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College hockey: Poor start dooms Saints in 6-4 loss

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ROCHESTER — The St. Lawrence University men’s hockey team has played some of its best hockey this season on the road.

This didn’t happen on Saturday night, however, as the Saints were routed by Rochester Institute of Technology, 6-4, in a nonconference game at Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena.

The Tigers (2-7-2) scored the game’s first four goals, including the two fastest goals in RIT history.

Greg Carey and Jeremy Wick each scored a power-play goal for St. Lawrence (7-5-2), which had its five-game road unbeaten streak halted at 3-0-2.

“The reason why we lost tonight is we turned pucks over in bad areas of the ice and they were very opportunistic,” said St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel, whose team suffered only its second road loss. “At one point they scored five goals and they only had 10 shots on net.”

Dan Schuler scored twice to lead the Tigers, who rebounded to split the two-game set after losing 5-3 to the Saints on Friday.

Leading 1-0 after one period on a goal from Brad McGowan 6 minutes, 15 seconds into the game, the Tigers (2-7-2) scored twice within the first 4:07 of the second period. Danny Smith and Mike Colavecchia each scored a team-record nine seconds apart for a 3-0 lead.

“It was a situation where I think they didn’t have to work hard for their goals,” said Carvel, “and we weren’t very careful with the puck. We gave them a couple breakaways and a couple high-end scoring chances and they finished everyone of them.”

Brandon Thompson followed with an unassisted goal at 9:19 to chase St. Lawrence senior goalie Matt Weninger, who surrendered four goals on nine shots.

“We’re not getting the saves that we need when we make mistakes,” Carvel said.

After Carey scored a power-play goal to pull the Saints within 4-1, Schuler scored on a breakaway on the first shot faced by St. Lawrence goalie Kyle MacDonald for a 5-1 RIT advantage.

Justin Baker scored in the final minute of the second period. Wick and Ross McMullen each scored in the third within 17 seconds, with McMullen scoring his first collegiate goal to pull the Saints within 5-4.

“I give my team a ton of credit, they were down 5-1 and we clawed back to 5-4,” Carvel said. “Our guys played hard and never gave up. But right now us the issue is puck management ... our back end tonight didn’t respect the puck enough.”

Schuler added an empty-net goal in the last minute. Mike Rotolo finished with 26 saves for RIT.

MacDonald stopped eight of nine shots, taking the loss in his first appearance of the season.

St. Lawrence will travel to play at North Dakota on Friday and Saturday, at 7:37 p.m. and 7:07 p.m., respectively.

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