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SLU women gain hockey tie at UConn; SUNY Canton falls to UofBuffalo

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CANTON - The St. Lawrence University women’s hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with the University of Connecticut while SUNY Canton dropped 4-1 decision to the University of Buffalo in non-conference Sunday afternoon matinees.

SLU TIES UCONN

Junior Bailey Habscheid’s first goal of the season was a big one, as her tally at 11:04 of the third period helped SLU earned the draw with the host Huskies in Storrs, CT.

The tie is the first of the season for the Saints, now 7-6-1 overall, while the Huskies move to 2-10-2 on the year thanks to a 41-save performance by goaltender Elaine Chuli.

“Chuli played great and UConn made us work for everything,” said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. “They played a strong team-game and had four great chances in overtime. Carmen (MacDonald) made a couple key saves when we needed them to keep the game tied.”

St. Lawrence had the better of the play throughout regulation and finished with a 43-28 advantage in shots on goal. However, the Saints lost the special teams battle with a disappointing 0-for-8 mark on the power play while the Huskies finished 1-for-4 and UConn had the better overtime bids.

Chuli and MacDonald each posted perfect first periods, with the opening goal coming at the 2:05 mark of the second when Casey Knajdek put the Huskies on top 1-0. Emily Snodgrass assisted on the first goal.

Though St. Lawrence would own a 19-11 advantage in shots in the second period, Chuli kept the Saints off the scoreboard and kept her team on top 1-0 through two periods.

Senior captain Kelly Sabatine would need only :07 seconds to change that in the third, however. The Hamilton, ON native took the opening faceoff, darted through the Huskie defense and scored on Chuli to tie the game at 1-1 with her eighth goal of the season.

Snodgrass would give UConn its lead back at 2-1 at 7:09 of the third, scoring a power play goal off a feed from Brittany Berisoff. However, Habschied would respond only 3:55 later, beating Chuli for the game-tying goal on a rebound off a shot from Ellie Williams. Williams and Kayla Raniwsky each were credited with assists.

MacDonald, who made 21 saves in regulation, delivered a clutch performance in the extra session. UConn had a power play in the final minutes of the game and had a 5-1 advantage in shots, but the Saints’ netminder helped her team solidify the 2-2 tie.

St. Lawrence will have next weekend off following Thanksgiving and will close the first semester with a four game home stand against Colgate (11/30), Cornell (12/1) and Penn State (12/7 and 12/8).

SUNY CANTON FALLS

In Amherst, freshman forward Karley Cree (Hogansburg, N.Y.) scored her second goal in the two-game series after netting one in Saturday night’s 7-4 win over the Bulls. Freshman goalie Victoria Taylor (Hokah, Minn.) was saddled with the loss as she played all 60 minutes in her fourth appearance between the pipes this season.

The Roos are off for the next two weeks before returning to their home ice hosting the University of Vermont on Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m.

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