St. Lawrence Comes Back to Tie Vermont on the Road

St. Lawrence Comes Back to Tie Vermont on the Road

Kayla Vespa scored a goal and assisted on another, and Sophie Holden scored her first collegiate goal to lead the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 tie in a non-league game against the University of Vermont on Thursday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington.

It was the second straight game that the Saints have come back from a two-goal deficit to earn a tie. Last Friday, the Saints skated to a 5-5 tie with New Hampshire after trailing 5-3 late in the third period.

The Saints moved to 1-2-2 on the season, while Vermont is now 1-0-2.

"I was very happy with the way our team battled tonight," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "Vermont really had solid control of the game on the scoreboard and with the pace. The team found a way to get their stride and play with more speed and execution in the third and overtime. Both teams played hard and clean. It was a fun game to be a part of and I expect the same tomorrow."

Lily Humphrey got Vermont on the scoreboard with a power play goal halfway through the first period, sending a shot from the slot through a screen that went five-hole to give the Catamounts a 1-0 lead.

Kristina Shanahan increased the lead to 2-0 early in the second period, finishing a pass from Ali O'Leary at the right post. Maude Poulin-Labelle also picked up an assist on the play, which started with an intercepted pass in the Catamounts' defensive zone.

Vespa cut the lead to 2-1 with her second goal of the season. Shailynn Snow got a shot from point blank on goal, but Vermont goaltender Blanka Skodova made the save. Snow was attempting to get her stick free of a defender to take another shot when Vespa streaked to the left post and lifted the puck over Skodova's shoulder to trim the Catamounts' lead to one.

Holden tied the game at the 8:35 mark of the third period when she wired a wrist shot from the high slot to the top left corner of the net. Steph Keryluk and Vespa picked up assists on the play.

Lucy Morgan made 22 saves for the Saints, while Skodova stopped 20 shots for the Catamounts. Both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play.

The teams will meet again on Friday at 6 p.m. back at Gutterson Fieldhouse.