Saints women's hockey ties sixth-ranked Cornell 1-1
Justine Reyes scored a power play goal and Grace Harrison made 28 saves, including six in the overtime period, to lead the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to a 1-1 tie with sixth-ranked Cornell in an ECAC Hockey contest on Saturday afternoon at Appleton Arena.
The Saints moved to 13-12-5 overall, 8-6-4 in ECAC Hockey, and are now in sole possession of fifth place in the conference standings, five points behind Colgate for fourth and one point ahead of Rensselaer. Cornell moved to 16-3-6, 13-3-2 and is tied for second with Clarkson, three points behind Princeton."A lot like last night, (a tie is) probably the result that was meant to be," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "I think both teams had some good opportunities to win the game, but I think both goalies made some really key saves at key times to stop momentum."
The tie was the second of the weekend for the Saints and increased the team's program record overtime total for the season to 12 games.
"If you stopped the game and didn't play overtime, we'd be 11-7-12, that would be our record with the number of overtime games we've played," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "So we're certainly battle tested. We've played in these situations and these are the situations we're going to be in the rest of the way in."
The Saints dominated the first period, outshooting the Big Red 15-3, but Cornell goaltender Lindsay Browning, getting just her fifth start of the year, was equal to the task, as the period ended with a scoreless tie.
Reyes finally put the Saints on the board first, carrying the puck around the zone before finding an opening at the top of the right faceoff circle for a slap shot that found its way through Browning and into the net for Reyes' ninth goal of the season. Amanda Butterfield and Lydia Grauer picked up assists on the play.
The Big Red tied the game just over two minutes into the third period, with Jaime Bourbonnais finishing a feed from Paige Lewis from the right side.
Cornell dominated the opening moments of the overtime period, but Harrison was flawless with six saves. Kayla Nielsen and Reyes both had scoring chances in the final minute for the Saints, but Browning stopped Nielsen's one-timer and Reyes' bid slid just wide.
St. Lawrence outshot Cornell 36-29, with Browning stopping 35 shots for the Big Red.
The Saints will go on the road next weekend to face Harvard and Dartmouth.