No. 6/7 St. Lawrence Tops Yale 7-2

Jan. 12, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - No. 6/7 St. Lawrence got two goals and an assist from Sabrina Harbec, powering to a 7-2 win over Yale Friday night at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs had a 34-33 shot edge but Saints goaltender Meaghan Guckian made 32 saves and thee Yale shots hit the pipes. Freshman defenseman Alyssa Clarke scored her first career goal and sophomore defenseman Helen Resor added her fourth of the year for Yale.

St. Lawrence (16-5-2, 8-3-0 ECAC), which entered the game with a 27-0-1 lead in the all-time series with Yale, established control early on. The Bulldogs incurred the first of their three penalties in the first period just 88 seconds in, but were able to deny the Saints' dangerous power play (.229, seventh in the NCAA).

A minute after the Yale penalty expired junior goaltender Shivon Zilis got her left leg out to deny a powerful slap shot from Annie Guay. Zilis froze the puck, but the Saints kept it in the Yale zone on the ensuing faceoff. Guay tossed the puck in front of the net, where Carson Duggan had two shots at. The second one went in at the 4:40 mark.

Guckian denied a wraparound try by senior forward Sheila Zingler off a feed from Resor a minute later. She also stopped a shot from sophomore forward Sarah Tittman in the slot, and then the Bulldogs got their first tough break. Sophomore defenseman Maggie Westfal set up sophomore forward Crysti Howser for a breakaway, but Howser's shot hit metal and the Saints maintained their 1-0 lead.

Yale's second penalty of the period led to St. Lawrence's second goal, as Chelsea Grills banged one home from right in front of the net off a Crystal Connors feed at the 11:34 mark.

The Bulldogs (9-8-0, 5-7-0 ECAC) began generating some more shots as the period wore on, and Guckian's juggle of a shot from the point by senior defenseman Regan Gilbride nearly handed Yale a goal with eight minutes remaining. Guckian fell back to grab that puck and keep it out of the net, then later covered sophomore defenseman Carry Resor's shot through heavy traffic.

With 1:40 left in the period the Bulldogs were whistled for another penalty, though with 20 seconds left senior forward Zingler forced the Saints into a penalty of their own by drawing a hook. The two teams were thus skating 4-on-4 as the second period began, but just as the Yale penalty expired Harbec scored unassisted to extend the Saints' lead to 3-0.

Another Yale penalty midway through the period led to the same type of sequence: the Saints set up their offense on the power play, then scored just as the penalty expired. This time it was Duggan potting a perfect feed from Harbec.

A pair of penalties on the Saints then gave Yale a 5-on-3 for 30 seconds, but the Bulldogs were unable to take advantage. St. Lawrence nearly scored a short-handed goal after the first penalty expired, but Zilis made a nice kick save on Guay on a breakaway 13:30 into the period.

Zilis could not stop Harbec a minute later, though, as she made it a 5-0 game with her 14th goal of the year. That led to a Yale timeout, and the momentum in the game momentarily shifted back to the Bulldogs.

With one St. Lawrence penalty in the process of being called but the puck in Yale's control, the Saints incurred another one at the 15:28 mark, giving Yale the rare chance at a full two-minute 5-on-3. They needed only six seconds of it to finally get on the board, as Resor blasted a slap shot past Guckian at the 15:34 mark. Sophomore defenseman Maggie Westfal and freshman forward Mandi Schwartz assisted on the play.

A minute later Clarke got the Saints to take another penalty, as she was hit from behind by Kerri Wallace -- meriting Wallace a five-minute major and a game misconduct. That gave Yale another 5-on-3, this one for 54 seconds. Guckian gloved a Resor slap shot at the start of the power play, but at the 17:48 mark Clarke deflected senior forward Jenna Spring's slap shot past Guckian.

Now within striking distance, the end of the period would prove to be frustrating for the Bulldogs. With 87 seconds left Zingler backhanded a rebound just wide. Thirty seconds after that, in the midst of a wild scramble in front of the net, senior forward Kristin Savard hit the post while trying to chip the puck in. The Saints were unable to control the puck, and just seconds after that a shot from Resor hit the pipes as well. The period ended with Yale still trailing by three goals despite putting 15 shots on net in the frame.

The Bulldogs were still on the power play as the third period began because of the Wallace penalty, but Guckian denied Savard off a nice feed from Resor a minute in. After the Saints killed off the rest of the penalty they re-established control with Connors knocking a rebound of Brittany Maschmeyer's shot past Zilis at the 8:29 mark to make it 6-2.

Yale had another near miss with under six minutes remaining, as Resor's shot hit off Guckian's glove, flipped in the air behind her and wound up landing harmlessly on the top of the net. Guckian then denied a flurry of Yale shots from Clarke, sophomore forward Danielle Kozlowski and senior forward Christina Sharun with five minutes to play. Elizabeth Pahler shot one past Zilis off a faceoff win by Jordan Pyers with 2:16 remaining to make the final 7-2.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday afternoon against Clarkson at 4:00 at Ingalls Rink. The game will be broadcast on WYBC 1340 and www.wybc.com.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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