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SLU hockey prevails in Boston, 5-2

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BOSTON — St. Lawrence University’s men’s hockey team continued its recent mastery of Hockey East foes on Friday night.

The Saints received a goal from five different players in downing Northeastern, 5-2, in a nonconference game at Matthews Arena.

St. Lawrence (6-3-2), which halted a four-game winless skid, extended its unbeaten streak against Hockey East opponents to eight games at 7-0-1, including two wins at Maine in October.

Greg Carey, Kyle Flanagan and Gunnar Hughes each contributed a goal and an assist for the Saints, who won for the first time in three weeks after faring 0-2-2 the past two weekends in ECAC Hockey play.

“After a good week of practice, we really responded well tonight,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “We played with a lot of energy and won the battles physically that we needed to as well as playing an uptempo game. I think we played as close to a 60-minute effort that we’ve had all season.”

St. Lawrence will now receive another test tonight when they play at No. 10 Boston University (6-4-0).

“We have had some success (against Hockey East),” Carvel said. “But tonight is really going to be a test playing one of the top teams in the country on the road.”

Trailing 1-0, St. Lawrence broke through in the final minute of the opening period as Carey tapped the puck past goalie Bryan Fountain, with Jeremy Wick assisting, at 19 minutes, 7 seconds.

“That was huge goal because we’ve had that happen to us recently,” Carvel said. “It was a really nice goal by Greg and that gave us a lot of positive energy into the intermission because we played well and deserved to be in the game at that point.”

The Saints then struck for two goals within a span of 4:10 to seize control against Northeastern (4-7-1).

After Hughes scored a power-play goal by converting on his own rebound at 8:56 of the second period, with Carey assisting, Flanagan took a pass from Patrick Doherty and followed with a goal at 13:05 for a 3-1 St. Lawrence advantage.

“We scored some nice goals,” Carvel said. “But we also scored some goals where we just kept the puck in the zone and worked for the goal. We got some balanced scoring and got contributions from all three lines.”

The Saints continued to pour it on in the third period as Chris Martin and Pat Raley each scored to build a 5-1 lead.

Matt Weninger stopped 21 of 23 shots to earn his sixth win of the season for St. Lawrence.

While the Saints converted once from four man-advantage opportunities, they also killed off all three Northeastern power plays.

Ludwig Karlsson’s scored 13:25 into the game for the Huskies and Dax Lauwers followed with a goal in the final period for the Huskies.

Fountain finished with 34 saves for Northeastern.

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