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College women’s hockey: Here’s a tweet, SLU’s victory sweet

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CANTON — In a game dedicated by the St. Lawrence University women’s hockey team to promote social media awareness, the Saints also made a statement on the ice against archrival Clarkson.

Defenseman Amanda Boulier scored two goals, including the game-winner, as St. Lawrence earned a 3-2 ECAC Hockey victory on Saturday afternoon at Appleton Arena.

The Saints (15-11-2, 10-5-1), who scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, won for the first time in their past five meetings against the sixth-ranked Golden Knights (21-7-0, 13-3-0).

After two periods, Saints coach Chris Wells tweeted that his team had the “best second period we’ve played all season.”

“This was a great win, especially with this being our Twitter night,” said Saints goalie Carmen MacDonald, who had 23 saves. “It’s really nice to get a win here, especially against our rival.”

St. Lawrence also avenged a 3-2 loss at Clarkson on Friday, snapping a two-game slide.

“(Friday) was a lot tougher game for us,” Boulier said. “I think today our main focus was on bringing a lot of positive energy and focusing on our work ethic.

“We used social media day to our advantage, and I think it brought a lot of that positive energy for us — which is just what needed to get a big win like this.”

The sophomore capped the three-goal rally 11 minutes, 5 seconds into the period as she took a sharp pass from Brooke Hernandez and swept the puck past Clarkson goalie Erica Howe.

Trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Saints began their rally by converting on a 5-on-3 power play just 57 seconds into the second. Bouiler connected from Kelly Sabatine.

“Even when were down 2-0 in the first period I thought we had good energy,” said Wells, who tweeted in between periods as part of the team’s “Saints Go Social” day. “We haven’t been scoring many goals against these guys, but we really got pucks to the net, had more energy and did a good job.”

After St. Lawrence’s Kailee Heidersbach tied it at 9:03, Boulier scored the go-ahead tally, beating Howe at 11:05.

“When we got that one, we were able to get the ball rolling,” Wells said.

St. Lawrence was awarded 11 power plays and converted on just one.Clarkson was called for 13 penalties overall, including six in the pivotal second period.

“It was a tough game, there wasn’t a lot of flow to the game with all those penalties,” Clarkson co-coach Matt Desrosiers said. “I’m happy with the way our girls played; they had to kill off a lot of penalties.”

Clarkson built its two-goal edge in the first on goalsby Brittany Styner and Shannon MacAulay.

In honor of the occasion, held to promote safe and fun usage of social media platforms, St. Lawrence wore special jerseys with the school’s traditional brown and red colors —- with @SLUsaints emblazoned on the front with each player’s twitter handle on their backs.

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