St. Lawrence Drops Game Two at Vermont

St. Lawrence Drops Game Two at Vermont

St. Lawrence University forwards Anna Segedi and Kayla Vespa continued their torrid scoring pace, but the University of Vermont's Maude Poulin-Labelle scored two goals to lead the Catamounts to a 5-2 victory over the Saints in a non-league women's hockey game at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vermont, on Friday night.

Segedi and Vespa both scored a goal and added an assist for the Saints, who fell to 1-3-2 on the season. Segedi leads the team with six goals and 11 points in just six games. Vespa has three goals and six assists for nine points.

Vermont improved to 2-0-2 with the program's first win over St. Lawrence since the Saints moved up to NCAA Division I in 1997. St. Lawrence now holds a 14-1-1 record in the all-time series.

"Vermont outplayed us from the drop of the puck and we had a hard time finding an answer like we have the last few games," said Saints' head coach Chris Wells '92. "We worked harder as the game went on and had a few more chances, but we need to generate more momentum in games to be successful. UVM did a great job on their breakouts and really moved the puck well all night long."

Lily Humphrey gave UVM a 1-0 lead just over four minutes into the game. Lilly Holmes sent a centering pass from the right sideboards into the slot. Alyssa Holmes redirected the puck with her skate right to Humphrey, who fired the puck between St. Lawrence goaltender Caitlin Whitehead's legs.

Poulin-Labelle increased the lead to two goals with a  power play goal halfway through the first, taking a shot from the left faceoff circle that deflected off a Saints' defender into the top left corner.

Segedi cut the lead to one with a power play goal with four minutes remaining in the first, finishing a one-timed pass that Vespa sent through the Catamounts' crease. Amanda Butterfield started the play with a pass to Vespa from the point to the left side of the crease.

Hailey Burns restored the two-goal lead for the Catamounts just 33 seconds later, skating hard down the right side and circling around the goal before flipping the puck into the net.

Poulin-Labelle gave UVM a 4-1 lead eight minutes into the second period, collecting a pass from Abby Cleary at the point and skating into the slot, where she flipped a backhand through a screen into the net.

Vespa scored her second goal of the series to cut the lead back to two, putting away a rebound after a shot by Lily Wildman was saved by Vermont goaltender Blanka Skodova with less than five minutes to play in the second period. Segedi also picked up an assist on the play.

The Saints outshot the Catamounts 11-7 in the third period and had several chances to cut the lead to one. St. Lawrence spent most of the last five minutes of the game in the Catamounts' end of the ice skating with an extra attacker, but UVM's Kristina Shanahan put the game away with an empty-net goal with just 13.4 seconds to play.

Whitehead made 14 saves for the Saints, while Skodova stopped 19 shots for the Catamounts. The Saints were 1-for-5 on the power play, while UVM was 1-for-4.

St. Lawrence will host Holy Cross in a Saturday-Sunday non-league series next weekend at the Roos House at SUNY Canton. Both games are scheduled for a 1 p.m. opening faceoff.