Saints women earn key win over Colgate, 4-2
Friday, February 4, 2011 - 11:09 pm

Sophomores Michelle Ng and Kayla Sullivan each scored a goal, propelling the St. Lawrence women's hockey team to a big 4-2 victory over Colgate University at Appleton Arena on Friday night.

The Saints, who entered the game with a narrow one-point advantage over the Raiders in the conference standings, move to 13-13-2 (8-8-0) on the season. Meanwhile, Colgate falls to 9-17-1 (6-10-1).

"We got a nice lift from a few players who haven't scored in a while, which gave us a big jump," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "We created a ton of good chances offensively, and earned a sweep over Colgate for the first time in several years."

The Saints controlled the opening 20:00 minutes of play, outshooting Colgate by a sound 13-4 margin. The Scarlet and Brown took a 1-0 lead at 12:15 of the period when a crisp pass from first-year student Rylee Smith sprung Ng on a breakaway from center ice. The Milton, MA native made a beautiful tuck move on Colgate goalie Kimberly Sass, slipping the puck between her leg pads for her third goal of the season.

Though junior Alley Bero was stopped by Sass on a breakaway try of her own, the Akwesasne, NY native set up St. Lawrence's second goal on the power play to cap the first period scoring. Bero circled the puck behind the net and fed a pass to Bailey Habscheid who unleashed a rocket slap shot that sailed past Sass for her sixth goal of the year for a 2-0 lead.

St. Lawrence would waste little time in pushing its lead to 3-0 early in the second period, as Sullivan tallied her eighth goal of the year only 3:37 into the frame. The Caledonia, ON native took a pass from senior assistant captain Kirsten Roach and banked a shot from behind the net off of Sass and across the goal line for the three-goal lead.

Colgate cracked the scoreboard midway through the period on the power play to pull to within two, 3-1. Jenny Kynstra sent a cross-ice pass from the left circle through the crease to a wide-open Brittany Phillips, who snapped the puck behind St. Lawrence goaltender Maxie Weisz at 9:42 of the second period.

However, St. Lawrence would respond with a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play to push the lead to 4-1 and cap the scoring in the frame. Sophomore Kelly Sabatine found junior Vanessa Emond along the near boards and Emond quickly snapped a pass to a wide-open Karell Emard. Emard finished the play from just outside the crease, beating Sass for her eighth goal of the year and a 4-1 advantage.

Colgate worked to rally in the third period, outshooting St. Lawrence 10-9. However, Weisz was solid between the pipes and allowed only a one-timer by Rachel Walsh to get behind her at 3:26 of the period. The goal capped the scoring, as St. Lawrence held on for a 4-2 win.

The Scarlet and Brown closed with a 29-21 edge in shots on goal and was 1-of-7 on the power play. Colgate was 1-of-6 with the extra skater. Sass finished with 25 stops for the Raiders, who head to Cheel Arena tomorrow to face Clarkson, while Weisz made 19 saves in a winning performance.

St. Lawrence will take on nationally-ranked No. 2 Cornell University, which is unbeaten in ECAC Hockey play, tomorrow at Appleton Arena. The puck will drop on the Saints and Big Red at 4:00pm.