Saints Storm Back With Two Empty Net Goals

Saints Storm Back With Two Empty Net Goals

Anna Segedi scored two goals and added two assists, and the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team scored two extra attacker goals in the final four minutes of the game to salvage a 5-5 tie with the University of New Hampshire on Friday afternoon in Durham, New Hampshire.

Trailing 5-3 late in the third period, head coach Chris Wells '92 pulled goaltender Lucy Morgan, and Shailynn Snow scored with 3:17 to play to get the Saints back within one. Skylar Podvey tied the score with 1:44 left in the third to tie the score.

Snow's goal broke up a run of four unanswered goals by UNH, as the Saints built a 3-1 lead early in the second period.

"Wild one down here in Durham today," said Wells. "We gave it away and then we were able to fight back and get something out of it. We felt confident heading into the third that we would get our chances, we just needed to capitalize. It took a bit longer than we expected, but we were able to score two extra attacker goals. Lots of fun to be in games like these early in the season to see how our team responds."

Segedi, who had her first career hat trick in a 4-1 win over the Wildcats yesterday, scored the first two goals of the game. The first came 14 minutes into the first period after an offensive zone faceoff win. Snow picked up the loose puck and passed it to Kayla Vespa, who was parked behind the red line. Vespa hit Segedi right in front, and Segedi snapped a shot through the five hole for her fourth goal of the weekend.

Four minutes later, Segedi scored a highlight-reel goal, gathering her own rebound and maneuvering around UNH goaltender Ava Boutilier's stick to slide the puck around the post.

UNH cut the Saints' lead to one just over a minute later, as Paige Rynne came around from behind the net and lifted it top shelf over St. Lawrence goaltender Jaimie Rainville's shoulder.

Rachel Teslak restored the two-goal lead with a power play goal, her second of the weekend. With the Saints skating 5-on-3, she passed the puck off to Segedi in the right circle, then skated into the high slot, where she one-timed a return pass into the top right corner to give St. Lawrence a 3-1 lead early in the second period.

But the second half of the period was all UNH, as the Wildcats scored four unanswered goals to build their own two-goal lead. Carlee Turner started the scoring deluge, leading a 2-on-1 rush up the right side and opting to shoot, blasting the puck inside the far post.

Twenty-six seconds later, Meghara McManus tied the score. Rainville stopped McManus' first shot with her glove but was unable to hold on, and the puck fell to her left, and McManus dove to the ice and swept the puck into the net.

Rynne gave UNH its first lead of the weekend, taking a pass from Lauren Martin right in front. Rainville again made the inivtial save, but Rynne was able to collect the rebound and push the puck past the left post.

Emily Rickwood gave the Wildcats a 5-3 lead with a power play goal late in the second period with a blast from the right faceoff dot through the five hole.

The Saints had several scoring chanqaces in the third period, including a bid from Segedi for her second straight hat trick, but it took an extra attacker to finally trim the lead to one goal. Snow skated past several defenders and wired a shot from the right faceoff circle with 3:17 to play, and Podvey's slap shot through a screen from the point tied the game.

Podvey also played the hero last year against UNH, scoring with 0.1 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Saints a 1-0 win.

Rainville made 12 saves and was relieved by Lucy Morgan after the Wildcats' fifth goal. Morgan stopped 15 shots, including seven in the overtime period, to preserve the tie. Boutilier made 30 saves for UNH.

The Saints, now 1-2-1 on the season, will play another Thursday-Friday series next week at the University of Vermont.