Back-to-back shutouts net St. Lawrence’s Grace Harrison Player of Week honors

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St. Lawrence has the second-leading scorer in women’s hockey in junior forward Kennedy Marchment (9 goals, 18 assists), but the Saints are marching into this week’s ECAC showdown against Clarkson behind perhaps the stingiest goalie in NCAA Division I hockey.

Sophomore netminder Grace Harrison recorded back-to-back shutouts against Penn State last week to run the Saints’ goalies shutout streak to five games and earn ASN Player of the Week honors.

St. Lawrence, 15-0-1 and ranked third in the USCHO poll and No. 1 in Pairwise, have a home-and-home series against 13-3-2 Clarkson on Thursday and Saturday. Both teams are unbeaten in ECAC play with 8-0 records.

Harrison, who has been in net for seven of her team’s nine shutouts (a school record), honed her skills in Auckland, New Zealand, where she competed for the 18-under team and then the Ontario Hockey Academy in Cornwall, Ont.  As a freshman, she posted 2.14 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

Yale, one of Harrison’s shutout victim during her streak, entered the Nov. 18 contest as the highest-scoring team in the nation. The last time an opponent scored on any Clarkson goalie was RPI on Nov. 11. Harrison leads the nation in shutouts, save percentage (.956), winning percentage (13-0-1, .964) and is second in goals-against (0.92).

In her last eight starts Harrison has six shutouts and allowed just two goals while facing 157 shots, a .25 goals-against average and a .987 save percentage. Her current shutout streak spans 204 minutes, 59 seconds and is the third longest in school history. She is 21 minutes and 16 seconds shy of her own school record (226:15), which she set earlier this season.


Above: Courtesy Tara Freeman/St. Lawrence University

 

Dave Dondoneau

Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu. Follow him on Twitter @DakotaHI.