December 2, 2006

Third-Period Barrage Gives No. 7 St. Lawrence 7-3 Win

Dec. 2, 2006

Box Score

CANTON, N.Y. - No. 7 St. Lawrence broke open a 3-2 game with four goals in the third, finishing with a 7-3 win over Yale Saturday afternoon at Appleton Arena. Sabrina Harbec had a four-point night (1-3-4) to lead the Saints. Yale's goals came from senior forward Christina Sharun, freshman forward Mandi Schwartz and sophomore forward Crysti Howser.

Junior goaltender Shivon Zilis turned aside all 15 shots she faced in the first period, including two breakaways, to keep the game scoreless. The Saints broke through 51 seconds into the second period, though, as Anne Guay blasted one home for the 1-0 lead.

Chelsea Grills extended the lead to 2-0 at the 11:35 mark, knocking in a rebound with the Saints on the power play. Just over three minutes later a short-handed goal by Harbec on a breakaway made it 3-0. Grills assisted on the play, giving the Saints' senior star the 100th point of her career.

The Bulldogs fought back behind a pair of goals in the final 3:03 of the period. Sharun's wrister, assisted by sophomore defenseman Helen Resor, put Yale on the scoreboard. Schwartz then scored her second goal of the weekend, also assisted by Resor, to pull Yale within one 20 seconds before intermission.

The Saints entered the day with a commanding 26-0-1 advantage in the all-time series at Yale, but that belied a number of close games lately -- particularly at Appleton. Saturday marked the seventh straight time at Appleton that Yale has been within a goal of St. Lawrence in the third period, but this one ended as those others had: the Saints pulled away for the win. Abbie Bullard's power-play goal at 2:23 got the lead to 4-2, and a pair of Alison Domenico goals then put the game out of reach. Crystal Connors scored 21 seconds after Domenico's second goal to make it 7-2.

Howser, assisted by sophomore defenseman Maggie Westfal and senior forward Sheila Zingler, scored with 2:20 to play for the 7-3 final. That tied Yale's high for goals in a game versus the Saints.

Zilis finished with 34 saves, while Meaghan Guckian made 27 for the Saints.

With final exams looming Yale is off until Dec. 29, when the Bulldogs host UConn in the first game of the Nutmeg Classic (3:00 p.m.). That game will be broadcast as USCHO.com's "Game of the Week".

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

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