Smith Scores Two; St. Lawrence Shuts Out Syracuse

Smith Scores Two; St. Lawrence Shuts Out Syracuse

The No. 8 St. Lawrence University women's hockey team scored four goals in 10 minutes and four seconds — including a pair from senior Rachael Smith— to defeat Syracuse 4-0 in the consolation game of the Windjammer Classic on Saturday afternoon at the University of Vermont's Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Sonjia Shelly made 20 saves, including 10 in the athird period, to record her third shutout of the season.

"We had a great response in the second period after Syracuse had the better of the play in the first," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "We battled for some pucks and converted on some opportunities to get some confidence in our game. Sonjia made some nice saves at some key points of the game and it was nice to see everyone contribute."

Smith scored the first goal of the game eight minutes into the second period. Maggie McLaughlin feathered a pass to Smith right in the slot, and while Syracuse goaltender Maddi Welch was able to save Smiths' first shot, the St. Lawrence senior backhanded the rebound into the net for her fifth goal of the season. Amanda Butterfield was also awarded an assist on the play.

Smith gave the Saints a 2-0 lead just two minutes later. Welch made a save on a shot from the right side, but the puck squirted free and Smith was all alone at the left post to sweep it in for her second goal of the game. Kalie Grant and McLaughlin picked up assists on the play.

Smith had a chance for a natural hat trick when Lydia Grauer sprung her on a breakaway, but Welch made a blocker save to keep the Orange within two goals.

Charlea Pedersen gave the Saints a 3-0 lead with just over two minutes to play in the period, picking up a pass from Jessica Poirier all alone in front of the net and beating Welch glove side for her second goal of the season. Butterfield earned the secondary assist for her first career two-assist game.

Nadine Edney finished the run with her second goal of the weekend off assists from Kayla Nielsen and Justine Reyes to give the Saints a 4-0 lead at the second intermission.

After holding a slim 6-5 edge in shots on goal in the first period, the Saints dominated the second period, putting 17 shots on goal while giving up just five. 

Welch made 26 saves for Syracuse, which fell to 4-10-1.

The Saints, now 9-6-1 on the season, return to ECAC Hockey play with a series at Cornell at Colgate next weekend.