Marchment Nets Two; Saints Blank Dartmouth

Marchment Nets Two; Saints Blank Dartmouth

Kennedy Marchment (pictured above) scored two goals and Sonjia Shelly made 25 saves to record her third shutout of the season to lead the 10th-ranked St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to their fourth straight win with a 4-0 decision over Dartmouth on Friday night at Thompson Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire.

The Saints scored two goals in less than two minutes near the midway point of the first period, then added two goals in the third to pull away from the Big Green.

The game marked the first time the Saints have faced longtime St. Lawrence men's hockey coach Joe Marsh, who is serving as the interim women's hockey coach at Dartmouth as Laura Schuler is spending the year coaching the Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team.

"That was a good game to be a part of," said St. Lawrence head coach Chis Wells '92, who played for Marsh and later spent nearly a decade as a member of his coaching staff before becoming the head coach of the women's program in 2008. "Dartmouth and Hanover support their team so well. It's always a great atmosphere for women's hockey. Dartmouth was a bit snakebitten or the game could have been much closer. We were able to execute on a few plays and Shelly made saves at key points in the game. Both teams played hard all night."

Marchment's first goal came on a 2-on-1 with Hannah Miller and gave the Saints a 1-0 lead. Miller fed the puck across from left to right to Marchment, and while Dartmouth goaltender Christie Honor saved the first shot, Marchment made no mistake on the rebound for her 10th goal of the season.

Rachael Smith increased the lead to two goals less than two minutes later, taking a pass from Justine Reyes in the slot and beating Honor with a wrist shot low to the blocker side.

One of Dartmouth's best chances to score came five minutes into the third period, as Tess Bracken took a shot from the point through traffic. Shelly made the initial save, but several Dartmouth players had a whack at the rebound before a St. Lawrence player finally cleared the puck out of trouble.

The Saints had just one power play opportunity, and Marchment took advantage of it, scoring her second of the game with the Saints skating on the advantage halfway through the third period to give the Saints a 3-0 lead. Miller fed Reyes at the left side, and Reyes backhanded a pass across the crease and Marchment tapped it in at the right post for her second consecutive game with two goals and third of the season.

Kayla Nielsen added an empty-net goal in the closing minutes.

St. Lawrence did not take a penalty in the game, marking the fourth game this season that the Saints have not been sent to the box.

St. Lawrence improved to 13-7-3 overall, 9-3-1 in ECAC Hockey play, while Dartmouth fell to 4-13-1, 2-10-1. The Saints moved ahead of idle Quinnipiac into third place in the conference standings, three points behind Clarkson and Colgate. St. Lawrence will face Harvard in Boston on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.