The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team scored three goals in a span of eight minutes and 35 seconds in the second period, and Lucy Morgan made 21 saves to record her second shutout of the season as the Saints defeated Rensselaer 3-0 at Roos House Ice Rink at SUNY Canton on Saturday afternoon.
Maggie McLaughlin got the scoring started for the Saints just over four minutes into the second period, firing a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot top shelf on the short side for her third tally of the season. Lily Wildman and Jacquie Diffley picked up assists on the play.
Steph Keryluk increased the lead to two goals six minutes later on a give-and-go with Diffley. Diffley's return pass was deflected up into the air, but Keryluk was able to slap at the puck as it came back down to the ice, and it snuck through Rensselaer goaltender Ena Nystrøm's leg pads for Keryluk's first goal of the year. Brittney Gout also assisted on the play.
Jessica Poirier capped the scoring with her third goal of the year, picking up a loose puck in her own defensive zone and skating all the way down the left side. She attempted to pass the puck to Gout, but an RPI defender deflected it behind the net. Poirier collected the puck behind the Engineer cage and shot it off a defender in front, and it bounced past Nystrom and over the goal line.
Morgan made a number of impressive saves, including a pad save on a backhand bid on a breakaway by Sarah Bukvic with less than two minutes to play in the second period.
"It was nice to see a few go in tonight," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "The three kids who scored couldn't be more deserving of their efforts. It was great to see. Lucy was solid all weekend and she needed to be as RPI had some quality chances. It's always a good feeling finishing the semester on a win! Even better when the second semester ends in a win! Happy holidays to all and thanks for all the support we have had at Roos House. We couldn't have done it without the staff at SUNY Canton. Matt Garman, Todd Axtell, Zach Kenny, Matt Gollinger, Pat Harrington and Bryan O'Connor. It will be a semester to remember!"
Nystrom made 33 saves for the Engineers, as the Saints held a 36-21 advantage in shots on goal.
St. Lawrence improved to 6-7-5 overall, 2-3-2 in ECAC Hockey, while RPI fell to 0-18-1, 0-8-0.
The Saints have a month off for exams and the holidays and will resume the season with a non-league game at Syracuse on January 7.