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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The St. Lawrence University’s men’s hockey team continued its penchant for success in overtime this season and thus made it a clean sweep on the road this weekend.

Senior defenseman George Hughes scored the game-winning goal in the extra session to lift the Saints past the Harvard Crimson, 4-3 on Saturday night in an ECAC Hockey clash at Bright Hockey Center.

Junior goalie Matt Weninger made 27 saves, including a pair in overtime, as St. Lawrence (11-10-3 overall, 4-5-3 league) extended its unbeaten streak in the conference to four games (3-0-1.)

“This is a huge road sweep for us this time of the year,” said St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel, whose team completed a sweep of Dartmouth and Harvard on the road for the first time in five seasons. “We played real well and we deserved to win both games.”

The Saints, who defeated 12th-ranked Dartmouth 4-2 on Friday, have won four of their past six games (4-1-1), improving to 2-0-3 in overtime decisions this season.

Sophomore center Patrick Doherty and junior winger Jeremy Wick each contributed a goal and an assist, senior center Kyle Flanagan totaled two assists, and Greg Carey contributed a goal for St. Lawrence, which moved up into a tie for sixth place in the ECAC with Colgate.

Hughes tallied the deciding goal three minutes, 37 seconds into overtime as he took pass from Doherty and beat goalie Raphael Girard with a blast from the slot.

“The overtime was pretty wide open and we had a nice scoring chance by Pat Doherty on an odd-man rush before George scored,” Carvel said. “Then when we came right down the ice on another odd-man rush we did a great job driving to the net ... and George buried his chance. Make no mistake about it, he was our player of the game, he was the difference-maker for us tonight.”

Freshman winger Jimmy Vesey scored a pair of goals for the slumping Crimson (5-13-1, 3-11-0), which lost its sixth consecutive game and was dealt its ninth straight loss in league play.

“I thought we really dominated at times,” Carvel said. “They were opportunistic and I think Jimmy Vesey is the best player I’ve seen in the league this year — he scored two terrific goals. But we played real hard and real well. We also had a big penalty kill on a 5-on-3 advantage late in the game and that was huge for us.”

Wick, who fired a team-high 10 shots on net, scored his third power-play goal in as many games for St. Lawrence.

Girard stopped 39 of 43 shots faced for last-place Harvard.

The Saints will host Cornell and Colgate at 7 p.m. next Friday and Saturday.

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