CANTON, N.Y. — Behind three first-period goals, the St. Lawrence Saints finished off a weekend sweep of the Yale Bulldogs with a 5-2 victory Saturday at Appleton Arena. Gina Kingsbury tallied two goals, and leads the team in scoring with 13 goals in the 11 games she has played this year.
Kingsbury put the Saints on the board just 1:01 in the first period, and senior forward Jessica Wilson followed Kingsbury in scoring after receiving a pass from Rebecca Russell, putting the Saints up 2-0.
Trisha Powers tallied her tenth goal of the year just two minutes after Wilson, with assists from Whitney Carbone and Colleen Coakley. The first period ended with the Saints up 3-0.
Saint freshman goalie Leah Armendariz replaced Rachel Barrie (four saves) after the first period, and the Bulldogs netted the first two goals of the second period. Erin Duggan scored the first, from the slot with assists from Tara O’Donnell and Keeley Macmillan.
Bulldog Deanna McDevitt found the bottom-left side of the net on a breakaway after receiving a pass from Rory Neuner for the second Yale goal, but Kingsbury scored her second goal of the game on a Saints power play.
Rebecca Russell kept the puck in the Bulldog zone and passed to Meghan Maguire, who found Kingsbury open in the slot. Kingsbury placed the puck over Bulldog goaltender Nicolette Franck’s right shoulder, and the Saints ended the second period with a 4-2 lead.
Saints forward Shannon Smith scored the only goal of the third period. Maguire recovered a Yale turnover in the neutral zone and deflected the puck to Saints forward Ricki-Lee Doyle. Doyle pushed the puck up to Smith, who found the top-right corner, completing the Saints 5-2 victory.
Armendariz made 16 saves in her two periods of play. Franck made 30 saves, as the Saints outshot the Bulldog’s 35-22. The Saints killed off all eight Bulldog power plays and capitalized on one of their five power-play opportunities.