The St. Lawrence University Saints women's hockey team rallied for a 3-2 victory over nationally-ranked No. 6 Clarkson University on Saturday afternoon at Appleton Arena during the team's "Saints Go Social" event.
Sophomore defenseman Amanda Boulier scored two goals including the game-winner.
The Saints improve to 15-11-2 (10-5-1) and pick up two key points in the conference standings after finishing with a 27-25 advantage in shots on goal. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights fall to 21-7-0 (13-3-0) after seeing a 2-0 lead evaporate in the second period.
"I'm so happy with the way we battled throughout the game after a tough first period," said head coach Chris Wells. "We kept working hard, created some great energy and capitalized in a big second period."
"Saints Go Social" was a success, as the game featured the largest crowd of the year making its way to Appleton Arena while Saints fans all over the country were tweeting their best wishes to the Scarlet and Brown. The hashtag for the event, "#herewegoSaints," was used over 300 times and more than 50 photos were uploaded to Instagram during the game. The home team wore special uniforms featuring the University's athletic department Twitter handle, @SLUsaints, and the individual players' handles on the back.
Unfortunately for SLU, it was Clarkson that seized the momentum in the first period, skating to a 2-0 lead. Brittany Styner's breakaway goal at 2:44 beat Carmen MacDonald for her eighth of the year, while Shannon MacAulay added her seventh at 12:49 for the two-goal edge.
However, the Saints responded in the second period with three goals in a span of 10:08 to take a 3-2 lead. Boulier made it 2-1 on a 5-on-3 power play only 57 seconds into the period, beating Clarkson goalie Erica Howe for her sixth of the year from Kelly Sabatine and Rylee Smith.
The home team tied the game at 9:03 when Kailee Heidersbach scored on Howe after a nice pass from Brooke Fernandez for her eighth of the year. A second assist was credited to Kayla Raniwsky. The momentum continued for SLU, scoring only 2:02 later when Boulier gave the home team the lead at 3-2 off another assist from Fernandez.
The second half of the period and all of the third belonged to MacDonald, who kept Clarkson off the scoreboard with seven third period saves en route to the 3-2 upset. She closed with 23 stops in the game to Howe's 24.
"Everyone's efforts behind-the-scenes really paid off today and I hope those who took advantage of ‘Saints Go Social' enjoyed it," Coach Wells said. "Our team loved interacting with fans and it was great way to get the community involved with us in a new way."
Clarkson was done in by 13 penalties that created 11 Saints power play chances, in which they were 1-for-11. The visitors were 0-for-2 on their power play tries.
The Saintswomen's hockey team will be in action again next weekend when the team heads to Union and Rensselaer for two ECAC Hockey games on February 8 and 9.