Saints Blank Yale

CANTON, NY -- St. Lawrence University sophomore Vanessa Emond continued her consistent scoring with a three-point outing against Yale University on Friday afternoon, leading the No. 7/6 Saints to a 4-0 shutout of the Bulldogs.  Emond finished with two power play goals and an assist as the Scarlet and Brown improved to 28-0-1 all-time against Yale.

St. Lawrence (3-2-3, 1-1-0) picked up its first ECAC Hockey points of the season with the victory having controlled the tempo and the scoring chances in the game.  The Saints outshot Yale (0-1-1, 0-1-0) by a sound 35-15 margin and scored three power play goals on eight tries.  Meanwhile, Emond, who had only six goals all of last year, brought her second-season total to seven with the two-goal effort.

"I thought we had a good, complete effort tonight," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells.  "When they came at us, Brittony (Chartier) was there to shut them down.  We've had some solid efforts over the last couple of weeks and tonight we were awarded with some goals."

Yale goaltender Jackee Snikeris had an impressive first period, as she made 16 saves and kept the Saints off the scoreboard despite being consistently challenged.  It wasn't until Emond took a pass from first-year student Michelle Ng and cut through Snikeris' crease on a breakaway try and tucked it behind the goaltender for a 1-0 St. Lawrence lead at 13:20.  The goal was a power play goal and was the Levis, QC native's sixth of the season.

The Saints would build their cushion to 2-0 only 2:55 later when first-year Kayla Sullivan scored the only even strength goal of the contest at 16:15 of the opening stanza.  Junior Lauren Brozowski kept the puck in the zone at the Yale blue line and fired a slap shot that went wide left of Snikeris.  However, Emond was waiting at the far post, and she was able to snag the puck, put it to the ice and slide a precise pass to Sullivan, who finished the play for her third goal of the season.  Both Emond (5) and Brozowski (1) were credited with assists on the goal that capped the first period scoring.

St. Lawrence held an impressive 18-7 lead in shots on goal, though Chartier was clutch when challenged in making all seven stops. 

Emond would push the Saints' lead to 3-0 midway through the second period with another power play goal.  She was able to pounce on a rebound off of a senior Britni Smith slap shot and beat Snikeris for her second goal of the game.  First-year student Kelly Sabatine (4) also assisted on the only goal of the second period.

After Yale replaced Snikeris with Genny Ladiges to start the third period, Smith would seemingly put the game out of reach only 38 seconds into the final frame.  The Port Perry, ON native fired a slap shot from the blue line that fooled Ladiges for Smith's first goal of the season which came on the power play.  Sabatine (5) and Ng (3) were credited with assists.

With the Saints' offense rolling, Chartier matched their efforts on the defensive end with 15 total saves in the game including several stops on Yale's Bray Ketchum and Aleca Hughes to earn her first shutout of the 2009-10 season.  Snikeris closed with 23 saves but suffered the loss while Ladiges made eight stops in relief.

The Saints' special teams helped secure Friday's win, as they finished 3-of-8 (38%) on the power play and held Yale scoreless with the extra skater (0-for-6).

The Scarlet and Brown will look to earn a weekend sweep tomorrow, Saturday, October 31st when they face Brown University at Appleton Arena.  The puck will drop on the Saints and Bears at 3:00pm.