Saints women's hockey uses second period surge to sail past Yale
The eighth-ranked St. Lawrence University women's hockey team scored four goals in the first five minutes and four seconds of the second period — including two by senior captain Hannah Miller — en route to a 4-2 win over Yale in an ECAC Hockey contest on Friday evening at Appleton Arena.
Miller scored the game's first goal just 32 seconds into the second, as Kennedy Marchment one-timed a pass from Nadine Edney from the red line to Miller at the blue line, and Miller skated in free and snapped a wrist shot from the slot low into the left side of the net.The Saints struck again 59 seconds later, this time on the power play, as Justine Reyes curled around the left faceoff circle and fired another low shot past Yale goaltender Gianna Meloni.
Miller scored her second of the game at the 4:19 mark, taking a feed from Marchment at the left faceoff dot and sending a shot between Meloni's legs. Tera Hofmann relieved Meloni, who finished the game with 13 saves, after the goal.
Charlea Pedersen capped the scoring for the Saints with her first career goal. Maggie McLaughlin started the play by winning a faceoff in the offensive zone back to Amanda McClure, who swung the puck over fellow blueliner Lydia Grauer. Grauer took a slap shot from the point towards the front of the net, where McLaughlin and Pedersen teamed up to tip the puck twice before it found its way to the back of the net.
"It was great to see the team come out after the first intermission and put together a really solid effort in the second," said Associate Head Coach Ted Wisner. "If you could bottle up that five minute stretch in the second period and play like that for an entire season, that would be something special. Give credit to Yale, though. They never gave up and had some chances to pull within one with the extra attacker in the closing minutes."
Courtney Pensavalle scored Yale's first goal about halfway through the second period. Tess Dettling set up the goal, picking up a loose puck behind the net and finding Pensavalle alone in front.
Emma Vlasic cut the lead to two at the four-minute mark of the third period, taking a pass from Kaitlin Gately at the blue line and skating free to beat Saints' goaltender Grace Harrison with a forehand at the left side of the net.
The Bulldogs pulled Hofmann for the final 3:46 of the game and had an 11-7 advantage in shots on goal in the third period, but Harrison finished the game with 18 saves for her ninth victory of the season. Hofmann made 14 saves for the Bulldogs.
There were just two penalties called in the game, with the Saints converting on their lone opportunity and keeping Yale's power play, which ranks second nationally, off the scoreboard in their only attempt.
The Saints had a 31-20 advantage in shots on goal, including a 15-5 edge in the second period.
St. Lawrence (15-9-3 overall, 11-5-1 ECAC Hockey) moved into sole possession of third place in the conference standings, one point ahead of Cornell, which tied Harvard, 2-2. Yale (9-11-4, 7-8-2) is now tied for seventh with Harvard.
The Saints will host Brown on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Appleton Arena. Local Girl Scouts will be collecting non-perishable food donations in the lobby from 2-3 p.m., with donations going to the Canton Neighborhood Center and the Church and Community Program.