November 7, 2008

Three-Goal Third Powers No. 9 St. Lawrence Past Yale 6-2

Nov. 7, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - No. 9 St. Lawrence broke open a 3-2 game with three goals in the third period, including two power-play tallies, en route to a 6-2 win over Yale Friday night at Ingalls Rink. Freshman goalie Genny Ladiges made 24 saves and kept her team in the game for more than 40 minutes before the Saints finally pulled away. Freshman forward Aleca Hughes and junior defenseman Alyssa Clarke scored for Yale.

The Saints enjoyed a 12-4 shot edge in the first period, but Ladiges kept them off the scoreboard. Junior forward Mandi Schwartz generated two quality scoring chances early on, starting with a tricky wrist shot from high in the slot midway through the first that goalie Brittony Chartier was just able to get a piece of with her blocker. Schwartz had another shot with 8:30 left in the period that Chartier partially stopped, but the puck trickled behind her in the crease and was headed into the goal until a St. Lawrence player swooped in to clear it away.

Ladiges made a host of impressive saves as the first period wore on, starting with a sequence with seven minutes left in which she denied forward Karell Emard's initial shot and then, while sprawled out on the ice, covered up forward Lisa Batchelor's attempt to stuff in the rebound.

Two minutes after that forward Jordan Pyers skated behind the Yale defense and tested Ladiges again, but the freshman slid over to stop her wrister from low in the right circle.

A Yale penalty with 3:17 left in the period gave the Saints more opportunities. Ladiges made a pair of kick saves with traffic in front of her, stopping forward Marianna Locke first and then defenseman Michelle Zimmerman right as the Yale penalty expired.

Ladiges' busy period ended with a pair of saves, first on defenseman Courtney Sawchuk and then on forward Alison Domenico's rebound attempt, with five seconds to go before intermission.

The second period turned into a wild back-and-forth affair midway through. Sawchuk started the scoring, blasting in a puck that bounced out to her when forward Tara Akstull's shot was blocked. But the Bulldogs answered immediately. After the faceoff senior Crysti Howser took the puck off the boards and got it to sophomore forward Bray Ketchum, who set up Hughes for the game-tying goal 13 seconds after Sawchuk's tally.

St. Lawrence (4-1-2, 1-0-0 ECAC Hockey) went back ahead three minutes later when Domenico deflected in Batchelor's pass from the side of the goal. The Saints extended the lead to two on a power-play goal by forward Vanessa Emond, who deflected in Sawchuk's shot.

Yale got a power play when the Saints were whistled for charging on the faceoff after the St. Lawrence goal, and the Bulldogs took advantage of it. Hughes threw the puck around the boards behind the net to senior defenseman Helen Resor, who got it up to Clarke near the blue line. Clarke skated in from the boards and put a slap shot past Chartier low on her blocker side to pull Yale within one.

The Bulldogs had a 5-on-3 that spanned the end of the second and the start of the third, but a turnover and a penalty on Yale brought that advantage to an end prematurely. The Saints converted on their resulting power play when Locke pushed a loose puck past Ladiges' left pad.

The Saints extended the lead with another power-play goal four minutes later. After Ladiges made the initial save, forward Carson Duggan was able to knock the puck in while on the ice to make it 5-2 St. Lawrence. A steal at the Yale blue line gave Akstull a wide open shot moments later, and while Ladiges was able to maneuver into position to deny that shot she could not get forward Alley Bero's rebound. That made it 6-2 with 5:46 to play, and the Bulldogs could not regain any momentum.

"We just didn't play well in our own end," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. "They outworked us and scored a couple of goals early on. Most of their power-play goals were goals they worked hard to finish on."

Chartier finished with 19 saves. Bero and Duggan each had a goal and two assists to lead all scorers.

Yale (1-3-0, 1-2-0 ECAC Hockey) hosts Clarkson Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

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

Video by David Dikranian

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