St. Lawrence falls in overtime to Robert Morris

St. Lawrence falls in overtime to Robert Morris

St. Lawrence University senior forward Justine Reyesscored two goals, but Kirsten Welch scored just under three minutes into overtime to lead the Robert Morris University women's hockey team to a 3-2 win over the Saints in a non-conference game in Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams moved to 1-1 on the season, as St. Lawrence won the first game of the series, 2-0, on Friday night.

"That was a hard fought weekend for our team," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "The games will be just like this all year, so it's good to have some close ones early to get right into it. We had a nice pace to our game early and late with some chances to win. Robert Morris did a nice job along the boards and certainly had a plenty of shifts from their defense, resulting in all three of their goals. They move the puck well in the offensive zone."

Welch's goal came on a shot from the point that deflected off a St. Lawrence defender and over goaltender Sonjia Shelly's right shoulder at the 2:51 mark of the overtime period.

Reyes, who gave the Saints 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the second period, almost ended the game two minutes earlier, ringing a shot from the right faceoff circle off the post.

Reyes' first goal of the game came on a quick wrist shot from the left faceoff circle that beat Robert Morris goaltender Lauren Bailey's blocker into the top left corner of the net just over two minutes second period.

Mackenzie Krasowski tied the game just 34 seconds later, deflecting a shot from the point while stationed at the left side of the net.

The Saints regained the lead four minutes later with their first power play goal of the season. Reyes slammed home a loose puck after Skylar Podvey's shot was deflected in front, but once again the Colonials came back to tie the game, as Emily Curlett's screen shot from the point snuck through at the 12:05 mark of the second.

Shelly made 18 saves for the Saints, while Bailey stopped 17 shots for Robert Morris.

The Saints will host the University of New Hampshire next weekend in their first regular season games at Appleton this season. Opening faceoff is set for 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.