Saints Blank Bulldogs 2-0

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Natalie Wedell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Snikeris Makes 33 Saves

CANTON, N.Y. - St. Lawrence's penalty killing unit entered the day ranked just 20th in the NCAA, but that unit came up big against Yale at Appleton Arena Saturday afternoon. The Saints were a perfect eight-for-eight on the kill, overshadowing an eight-for-eight performance by Yale's PK unit in the whistle-filled affair, and as a result St. Lawrence came away with a 2-0 shutout win.

The first period was a series of missed opportunities for the Bulldogs, as they went 0-for-4 on the power play and managed only two shots on goal. The Saints nearly got a gift eight seconds into the game when a pass in front deflected off the skate of forward Karell Emard and wound up on net, but senior goalie Jackee Snikeris reacted quickly to make the save. A day after making 37 stops against Clarkson, Snikeris tacked on 33 more against the Saints.

St. Lawrence (12-11-2, 7-6-0 ECAC Hockey) did not get one past Snikeris until less than two minutes remained in the period, when defenseman Jamie Goldsmith gave the Saints a 1-0 lead.

The second period brought three more Yale power plays, but once again the Bulldogs could not score and St. Lawrence held a convincing 13-5 shot advantage. That included one on a Yale power play 30 seconds into the period, shortly after a faceoff, when Saints forward Kirsten Roach got off a short-handed shot that Snikeris cradled. Snikeris also made a series of saves during a Saints power play four minutes into the period that frustrated the home crowd as they started prematurely celebrating a goal only to realize the puck had been deflected just wide of the net.

Snikeris had to deny another St. Lawrence short-handed chance with 5:30 left in the period, after a pair of Saints chased down a loose puck in the Yale zone. One of them took out the only Yale skater who was in range, but Snikeris wound up making a kick save on Roach to deny the scoring chance.

Two minutes later Snikeris came up with another great save. First, she poked away a pass intended for Bero low in the slot. But the Saints got the puck right back to Bero for a quick shot in traffic, and Snikeris was able to cover it up to keep the Bulldogs within one.

Yale (5-12-2, 4-7-1 ECAC Hockey) had one last chance to even the score at the start of the third period, but the Bulldogs' eighth power play of the game came and went without a shot on goal. Shortly after that power play ended, a goal by forward Kelly Sabatine gave St. Lawrence an extra cushion at 2-0.

The final four penalties of the game wound up being called on Yale, further limiting the Bulldogs' chances to get back in the game.

Saints goalie Maxie Weisz made the biggest of her 11 saves with eight minutes left in the game when she denied senior forward Bray Ketchum right at the doorstep after a perfect pass from junior forward Aleca Hughes.

Yale returns to Ingalls Rink to host Dartmouth next Friday at 7 p.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity