CAMBRIDGE, MA - St. Lawrence Universitys mens hockey team put together one of its most complete games of the season at Harvards Bright Hockey Center Friday night, beating the Crimson 3-1 in a game which was even more one-sided than the score might indicate.
SLU outshot Harvard 30-19, but Crimson goalie Raphael Girard, who had not given up a goal in his two prior starts, turned in some big saves and got a lot of help from the crossbar, posts and his defense to keep Harvard in the game. It was the third straight win by the Saints in the series between the two teams and fourth in the last five meetings.
SLU will take a 5-2-2 overall mark and a 1-0-2 ECAC mark into the final game of a four-game ECAC road trip at Dartmouth on Saturday while Harvard, 2-2-1, 1-2-1, will host Clarkson.
The Saints got just the start they were looking for when junior wing Chris Martin ended Girards two-game scoreless streak just 1:20 into the game, scoring from Riley Austin and Greg Carey as he tipped home Austins initial shot from the point.
With Weninger handling everything Harvard sent his way, the Saints made it a 2-0 game at 13:07 of the first when Martin fed Carey as the senior stepped over the Harvard blue line and Careys wrister from just inside the top of the circle beat Girard cleanly for Careys fifth goal of the year.
The Saints completely dominated the second period, outshooting Harvard 14-4, but Girard had a little luck and the Crimson found themselves right back in it when they scored their first power play goal of the season to cut the Saint lead to 2-1 before SLU regained its two-goal lead with a late score by sophomore Alex Hagen.
St. Lawrence hit two posts and had the puck behind Girard three times in the period, but couldnt get it to cross the goal line as either Girard was able to recover and cover it or his defense swept it out of harms way. The Crimson, scoreless in their first 15 power plays of the season through the first three games, were stopped on their first power play of Fridays game, but cashed in on their second when sophomore Jimmy Vesey tipped in a shot by Luke Esposito at 13:41 to cut the Saint lead to 2-1.
The Saints, who did everything but score on their first power play chance of the period with just over three minutes to play, cashed in at 19:10 when defenseman Eric Sweetman put a hard shot on net that Girard kicked out, but Hagen was right there to knock the rebound back into the net for his second of the season. Saint captain Kyle Essery also assisted on the Saint goal.
Neither team scored in the third period, although the Saint power play, which was scoreless in three tries, created some great chances. Saint goalie Matt Weninger, who had some big saves among 18 in the game, made six of the 18 in the third period while Girard finished with 27 saves for the Crimson.
SUNY Canton 2, SUNY Fredonia 0: Morgan Barr made 34 saves to lead SUNY Canton to a shutout of the Blue Devils (1-2) in a nonconference game in Fredonia.
Cory Giczewski and Dave Ferris scored power-play goals for the Kangaroos (1-2-1) in the first period.
Harvard 3, SLU 2: A three-goal first period helped the Crimson (4-1) knock off St. Lawrence University in an ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena.
Samantha Reber started things for Harvard with a goal at 4:26 of the first period. Sarah Edney scored at 10:26, with Norfolk native Jessica Harvey picking up one of the assists, and Sydney Daniels scored at 17:46.
Rylee Smith scored in the second period for the Saints (4-7, 3-2) and Kirsten Padalis scored in the third.
SUNY Canton 1, SUNY Cortland 1 (OT): Gina Tomei scored 19 seconds into the third period to help SUNY Cortland (1-1-1) salvage a tie with the Kangaroos in a nonconference game in Canton.
Lora Ardoin scored a shorthanded goal just 1:38 into the game for SUNY Canton (0-2-1).
SUNY Canton Women Ninth: Keara Byrne and Megan Mydosh each finished in the top 20 to lead the SUNY Canton women to a ninth-place finish at the USCAA championship meet in Syracuse.
Byrne finished in 17th place overall and Mydosh was 19th. SUNY Canton finished with 232 points. Daemen claimed the womens title with 51 points.
SUNY Cantons men finished in 15th place with 353 points. SUNY ESF won the mens title with 42 points.
Clarkson, SLU Split: Clarksons men were victorious but St. Lawrence University won the womens meet as the schools met in Canton.
Al Catano and Sam Zagrobelny each won two events to lead Clarkson past SLU in the mens meet 125.5-95.5. SLUs women won 128-48.
Catano finished first in the 200-meter freestyle and 100 backstroke for Clarkson and Zagrobelny won the 50 and 100 freestyles. James Wilczewski won the 1-meter and 3-meter dives for SLU.
Nikki Jewett led the SLU women with wins in both diving events.