to go out and play again tomorrow."
MacDonald finished with 26 saves in the game, while Thompson closed with three stops in relief. Cornell was 1-for-6 on the power play while holding the Saints scoreless on the man advantage (0-for-5).
St. Lawrence will look to rebound tomorrow when the team travels to Hamilton, NY to take on Colgate University at 4:00pm.