Anna Segedi scored a shorthanded goal five minutes into the third period to lead the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to a 1-1 tie with Union in an ECAC Hockey contest at Roos House Ice Rink at SUNY Canton on Friday night.
Skylar Podvey, playing as a forward for the first time in her career, earned an assist on Segedi's game-tying goal, picking up a loose puck at the point and firing it towards the net. Segedi redirected the puck in the slot and it went into the back of the net. After a short video review, the officials determined that Segedi did not play the puck with a high stick and allowed the goal.
The tie marks the fourth time this season the Saints have earned a tie when trailing after two periods.
"That is going to be a big point come February," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "The team really fought hard in the third to get that result. Killing off three penalties (in the third and overtime periods) really gave us a boost along with getting the shorthanded goal. Two crossbars late in the third could have been another point in our favor, but Union played solid, moved the puck well and deserved the point as well. That's a team that has had some much closer games than the scores would indicate, and they are a better team than their record as well. It's a nice group of kids that always work hard. "
In addition to scoring the shorthanded goal, the St. Lawrence penalty kill was perfect on the night, despite being shorthanded a season-high seven times. Coming into the game, the Saints ranked last nationally in penalty minutes, averaging just 5.5 per game.
Maia Martinez gave Union a 1-0 lead early in the second period, taking a pass from Leah Heffort at the right side boards, skating into the slot and firing a wrist shot into the top right corner.
The Saints had a number of chances to take the lead, with Podvey wiring a shot from the left faceoff dot off the short side post with three and a half minutes remaining in regulation. Julia Gosling, who had 10 shots on goal, had a number of rushes late in the game and in the overtime period, but was stopped on multiple occasions by Union goaltender Bella McKee, who made 32 saves.
Lucy Morgan stopped 25 shots for the Saints, who moved to 5-7-5 overall, 1-3-2 in ECAC Hockey play. Union is now 2-11-3, 2-3-1.
The Saints will wrap up fall semester play against Rensselaer on Saturday. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Roos House Ice Rink.