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SLU Ladies Surge Past Clarkson To Number Two Seed

Charlea Pedersen scored her first two goals of the season, and Brittney Gout and Taylor Lum also tallied their first goals of the year as the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team raced out to a 4-0 lead en route to a 5-1 victory over Clarkson in the ECAC Hockey regular season finale on Monday night at Appleton Arena.

With the win, their third in four days over the Golden Knights, the Saints claim the No. 2 seed in the ECAC Hockey tournament and will host Clarkson in the semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m.

"We are so proud of all the players in that locker room," said Saints' assistant coach Mare MacDougall Bari. "We just feel so fortunate that we are able to play the game that we love when so many other student-athletes on our own campus and in our league have not been able to, so to have the opportunity to come back and host a playoff game right here at Appleton is even more special this year."

The four-goal margin of victory is the second-largest in program history against Clarkson. The only other time St. Lawrence has defeated Clarkson by more than three goals was a 5-0 victory on October 21, 2006.

Pedersen got the scoring started just over five minutes into the first period, shooting the puck off a Clarkson defender's skate and past Clarkson goaltender Marie-Pier Coulombe. Jessica Poirier and Kristina Bahl picked up assists on the play.

Gout increased the lead to 2-0 with a power play goal eight minutes later, deflecting a crossing pass from Anna Segedi into the net, with Bahl picking up her second assist of the game.

Pedersen scored her second goal two minutes later on a rebound, after Lum's backhand bounced off Coulombe's leg pad right onto Pedersen's stick. Shailynn Snow started the play with a shot from the left side that Coulombe saved before stopping Lum's shot.

Lum scored her first career goal on the power play with 3:20 remaining in the first period, deflecting a blast by Kristen Guerriero from the point into the top right corner.

Clarkson's Kristy Pidgeon scored the lone goal for Clarkson on a power play late in the first period, putting away a rebound after a shot by Tia Stoddard was stopped by St. Lawrence goaltender Lucy Morgan.

Gabi Jones scored on an empty net with 1:39 remaining, with Bahl earning her third assist of the game, and Aly McLeod picking up her first career point with the secondary assist.

Clarkson held a 35-26 edge in shots on goal, including a 15-10 advantage in the third period, but Morgan stopped 34 shots to earn her fifth win of the season for the Saints. Coulombe made five saves for Clarkson; Michelle Pasiechnyk stopped all 16 shots she faced after entering the game after the Saints scored their fourth goal.

The Saints (5-6-0 overall, 5-5-0 ECAC Hockey) were 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Golden Knights (8-9-1, 3-6-0) were 1-for-5.

The winner of Friday's semifinal game will advance to the ECAC Hockey Championship, scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. If Colgate wins their semifinal with Quinnipiac, the Raiders will host the championship. If Quinnipiac wins, the winner of Friday's game between St. Lawrence and Clarkson will host the game.

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