St. Lawrence Drops Second Straight OT Heartbreaker at BC

St. Lawrence Drops Second Straight OT Heartbreaker at BC

For the second day in a row, the 10th-ranked St. Lawrence University women's hockey team had a chance to beat sixth-ranked Boston College on the road. And for the second day in a row, the Saints' efforts came up just short with another 2-1 overtime loss to the Eagles.

Cayla Barnes scored an extra attacker goal with 27.5 seconds remaining in the third period, and Grace Bizal scored 1:43 into the overtime period for Boston College.

"That was another great effort for our team," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "A heartbreaker to say the least, to come away without a win or tie while playing so well all weekend against one of the most talented teams in country. We certainly continue to get better so we can take that from the weekend. It was fun to watch our kids play so hard for each other at this point in the season. A bounce here or there and the results could have been flipped, but we know we will start getting those bounces if we keep playing the way we did for the last six plus periods." 

The Saints once again had to survive an early onslaught of shots by the Eagles, who had the first eight shots on goal in the game.

St. Lawrence started to put apply some pressure after BC was whistled for the game's first penalty halfway through the first period. Steph Keryluck had a golden scoring opportunity during the ensuing power play, one-timing a feed from Kayla Vespa right on net, but McArthur made the stop to keep the Saints off the board.

Less than a minute later, St. Lawrence goaltender Sonjia Shelly stopped Daryl Watts on a breakaway, sticking out her left leg pad to deny the 2018 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner's bid for the first goal of the game.

Vespa had another scoring chance in the closing seconds of the first period, making a nice move with a toe drag to get an open shot, but BC goaltender Maddy McArthur stopped her wrist shot from the slot.

Watts almost scored the first goal four minutes into the second period, but her shot from the slot rang off the crossbar.

Maggie McLaughlin gave the Saints a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the second period. Vespa caused a turnover on the forecheck and sent a behind-the-back pass to McLaughlin, who wired a shot into the top left corner for her first goal of the season.

BC pulled McArthur for the extra attacker in the final minute of the game, and Barnes swept the puck into the net on a diving backhand after a scramble in front of the Saints' net.

Bizal's game-winner game on a shot from the point that deflected off a St. Lawrence defender into the top corner of the net. Makenna Newkirk set up the goal with a between the legs pass back to Bizal.

Shelly had an outstanding game for the Saints, stopping 34 shots. McArthur made 15 saves for BC, which outshot St. Lawrence 36-16.

St. Lawrence fell to 2-3-1, while BC moved to 3-2-0 on the season. The game was the fifth consecutive overtime game for the Saints, which extends a program record.

The Saints return to the North Country for a home-and-home series with top-ranked Clarkson next weekend. The teams will face off at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Appleton Arena, then play at Cheel Arena in Potsdam at 3 p.m. on Saturday.