CANTON, NY – Shannon Smith netted one goal and assisted on another to propel the fourth-ranked St. Lawrence University women’s hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 ECAC victory against No. 8 University of New Hampshire at Appleton Arena.
St. Lawrence (18-6-3, 14-4-2) took a 1-0 lead on an Amanda Sargeant power-play goal with seven seconds remaining in the first period. Shannon Smith, who set up Sargeant’s tally, extended the advantage to 2-0 at 9:12 of the middle stanza.
New Hampshire (15-14-0, 11-9-0) trimmed the deficit to 2-1 on an Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) unassisted tally at 15:28. Edgar intercepted an attempted clearing pass inside the blue line and fired a wrist shot into the upper-right corner.
The Saints re-established a two-goal lead, 3-1, at 11:21 of the final frame when Chera Marshall redirected Gina Kingsbury’s centering pass into the net.
With St. Lawrence whistled for too many skaters at 18:02 of the third period, UNH called time out. The Wildcats, previously, 0-for-2 on the power play, also pulled goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) with 1:20 remaining. Another SLU penalty gave the ‘Cats a 6-on-3 advantage for 39 seconds, but the home team preserved the two-goal cushion.
Huggon, who set the UNH record for saves in a singe season during Saturday’s game at Cornell, stopped 30 shots to increase her record total to 729.
SLU’s Rachel Barrie registered 24 saves.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 24 (2 p.m.) at Yale University. The next home game for the Wildcats is March 3 against Brown. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m. Senior Day is March 4 (3 p.m.) vs. Harvard.