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SLU women tie Quinnipiac; SUNY Canton downs SUNY Buffalo

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HAMDEN, CT - St. Lawrence University goaltender Carmen MacDonald made a season-high 46 saves on Friday afternoon, backstopping the women’s hockey team to a 1-1 tie with nationally-ranked No. 5 Quinnipiac University.

Senior Rylee Smith scored the lone goal for the Saints, who move to 5-7-1 (4-2-1) on the season.

St. Lawrence was outshot 47-25, including a 16-4 deficit in the first period as Quinnipiac (10-1-4, 3-1-3) came out firing. It is the 12th consecutive game between the Saints and Bobcats that was determined by two or fewer goals, and the third overtime game in the last four meetings.

“It’s the understatement of the year to stay we were fortunate to get a tie,” said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. “We had our moments, but for the most part, Quinnipiac really kept us off our game.

Despite the heavy advantage in shots, Quinnipiac was unable to solve MacDonald in the opening period. Her play allowed St. Lawrence to steal a 1-0 lead early in the second stanza, as Smith put the visitors ahead 1-0 at 6:43. Just after a Bobcat penalty expired, Smith beat Quinnipiac goalie Chelsea Laden for her sixth of the season, with fellow senior captain Mel Desrochers earning the lone assist.

The Bobcats would respond minutes later at 9:24, converting on their first power play try of the game to level the scoring at 1-1. A beautiful cross-ice pass by Cydney Roesler set up Kelly Babstock perfectly, as she one-timed a slap shot past MacDonald for the tying tally and to cap the second period scoring.

The third period proved to be a goaltending dual, as Laden and MacDonald exchanged key saves throughout. MacDonald robbed Shiann Darkangelo on a rebound try in the slot, snaring the puck right off Darkangelo’s stick while diving to her left. She would then later stop Babstock in the final minute of the period on a short-handed breakaway try and clear the rebound to send the game to overtime.

St. Lawrence’s best chances to earn the victory came in the extra period, as they outshot Quinnipiac 5-3 and had several quality bids. The Saints had a 3-on-1, but a centering pass from rookie Brooke Webster failed to connect at the far post. Kayla Raniwsky also had a chance at the top of the crease, but Laden foiled it to keep it a 1-1 draw.

“(Kelly) Babstock is as much fun to watch as anyone we have seen this year,” added Coach Wells, whose team is currently tied for third in the ECAC Hockey standings. “I was very impressed with our resilience, especially in overtime where we had our best chances to win.”

Laden finished with 24 saves for Quinnipiac, which was 1-for-2 on the power play. St. Lawrence was 0-for-4.

The Saints will play their final conference game of the calendar year tomorrow at Princeton at 3 p.m.

SUNY Canton 5, SUNY Buffalo 2: Jessica Kistabish (Pikogan, QUE) tallied her first career hat trick and added a helper while former Salmon River Central standouts Karley Cree (Hogansburg, NY) assisted four goals as the women’s hockey team used a tremendous second period to defeat SUNY Buffalo on its home ice. The win extends the Roos unbeaten streak to five games as they improve to 3-2-2, while the loss drops the Bengals to 0-6-0.

The two teams played to a scoreless first period as Buffalo held an 11-5 shots on goal advantage. Whatever adjustments the Roo coaching staff made at the first intermission paid off as SUNY Canton outscored Buffalo State 5-1 in the second period. Just 34 seconds in Dana Morrison (Wemindji, QUE) tallied her second score of the season to give the hosts the 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes later Bernadette O’Connell (Buffalo, NY) netted her third marker of the season as Cree and Kistabish were credited with assists on the play.

At the 6:24 mark of the frame the Roos came through on the power play as Kistabish earned her first goal of the night and third of the season with Cree earning her third assist of the game. Midway through the stanza the Bengals went on a 5-on-3 and were able to capitalize when Nikki Kirchberger tallied her team-leading third goal of the season to get within 3-1.

SUNY Canton regained its three-goal advantage at the 13:33 mark when Kistabish lit the lamp for the fourth time this season beating Bengal net minder Jordan Lee. Cree and Morrison earned helpers on the play. Less than two minutes later the freshman from Pikogan, Quebec finished off the hat trick making a beautiful move to get Buffalo State goalie Sarah Quigley down and beat her top shelf. Morrison tallied an assist on the Kistabish goal.

Buffalo State added a score just 1:39 into the third period when Jeyna Minnick earned her second score of the season off a pass from Kara Goodwin.

Shayna Dominique (Mistissini, QUE) had another strong game between the pipes turning aside 28 shots on the evening. Lee made 11 saves over 33:33 for Buffalo, while Quigley stopped nine shots in relief.

The two teams square off against each other again today at 2 p.m. at the Roos House.

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