Rebecca Russell had two goals as #6 St. Lawrence handed #8 New Hampshire their first loss of the season, 4-3, in Division I women's hockey action at Appleton Arena on Friday night. The Saints (4-0-1) carried a 2-1 lead into the third, but needed two more third period goals to hold off a late charge from the Wildcats (7-1-0).
St. Lawrence got on the board first as Russell deflected a pass by Trisha Powers, who was behind the net, through the five-hole of UNH goalie Jen Huggon at 7:49 of the first period. St. Lawrence outshot the Wildcats, 9-5 in the period.
Chera Marshall gave the Saints a 2-0 lead at 5:59 of the third, scoring a power-play goal. Marshall found a rebound from Amanda Sargeant's wrap-around attempt and flicked it high over the prone goaltender. New Hampshire cut the lead in half late in the period as Chandy Kaip got the first of her two goals, finishing off a flurry of three New Hampshire shots on the doorstep. Rachel Barrie turned away the first two shots- one with a pad, the other with her glove- before Kaip found the back of the net.
The Wildcats come out in a flurry in the third and tied the game on Stephanie Jones goal at 4:10 of the period.
However, the Saints responded just 1:45 later with Sargeant on the other end of a rebound. She gathered a shot from Marshall and buried it. Russell then got her second of the game, a quick passing play from Whitney Carbone and Trisha Powers set up the score with 9:44 left in the third. UNH pulled Huggon with 1:21 left and the move paid off as Kaip got her second of the game, beating Barrie high from a tough angle with 56 seconds left in regulation. The Saints and Barrie stood tall for the remainder, holding off a Wildcat flurry for the win.
Both goalies, Barrie and Huggon, finished with 25 saves in the game and each team went 1-for-3 on the power-play.
These two teams meet again on Saturday, November 9, at 4:00 p.m.