Rookie's Hockey Hat Trick Sparks SLU Women Past UNH
St. Lawrence University first-year forward Anna Segedi registered her first career hat trick to lead the Saints' women's hockey team to a 4-1 win over the University of New Hampshire in a non-league game at the Whittemore Center in Durham, New Hampshire, on Thursday afternoon.
Segedi scored the Saints' last three goals of the game, including an empty net goal late in the third period, to move the Saints to 1-2-0 on the season.
St. Lawrence first-year goaltender Caitlin Whitehead made 23 saves to earn the win in her first collegiate start.
"We were able to pick up our pace from last weekend and gained confidence as the game went on," said head coach Chris Wells '92. "The puck bounced our way tonight and we were able to capitalize on some of our good chances. Always great to get the first one of the year."
After a fairly even first period, the Saints dominated the second period, outshooting UNH 11-3 and taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Rachel Teslak and Segedi.
Teslak opened the scoring with a power play goal less than a minute and a half into the period, putting the puck away on her own rebound after Shailynn Snow's shot from the left circle was kicked out to the slot by UNH goaltender Ava Boutilier.
Segedi scored her first goal of the game late in the second period. Teslak sprung Kayla Vespa on a 2-on-1, and Vespa fed Segedi at the bottom of the right circle. The rookie from Commerce Township, Michigan, hit a wide open net for her first career goal.
Vespa and Segedi connected again about halfway through the third period, this time with Segedi finishing after Vespa's shot from the slot was stopped by Boutilier.
Whitehead came up big for the Saints in the final frame, as the Wildcats held a 15-8 edge in shots in the third period. She stopped a point-blank shot by Taylor Wenczkowski about halfway through the period, and stoned Meghara McManus on a breakaway about five minutes later.
UNH was able to get on the scoreboard with just 1:35 remaining, as Emily Rickwood scored a power-play goal with the Wildcats skating 6-on-4. Whitehead stopped a shot by Tori Howran and dove across the net after giving up a rebound to get a glove on Rickwood's shot, but she didn't get enough of the puck to prevent it from going in.
Segedi effectively put the game away just nine seconds later, taking advantage of a Wilcat turnover in the neutral zone to snipe an empty net goal to complete the hat trick.
Boutilier made 24 saves for the Wildcats, who fell to 1-1-0.
The two teams will meet again at noon on Friday.