Saints Edge RPI Late

Saints Edge RPI Late

Senior Kayla Vespa scored the eventual game-winning goal and had an assist to lead the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), on Friday night at the Houston Field House. With the win, the Saints improve to 4-2-2 overall (1-0-0 ECAC Hockey), while the Engineers drop to 0-7-1 (0-1-0 ECAC Hockey).

Freshman Shailynn Snow (Bay Roberts, NL) broke a 1-1 at 16:12 of the third period, sticking home a loose puck in the low slot for her second goal of the season. On their third power play of the game, the Saints worked the puck around the zone to Vespa (Hamilton, ON) in the left circle for a one-timer that was blocked by the RPI penalty killers. The puck fell to Snow, who swatted into the net past Engineers freshman netminder Ena Nystrøm (Stavanger, Norway/Ontario Hockey Academy).

RPI then killed off another penalty, which left just over a minute on the clock of 5-on-5 time try and find an equalizer. The Engineers best chance came almost immediately after the penalty to junior Lauren Severson (Rockford, IL/Madison Capitals) expired, as she came racing out of the box and fired a shot, but it was turned away by St. Lawrence freshman goaltender Lucy Morgan (Mandan, ND).

Senior Blake Orosz (Chase Mills, NY/Nepean Wildcats) opened the scoring at 9:05 of the first period, taking a cross-ice feed from classmate Sabrina Repaci (Toronto, ON/Toronto Jr. Aeros) and rifling a shot into the top left corner of the net for her first goal of the season.

The Engineers took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission despite being outshot, 11-3.

In the scoreless second period, Orosz had an opportunity to double the lead, but her shot from the right circle zipped just over the crossbar near the midway point of the stanza. RPI limited the Saints to just eight shots in the period, while taking five its own.

St. Lawrence drew even at 6:34 of the third, when Vespa finished off a 3-on-2 break into the RPI zone. Snow drew a defender into the right circle, before dropping a pass back to Vespa, who beat Nystrøm high blocker side. The tally, which was Vespa's team-leading seventh of the year, also drew an assist from sophomore blueliner Claire Dudley (Westwood, MA).

Morgan (2-1-2) finished the night with 11 saves, while Nystrøm (0-4-1) had 38 stops, including 19 in the third period alone. SLU wound up 1 for 4 on the power play, while Rensselaer went 0 for 1.

The Engineers return to action tomorrow afternoon, when they host No. 5 Clarkson University (3pm). St. Lawrence hosts Cornell and Colgate next Friday (6pm) and Saturday (7pm).