Edney's OT Game Winner Clinches Home Ice

Photo by Tara Freeman
Photo by Tara Freeman

Nadine Edney scored one minute and 23 seconds into overtime to lead the eighth-ranked St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to a 3-2 win over Princeton in an ECAC Hockey contest at Hobey Baker Rink in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.

The win, combined with Quinnipiac's loss to Clarkson, clinched a home playoff series for the Saints in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals.

Edney's goal came on a rush just 13 seconds after a St. Lawrence power play had ended.  Amanda McClurefed Rachael Smith up the left side, and Smith fired a pass into the slot to Edney, who sniped a wrist shot into the top right corner for her second goal of the weekend and the Saints' second overtime win of the season.

St. Lawrence had led late in the third period, but Princeton's Claire Thompson tied the game with a 5-on-3 power play goal with just 2:27 remaining, sending a wrist shot from the slot into the top left corner to send the game into overtime.

"It was another classic SLU/Princeton game," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "Both teams played hard and both goalies made great saves to get the game to overtime. A big goal right after our power play was the difference."

The Saints took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal with just 8.6 seconds left in the first period. Justine Reyes one-timed a feed from Hannah Miller, and while Princeton goaltender Alysia DaSilva made the initial save, Kennedy Marchment was parked right in front and sent the rebound into the open net.

Princeton tied the game six and a half minutes into the second period when Keiko DeClerck's backhand through a screen from the slot snuck between Sonjia Shelly's leg pads.

McClure gave the Saints the lead again, finding an open net after Marchment slid a backhand pass through the crease and around a diving Princeton player with just 8:05 left in the third period. Miller also assisted on the play.

Shelly made 22 saves for the Saints, while DaSilva made 30 stops for the Tigers.

The Saints improved to 17-9-4 overall, 13-5-2 in ECAC Hockey play. With a five-point lead over fifth-place Quinnipiac with two games the play, St. Lawrence has clinched at least the No. 4 seed in the ECAC Hockey playoffs. They remain tied with Cornell for third place in the standings, but the Big Red holds the tiebreaker after winning both regular season meetings. Princeton fell to 11-12-4, 9-10-1 and sits in seventh place.

St. Lawrence wraps up the regular season at Appleton Arena next weekend. Harvard comes to town at 6 p.m. on Friday, and longtime St. Lawrence men's hockey coach Joe Marsh will return to Appleton Arena for his final game as Dartmouth's interim head coach at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The team will honor the four members of the senior class at the game.