Syracuse’s Home Woes Continue against St. Lawrence
By John Dales
CitrusTV Women’s Ice Hockey Beat Reporter
The beat goes on for Syracuse (5-13-1, 4-1-1 College Hockey America), as a 3-1 home loss to St. Lawrence (7-7-5, 2-3-2 Eastern College Athletic Conference) on Tuesday night drops the Orange record at the Tennity Ice Pavilion to 0-9 on the year. Syracuse didn’t lose this one for a lack of chances, though. They were in charge of the game in seemingly every category. The Orange finished with 37 shots on goal compared to the Saints’ 23. Additionally, Syracuse won the faceoff battle by four and had one more power play than St. Lawrence. Ultimately, Syracuse did not cash in on many of those opportunities, and a couple of late goals by the Saints let this one slip away.
After a long holiday break, the home squad didn’t quite seem ready to play right away. It took just three minutes before St. Lawrence’s Jessica Poirier netted her fourth goal on the year. The Orange were able to bounce back from the early deficit, and controlled the flow of the game for the remainder of the opening period. However, the 11-7 advantage on shots on goal in the 1st did not manifest itself on the scoreboard. After 20 minutes the score was 1-0 St. Lawrence.
The second period is where the Orange really took charge. The puck was seemingly in the Saints’ defensive zone for the entire period, highlighted by 15 Orange shots on goal. Close misses and missed opportunities were the name of the game for Syracuse, and it seemed like nothing could get by St. Lawrence goalkeeper Jaimie Rainville. That is until Abby Moloughney ended up with the puck after a faceoff win. The sophomore forward snuck a backhand by Rainville with just 1:21 to play in the second period to tie this one up.
The third period was the Saints’ turn to respond. They won 12 of the 16 faceoffs in the period, and had only one less shot on goal than Syracuse. An empty power play with just under seven minutes to go proved to be the last time the Orange could afford to blow an opportunity.
With 4:26 left in the third, St. Lawrence’s Sophie Holden scored from about 40 feet out to give the Saints a 2-1 lead. With not much time to play, Syracuse ended up needing to pull their goalie for an extra offensive attacker, which led to an empty net goal for Anna Segedi with 1:11 left.
The Orange have two chances to get their first win at Tennity coming up when they take on Mercyhurst in a weekend doubleheader.
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