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College hockey: Doherty’s 2 goals, 2 assists carry SLU

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HANOVER, N.H. — The St. Lawrence University men’s hockey team finished off a weekend sweep in New England high-flying fashion on Saturday night.

Patrick Doherty scored two goals and registered two assists to spark the Saints to an 8-5 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday night in an ECAC Hockey game at Thompson Arena.

Greg Carey also had a four-point night with a goal and three assists for the Saints, who completed a weekend road sweep after defeating Harvard, 3-1, on Friday.

The offensive production was also the most goals scored in a game by St. Lawrence since an 8-1 victory over Cornell on Jan. 30 2008. The winless Big Green fell to 0-6, 0-4.

Gunnar Hughes tallied two goals and an assist and Matt Carey scored a pair of goals for St. Lawrence (6-2-2, 2-0-2).

The Saints are off to the program’s best start in the ECAC since they went 4-0 to kick off the 2006-07 season.

“When we first looked at our schedule with our first four (league) games all on the road we knew this was going to really be a challenge,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “So to be able to take a least a point in each of these games is great for us.”

Matt Weninger made 27 saves for the Saints.

St. Lawrence had to battle through some adversity in the opening period as it had two players receive major penalties and game misconducts. Freshman Woody Hudson was sent off on a hit from behind 6 minutes, 13 seconds into the game.

Dartmouth scored twice on the major power play to build a 2-1 lead, but, in between each score, Doherty tallied an unassisted, short-handed goal for the Saints.

“That was huge,” Carvel said of Doherty’s goal. “We were killing off a five-minute major and they had just scored. So that was a big goal for us.”

Saints’ rookie defenseman Eric Sweetman was sent to the showers later in the period on what was ruled a contact-to-the-head major penalty.

“But once we got out of penalty trouble, 5-on-5 we were really good in the offensive zone,” Carvel said.

After a 2-2 first-period tie,, the Saints struck for two goals within a span of 16 seconds early in the second to take control.

After freshman Matt Carey scored at 4:03, Doherty tallied his second goal of the night, with Pat Raley assisting, at 4:19 for a 4-2 St. Lawrence lead.

Dartmouth pulled within 4-3 on Brett Patterson’s goal at 11:46, but the Saints’ Gunnar Hughes followed with a power-play goal at 13:38 to establish another two-goal edge at 5-3.

The onslaught continued in the third period as Hughes scored 11:47 into the third period and Matt Carey tallied a power-play goal at 14:17 for a 7-3 St. Lawrence lead.

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