Reyes leads St. Lawrence to an exhibition win over Ottawa

Reyes leads St. Lawrence to an exhibition win over Ottawa

Justine Reyes scored two goals and added an assist to lead the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to a 4-0 win over the University of Ottawa in an exhibition game on Tuesday night at Appleton Arena.

After a scoreless first period, the Saints scored four goals in a span of 12 minutes, 27 seconds in the second period to pull away from the Gee Gees.

"It's great to be playing hockey again," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "It was fun to see us play against someone other than ourselves. Plenty to be happy with and plenty to work on early in the season. This is a group that will get better and better as the year moves forward."

Reyes gave the Saints a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second period, picking up a puck that Rachael Smith kicked loose from a battle in the left circle and skating around to the right post before lifting it top shelf past Ottawa goaltender Maude Levesque-Ryan.

Smith increased the lead to two goals three minutes later, finding the puck sitting just inches from the goal line after Reyes hit the post with her shot off Kayla Nielsen's rebound. 

Reyes scored her second of the game with just over five minutes to play in the period, taking a pass from Dakota Golde at center ice and skating around a defender to create a breakaway, then tucking the puck underneath Levesque-Ryan. Stephanie Voge also picked up an assist on the play.

Maggie McLaughlin capped the scoring, slapping home a rebound as she fell to the ice, with Steph Keryluk and Lydia Grauer picking up assists on the play.

All three goaltenders who dressed saw action, with Jaimie Rainville making four saves in the first period, Grace Harrison making three stops in the second, and Sonjia Shelly stopping nine shots in the third.

Levesque-Ryan made 30 saves for the Gee Gees, who were outshot 34-16.

The Saints open the regular season with a pair of non-league games against Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. Opening faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. on Friday and 3:05 p.m. on Saturday.