St. Lawrence Wins on Last Second Goal in OT

St. Lawrence Wins on Last Second Goal in OT

After the St. Lawrence University and University of New Hampshire women's hockey teams played to a 1-1 tie, it appeared that the two teams would finish the weekend deadlocked yet again on Saturday afternoon.

But St. Lawrence sophomore defenseman Skylar Podvey moved the result into the win column when she scored off a slap shot from just outside the left faceoff circle with 0.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the 10th-ranked Saints to a 1-0 win over the University of New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon at Appleton Arena.

Podvey's shot deflected off UNH goaltender Ava Boutilier before fluttering into the netting in the back of the goal, and the clock read zeros when the puck fell to the ice. After a video review, on-ice officials determined that the puck crossed the line just prior to the final buzzer, giving the Saints the victory. Kayla Vespa and Justine Reyes picked up assists on the play.

"I haven't seen anything like that before," said head coach Chris Wells '92. "That was a lot of fun. We really stuck with it and we were rewarded with an exciting finish. It's fitting with how well the 'D' played all weekend that one of them got the winner."

After a slow first period that saw a total of eight shots on goal (5-3 in favor of St. Lawrence), the Saints picked up the pressure, outshooting the Wildcats 15-5 in the second and 11-9 in the third. St. Lawrence finished the game with a 35-19 advantage in shots on goal.

Sonjia Shelly made 19 saves to record her first shutout of the season and the sixth of her career. She now sits in a tie with Caryn Ungewitter '01 for sixth place on the Saints' all-time list.

Boutilier stopped 34 shots for the Wildcats.

St. Lawrence improved to 2-1-1 on the season, while UNH fell to 0-1-1. The Saints go on the road next week to face sixth-ranked Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with games at 6 p.m. on Thursday and 2 p.m. on Friday.