Bacon shakes off board-shock
After last night’s 3-1 shortcoming, Friars coach Bob Deraney reported that he still has his finger hovering over and practically brushing the “Suit her up” button for sophomore scoring asset Jean O’Neill, sidelined for all three regulation games plus the exhibition two weeks ago with a lower body injury.
Meanwhile, junior center Jackie Duncan has just joined the DL with a similar day-to-day status. Sheer, educated speculation has her returning at least a little less readily than O’Neill.
All that being said, all PC hearts beat irregularly for a moment when second-line winger Kate Bacon laid doubled over along the boards behind the St. Lawrence net with 5:08 gone in the second period after an incidental, inept collision with a backchecking Saint.
Trainer Amanda Bowman hustled to the scene, though Bacon made her way to the bench under her own power.
While Bacon pulled her senses back together, Deraney –who for the duration of O’Neill’s absence has dressed an uncommon chart of 11 forwards and 7 defenders- needed an additional volunteer to double-shift. But it would only last about 14 minutes.
On the final shift before intermission, Bacon was spotted on a pre-faceoff line change with first-liners Mari Pehkonen and Laura Veharanta, giving Alyse Ruff a little breather. The lines rolled as originally planned for the better part of the closing frame and Bacon pitched in her third shot of the game in the final minute.
Friar luck for a few Saints
With two goals last night, St. Lawrence senior Carson Duggan has logged at least one point in each of four encounters with PC, amounting to a final career transcript of 4-2-6. Meanwhile, senior Marianna Locke and junior Tara Akstull built on last year’s multi-point nights with a helper and assist respectively.
On the countering bench, Friars senior forward Katy Beach notched her second career point versus the Saints through an assist on Veharanta’s last-ditch tally.
Quick Feeds: Aside from O’Neill and Duncan, goaltenders Christina England and Jen Smith plus defender Breanna Schwarz were all scratched from last night’s game. It marked the first time this season that Deraney has only dressed two stoppers…While waiting out her recovery, O’Neill has spent portions of recent games manning the press box video camera used for friars.com online streaming. Duncan, meanwhile, kept herself occupied with her Kodak, snapping action pics of her teammates…St. Lawrence claimed a 40-25 edge in the way of faceoff wins last night…Cherie Hendrickson and Jenna Keilch, both graduates of the program last season, were spotted in the stands…Last night’s recorded attendance of 250 is the most substantial the Friars have seen through four openings so far…PC junior Colleen Martin, primarily a project defender, charged up two shots on goal last night, joining her amongst seven teammates in the game’s multi-shot club. For the second time in three games, Veharanta led that category with six stabs…Colgate, slated to lock twigs with the Friars at 4:00 today, dropped a 4-1 decision at Connecticut last night. The Huskies are now 3-1 on the year. The Raiders, meanwhile, are 1-1 with the help of a 4-3 triumph of newfangled Syracuse on October 1.
Al Daniel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org