St. Lawrence concludes 2018-19 season with loss to No. 7 Princeton

St. Lawrence concludes 2018-19 season with loss to No. 7 Princeton

PRINCETON, NJ -- Maggie McLaughlin gave the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team a 1-0 lead just 14 seconds into the second game of the Saints' ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series with Princeton, but Karlie Lund scored two goals and Sarah Fillier added a goal and two assists to lead the Tigers to a 6-2 win and a series sweep on Saturday at Hobey Baker Rink.

With the loss, the Saints finish the season 14-15-7. Princeton, now 20-6-5, will face the winner of the Cornell/Rensselaer series, which is currently tied, 1-1.

McLaughlin got the Saints the start they needed after the Scarlet and Brown fell to Princeton 4-1 in the opener on Friday night. Jacquie Diffley started the play, firing a backdoor pass to the left side of the net where McLaughlin had a wide open cage for her eighth goal of the season.

St. Lawrence appeared to be headed to the locker room after the first period with the momentum on its side, but Lund took a wrist shot from the high slot that snuck through St. Lawrence goaltender Sonjia Shelly's legs with just one second remaining in the period to tie the score.

Carly Bullock gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead just over a minute into the second period, picking up a pass from Maggie Conners on the right faceoff dot and firing it just inside the far post.

The Tigers extended the lead to two goals just over five minutes later, as Conners swept in a rebound after a shot from the point by Kimiko Marinacci was tipped on goal by Fillier. Shelly made the initial save, but Conners was parked at the right post and put it into the wide open net.

Amanda Butterfield cut the lead to one with a power play goal, creeping in from the blue line and blasting a feed by Rachael Smith into the top right corner. McLaughlin also picked up an assist on the play.

But the Tigers once again stole momentum with a goal early in the third, as Lund flipped a puck into the air from center ice that took a bad bounce in front of Shelly and ended up in the back of the net.

"Obviously getting the first one is what every coach draws up and every team wants to have happen the second night," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "They lit the lamp with one second left, but I still thought we did a nice job. They scored two quick ones in the second and then we settled back into the game and played well and had a ton of chances and got it to 3-2 on a beautiful power play goal and I think really kept battling even when it was 4-2."

Fillier gave the Tigers a 5-2 lead with a breakaway goal with just over seven minutes to play, and Sharon Frankel put the game away with a power play goal on a tic-tac-toe play with Annie MacDonald and Stephanie Sucharda assisting with less than four minutes to play.

"On a weekend like this, you've got to get a lot of bounces to go your way," said Wells. "They certainly got some bounces and the puck bounced to kids' sticks that know what to do with it, and I think that was the difference."

Shelly finished the game with 32 saves, while Princeton's Steph Neatby stopped 24 shots.

With less than a minute to play, Wells called a timeout so that his five senior skaters - Nadine EdneyLydia GrauerKayla NielsenJustine Reyes, and Rachael Smith could finish the game on the ice together. It was also the final game in a St. Lawrence uniform for goaltenders Sonjia ShellyGrace Harrison and Allison Compeau, as well as equipment manager Currie Smith 

"This has been by far in my 11 years the lowest-maintenance team that I've ever coached and that has all to do with the seniors and the way they ran the team and how they carried themselves both at the rank and on campus," said Wells. "The toughest part is to say goodbye but we have three months to spend some time with them before they graduate."