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SLU Ladies Skate Past Team Korea

CANTON - Seven different St. Lawrence women's hockey players scored goals, and 12 skaters tallied at least one point as the Saints defeated the Korean National Team in an exhibition game at Roos House Ice Rink on Thursday night at SUNY Canton.

The Saints dominated the game from the opening faceoff, scoring four goals in a span of five and a half minutes in the first period and outshooting the Koreans 42-10.

"Good effort all around tonight," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "I was happy to see the jump we had and equally happy to see some kids score. It was a great crowd for a Thursday night and a festive atmosphere to start the game. A great experience for both teams."

Kayla Vespa, who was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week in each of the last two weeks, opened the scoring six and a half minutes into the game, creating a turnover in the Korean defensive zone and sending a wrist shot past Korean goaltender Han Do-Hee's blocker side.

Brittney Gout added to the lead just 47 seconds later, taking a pass from Anna Segedi in the slot and maneuvering around Han to slide the puck into the net.

Segedi gave St. Lawrence a 3-0 lead halfway through the first, picking up a loose puck on the left side boards and skating towards the Korean net, finding the five-hole as she fell to the ice.

Kalie Grant found Skylar Podvey all alone in the slot just over two minutes later, and Podvey flipped a wrist shot top shelf glove side to give the Saints a 4-0 lead at the first intermission.

Kristen Guerriero scored the Saints' fifth goal, taking advantage of a turnover and sending a wrist shot from the slot into the net at the 7:34 mark of the second.

Choi Ji-Yeon scored Korea's lone goal, as her wrist shot from the left bounced off St. Lawrence goaltender Caitlin Whitehead's glove and trickled over the goal line to cut the Saints' lead to 5-1 at the second intermission.

Shailynn Snow scored the Saints' sixth goal, redirecting a loose puck in front of the net past Han after Vespa bounced a pass off the boards.

Dakota Golde scored the final goal of the game on a breakaway sprung by a pass by Stephanie Voge. Golde flipped a backhand over Han's leg pad with just 25.5 seconds to play.

Han made 35 saves for Korea, stopping 27 of 30 shots over the final two periods.

Lucy Morgan, Caitlin Whitehead and Grace Smith each played one period in goal for the Saints. Morgan made six saves in the first period, Whitehead made two in the second, and Morgan stopped one shot in the third.

The Saints have this weekend off, then open conference play at Rensselaer and Union next weekend.

The SLU Women's Hockey Team and Team Korea enjoyed an international experience in Thursday's game at SUNY Canton.


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