Robert Morris Shades Lady Saints
Lexi Templeman scored two goals, and Courtney Kollman scored the game-winner early in the third period to lead the Robert Morris women's hockey team to a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence on Friday afternoon at Roos House Ice Rink at SUNY Canton.
Kayla Vespa scored both goals for St. Lawrence.
Kollman's goal was the first shorthanded goal St. Lawrence has allowed this season. Kollman stole the puck from a St. Lawrence player behind the Saints' net and chipped it of another St. Lawrence player's stick from a sharp angle up and over Saints' goaltender Jaimie Rainville's shoulder into the top corner of the net.
"It was a tough one to have finish the way it did," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "Robert Morris really controlled the first period and we were lucky to get out of it 2-2. We did a nice job settling into our game and had plenty of chances to get the lead. Rainville did a nice job giving us a chance. Robert Morris deserves the win. (Head coach Paul Colontino) had his team more prepared to play than I did. We will look to rebound tomorrow."
Jaycee Gebhard set up the Colonials first goal, winning an offensive zone faceoff and dishing it to Templeman, who one-timed the feed from the slot into the back of the net.
The Saints responded just over a minute later, as Vespa took a pass from Julia Gosling and skated through the slot before flipping a backhand past Robert Morris goaltender Raygan Kirk for her ninth goal of the season.
Templeman scored her second of the game five minutes later, taking a pass from Michaela Boyle and skating across the crease before sliding a backhand just over the goal line.
Vespa tied it once again, this time with less than a minute to play in the first period. Anna Segedi set up the play with a pass from behind the net, and Vespa snuck a short-side shot through Kirk's leg pads.
Robert Morris outshot the Saints 28-10 in the first period, but the second period was much more even, with the Colonials holding an 8-5 edge. St. Lawrence had a number of chances to tie the score in the third period, outshooting Robert Morris 15-9 in the final frame.
Rainville made a career-high 42 saves in the loss, while Raygan stopped 28 shots for the Colonials.
St. Lawrence was 0-for-3 on the power play, and Robert Morris was 0-for-5.
The loss was the third in a row for the Saints, who fell to 5-7-3. Robert Morris improved to 9-5-1. The two teams will face each other again on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roos House Ice Rink.