Jan. 13, 2006
CANTON, N.Y. - Three power-play goals by No. 3 St. Lawrence in the third period turned a 2-1 Yale lead into a 4-2 Saints win Friday night in Canton. The Bulldogs got goals from Deena Caplette and Lisa Jacque, along with 27 saves from Sarah Love, but were unable to hold back the powerful St. Lawrence offense.
The Saints (16-2-2, 6-1-2 ECACHL) took an early lead on a power-play goal by Marianna Locke at 6:30 of the first, but Yale tied it up later in the period. Yale (5-8-3, 2-3-3 ECACHL) cleared the puck from its defensive zone for a change and Saints goaltender Meaghan Guckian (14 saves) came out to clear the puck. A strange bounce led to an open net goal for Caplette at 15:55.
St. Lawrence held a 7-6 edge in shots after one, but turned up the pressure in the second. Love made 14 saves in the frame, and Yale made one of its five shots count. After initially having a shot blocked, Carlee Ness picked up the loose puck and centered a pass to a wide open Jacque, who slipped the puck past Guckian with 7:54 to play in the period.
A loss would have been St. Lawrence's second in a row, something that has not happened to the Saints yet this season. Their potent power play, which was fifth in the country entering Friday's game (21.6%), ensured that that would not happen. Alison Domenico tied the game up on the power play just 2:02 into the third, and another power-play goal by Locke gave St. Lawrence the lead at 7:50. Crystal Connors' power-play tally with 5:39 remaining in the game made the final 4-2.
The Bulldogs finished 0-for-10 on the power play in the penalty-filled game, while St. Lawrence was 4-for-9.
Yale travels to No. 9 Clarkson Saturday at 4 p.m.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity