RPI Slips Up Against No. 9/10 St. Lawrence

RPI Slips Up Against No. 9/10 St. Lawrence

CANTON, N.Y. - Maggie McLaughlin scored a goal and added an assist, and four other players scored goals to lead the No. 9/10 St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to a 5-0 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the ECAC Hockey opener for both teams on Friday night at Appleton Arena.

Rachael Smith, Dakota Golde, Steph Keryluk and Nadine Edney also scored for St. Lawrence, which improves to 5-5-1 overall (1-0-0 ECAC Hockey), while the Engineers fell to 2-4-2 (0-1-0).

Smith gave the Saints a 1-0 lead with seven and a half minutes to play in the first period, tipping a shot from the point by Kristen Guerriero past Lovisa Selander. The goal was the third of the season for Smith and Guerriero's assist was her first collegiate point.

Golde scored the Saints' second goal five minutes later, redirecting a centering pass from Jessica Poirier into the net for her first goal of the season.

St. Lawrence pulled away with three goals in the second period. Keryluk blast a slap shot to the top right corner for her second of the year, Edney scored her second of the season on a double-tipped shot from the point by Jacquie Diffley that was originally redirected by Justine Reyes, and Maggie McLaughlin shovelled in a rebound for her second goal of the year. Poirier and Diffley both registered two assists for the Saints.

Grace Harrison got the win, making six saves in the first 34:15 before being relieved by Jaimie Rainville, who stopped 10 shots in her first collegiate action. Selander made 26 saves in the first two periods; Kira Bombay made 16 saves and didn't allow a goal in the third period for the Engineers.

The Saints dominated nearly every aspect of the game, holding a 47-16 advantage in shots on goal, including a 31-7 edge in the first two periods. St. Lawrence was also 32-15 in the faceoff circle.

St. Lawrence will face Union at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex on Saturday (7:30pm). RPI visits No. 3 Clarkson tomorrow afternoon (3pm).