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Bulldogs Fall 5-1 at St. Lawrence

Tara Tomimoto. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Tara Tomimoto. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Tomimoto Scores First Goal of Season

CANTON, N.Y. – After junior defenseman Tara Tomimoto gave the Yale women's ice hockey team an early 1-0 lead with a power play goal Saturday afternoon at St. Lawrence, the Saints came charging back with five goals -- including a hat trick by forward Abbey McRae and a pair of goals by forward Kelly Sabatine -- to beat the Bulldogs 5-1. The win extends St. Lawrence's winning streak to six games and keeps the Saints unbeaten in conference play. Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff made 42 saves, two shy of her season high.

After scoring four power play goals in a three-game span earlier in the year, Yale (1-7-0, 1-5-0 ECAC Hockey) had gone scoreless on the man advantage in its last two. That changed when Tomimoto scored off a feed from senior forward Danielle Moncion at 7:12, Tomimoto's first goal since Nov. 13, 2010 -- in between, she missed a year and half due to injury.

McRae tied the game 10 minutes later, then put the Saints up 2-1 with a power play goal at 7:40 of the second. The Saints wound up finishing three-for-seven on the power play.

St. Lawrence (6-5-0, 4-0-0 ECAC Hockey) outshot Yale 19-7 in the final period, scoring three times -- including two on the power play. Mikaela Thompson came on to play the final 6:17 in relief of starting goalie Carmen MacDonald, who made 12 saves.

Yale returns to Ingalls Rink for a pair of games vs. No. 4 Mercyhurst next Friday and Saturday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity

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