Lady Saints Skate To 2-1 Win Over Yale
Grace Lee scored on a rebound right in front of the net at the 12:44 mark of the third period to lead the Yale University women's hockey team to a 2-1 win over St. Lawrence University in an ECAC Hockey contest on Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Connecticut. Jessica Poirier scored the lone goal for the Saints, who had a three-game winning streak and a five-game unbeaten streak snapped with the loss. "It was a night where we didn't have our best, but almost stole something out of it," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "Lucy Morgan kept us in it all night. Kayla Vespa hit the bar right before they scored to make it 2-1. This is the way the games are going to be the rest of the way in and we will continue to learn from them win or lose. It will be nice to get back into a week where it finishes at Appleton!" The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead early in the first period, as Elle Hartje swept the puck into the net from the slot after Laura Anderson chipped it to her from the side of the net. Poirier tied the game early in the second period with a wrist shot from the circle to the far post after Skylar Podvey sprung her free down the right side. The goal was the fifth of the season for Poirier. Halfway through the second, Maggie McLaughlin nearly set up another goal for the Saints, beating a Yale defender down the ice to wave off an icing call. She passed the puck out front to Brittney Gout, but Yale goaltender Gianna Meloni stopped the shot to keep the game tied. Just a few minutes after Vespa nearly gave the Saints their first lead of the game with a shot off the post, Yale took the lead for good. Morgan stopped a shot from the point by Saroya Tinker, but the rebound landed right at the feet of Lee, who flipped the puck into the net. Rebecca Vanstone also picked up an assist on the play. Morgan made 28 saves for the Saints, while Meloni stopped 18 shots for the Bulldogs. Neither team took a penalty in the game. St. Lawrence fell to 8-8-5 overall, 3-4-2 in ECAC Hockey, while Yale improved to 9-8-0, 5-4-0. The Saints will play their first game of the season in the renovated Appleton Arena next Saturday against Clarkson. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.