St. Lawrence Beats Penn State

The third-ranked St. Lawrence University women's hockey team continued its record-setting run with a 2-0 win over Penn State on Tuesday afternoon at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa.
 
The shutout was a record fifth in a row for the Saints, and sophomore goaltender Grace Harrison broke the program record for shutouts in a season with her seventh just halfway through the regular season. The team now has nine shutouts, which ties the program record, set in 2005-06.

At 15-0-1, the Saints extended their school record unbeaten streak and remain the only team in the nation that has not yet suffered a loss. The team also tied a school record with its 12th consecutive victory. 
 
The Scarlet and Brown also broke the program record for longest shutout streak just 63 seconds into game. The previous record, set during the 2001-02 season, was 265 minutes, 52 seconds. The Saints have now played 324:49 of shutout hockey; they haven't allowed a goal since November 11, and have only allowed two since Oct. 28.
 
The win was also the fourth road win in five days for St. Lawrence, which defeated Yale and Brown in ECAC Hockey contests over the weekend before sweeping Penn State in a two-game set in Happy Valley.
 
"The team really dug deep today to finish off this stretch of games," said head coach Chris Wells '92. "Penn State made some nice adjustments and we had trouble finding our game early on. Once again we felt more comfortable in the second and Kayla Vespa's goal early in the third was just what we needed. Penn State had some nice chances that just went wide, hit the post and Grace stopped."
 
After a scoreless first period, Hannah Miller gave the Saints a 1-0 lead early in the second, taking a pass from Lydia Grauer at the Penn State blue line and leading a 2-on-1 break with Kennedy Marchment. With the defender closely marking Marchment, Miller skated in on the goal and beat Penn State goaltender Hannah Ehresmann low on the blocker side.
 
Vespa scored a highlight reel goal early in the third period to extend the lead to two goals. Grauer again set up the play, finding Vespa with a breakout pass into the neutral zone, and Vespa did the rest, beating two defenders with incredible stick handling and sending a shot in on goal that Ehresmann got most, but not all of, as it trickled over the line for Vespa's second goal of the season.
 
Harrison and the Saints' defense shut down the Nittany Lions for the second night in a row. Harrison made 16 saves, including a stop on Penn State senior Amy Peterson from just outside the crease halfway through the second period, to preserve a 1-0 lead, and the Saints blocked 19 shots, including 10 in the third period, to keep the shutout streak alive.
 
One St. Lawrence streak did come to an end, as Brooke Webster didn't register a point for the first time since Feb. 26, 2016, the first ECAC Hockey quarterfinal game against Princeton last season. The streak lasted 18 games and tied the program record, set by Emilie Berlinguette '06 during the 2004-05 season.
 
The Scarlet and Brown have the weekend off, then close the first semester with a home-and-home series with fifth-ranked Clarkson, who is tied with the Saints in first place in the ECAC Hockey standings at a perfect 8-0-0.
 
"We will enjoy our break and get ready for a great week of hockey in the North Country," said Wells.
 
The two teams faced each other in two non-league games earlier this season. The Saints beat Clarkson 2-1 at Appleton on Oct. 7, then tied the Golden Knights 3-3 a day later at Cheel.
 
St. Lawrence will host the opener on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., then makes the short trip up Rt. 11 to Cheel Arena in Potsdam for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday, Dec. 3.