Wand’s Hat Trick Paces Saints Past Union, 6-1
Oct. 27: St. Lawrence University sophomore Jackie Wand scored her first career hat trick on Saturday, pacing the Saints' women's hockey team to a 6-1 victory over Union College at Appleton Arena. Wand's effort, along with a 28-save performance by Carmen MacDonald and a three-assist night by Amanda Boulier, helped the home team earn a sweep in ECAC Hockey's opening weekend.
Despite being outshot 25-14 through two periods, St. Lawrence (2-5-0, 2-0-0) owned a 4-1 lead. The Scarlet and Brown then put the game away with a dominant third period, outshooting the Dutchwomen (2-4-0, 0-2-0) by a sizable 19-4 count.
"Union played a solid game, and if it weren't for some timely saves and blocked shots, the early part of the game could have been much different," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "We hit our stride in the third and leave the weekend with four points."
St. Lawrence scored twice in the first period, taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission despite being outshot by Union 15-5. Captain Kelly Sabatine scored her fourth of the season at 6:41 on the power play, with assists going to Rylee Smith and Boulier for the 1-0 lead. Wand would followed at 16:36, as she picked a defenseman's pocket, moved in one-on-one with Union goalie Alana Marcinko and tucked it between her pads for her first goal of the season.
Wand would tack on her second goal at 12:29 of the second period, with classmate Ellie Williams earning an assist on the goal that made it 3-0. First-year student Kailee Heidersbach would score her first career goal for the Saints only 1:26 later, taking a pass from fellow rookie Jenna Marks and slipping a wrist shot under Marcinko's cross bar for a 4-0 cushion.
Union would score its lone goal only 24 seconds after Heidersbach's tally, as Courtney Turner pounced on a rebound in front and tucked it past MacDonald at 14:19 to cap the second period scoring, giving the Dutchwomen hope trailing 4-1 heading to the third.
However, St. Lawrence simply overpowered Union in the final stanza, earning nearly all of the quality scoring chances to assure itself of the victory. Rookie Abbey McRae jammed home a rebound at the 4:32 mark of the third for her second goal of the weekend, as Boulier and Brooke Fernandez were credited with assists for a 5-1 lead. Wand would then complete the hat trick in style, scoring a short-handed goal on a rush up the ice for her third of the game, assisted by Boulier, to bring the game to its final score of 6-1.
Wand's third goal would chase Marcinko, who finished with 23 saves for Union. Her replacement, Shenae Lundberg, made four saves in 4:03 in the third period. St. Lawrence won the special teams battle on Saturday, as the Saints were 1-for-4 on the power play and killed off all five Union power play tries.
St. Lawrence will head to Durham, NH next weekend for a pair of non-conference games against the University of New Hampshire. The puck will drop on the Saints and Wildcats on Friday, November 2 at 7:00pm.