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No. 4 Saints Take 4-0 Win Despite O’Brien’s 26 Saves

Kyra O'Brien. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kyra O'Brien. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team was facing a tough challenge Friday night at Ingalls Rink, going into a matchup against No. 4 St. Lawrence with two of the team's goalies unavailable. Sophomore goalie Kyra O'Brien was called upon for her second career start and performed admirably, but ultimately the undefeated Saints came away with the victory -- their 10th in a row.

O'Brien's last start was Jan. 16, but she showed no signs of rust Friday night. She stopped 10 of 11 shots in the first period, allowing only a tip by forward Nadine Edney to get past her at the 11:03 mark for a 1-0 Saints lead. SLU extended that lead in the second, as forward Hannah Miller slipped behind the Yale defense and tallied her sixth goal of the season.

Later in the second St. Lawrence (12-0-1, 7-0-0 ECAC Hockey) had the first power play of the game, but some excellent penalty killing from the unit of senior defenseman Taylor Marchin, junior forward Emily Monaghan, junior forward Courtney Pensavalle and sophomore defenseman Julia Yetman set the tone for the successful kill. The Bulldogs then had a golden chance to get on the scoreboard in the final seconds of the period, but senior forward Phoebe Staenz was just barely offside as she attempted to corral a stretch pass on a breakaway.

Edney tacked on two more goals in the third to complete her hat trick, and the Saints killed off a late 5-on-3 to seal the win. SLU goalie Grace Harrison finished with 30 saves, becoming the first goalie this season to shut out Yale -- the top scoring offense in the country entering the night.

Yale (4-4-1, 2-4-1 ECAC Hockey) hosts No. 7 Clarkson Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

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