CANTON It didnt take long for the Yale University hockey team to get back to its winning ways Saturday night.
And unfortunately for reeling and slumping St. Lawrence University, the outcome was just more of the same.
The No. 8-ranked Bulldogs scored the games first four goals on the way to recording a 4-2 victory over the Saints in ECAC Hockey play before 1,837 at Appleton Arena, sending St. Lawrence to its seventh consecutive loss.
Freshman John Hayden scored a pair of goals and first-year goalie Alex Lyon made 28 saves as reigning national champion Yale (9-4-4, 4-3-3) bounced back after a 3-2 loss at Clarkson on Friday.
I dont think anyone was too proud of our effort (Friday) night, Yale coach Keith Allain said. I think our guys certainly came out in the first period with something to prove and jumped on them right away, so it was wonderful to see.
Just like in a 5-3 loss to Brown the night before, the Saints (8-12-2, 2-6-2) allowed three unanswered goals in the opening period against Yale, including two power-play tallies to open the game, and again found themselves trailing 4-0 in the second period.
It was a repeat of last night, St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. Our penalty killing wasnt very good again and we gave up two power-play goals in the first period. ... Weve got to solve the penalty kill its killing us.
St. Lawrence, which hasnt won a game since Nov. 29, suffered its 10th loss in its past 12 games. The Saints have also lost six straight ECAC games after starting league play at 2-0-2.
Obviously its frustrating on the slide were on right now, senior winger and assistant captain Jeremy Wick said. But were looking at the good things were doing right now and were trying to learn from our mistakes.
Wick and Matt Carey each scored a power-play goal for St. Lawrence.
Yet it was the other half of special teams play penalty killing that let the Saints down.
Our power play continues to score goals, but our penalty kill continues to let up goals and is a problem for us, Carvel said.
To compound matters, the Saints were unable to score a goal in the first period for the fourth straight game.
Its a waste of energy to get frustrated, Carvel said. I told them theyve got two options you can get frustrated and be negative or you can dig deeper and stick together and work together to get out of this.
Yale struck first with 12 seconds left on its first man advantage as Matt Killian flipped a backhander off a rebound past Saints senior goalie Matt Weninger seven minutes, 11 seconds into the game.
Then in the closing seconds of the Bulldogs second power play, Jesse Root closed in and fired a drive past Weninger at 12:52. Just 1:27 later, Hayden sent a rebound past Weninger for a 3-0 Yale lead.
It was a fast start, it was good to get up by three early on, Root said. Theyre a talented team, they can score and they can score quickly. So we knew just because we were up early in the first period that we couldnt let up.
Freshman Tyler Parks relieved Weninger to start the second period, but Kenny Agostino scored just 21 seconds in for a 4-0 Yale lead.
The Saints, who like the night before played with more intensity over the final two periods, broke the shutout bid as Matt Carey scored a man-advantage goal at 9:16 of the second during a five-minute major penalty after Stu Wilson received a game misconduct for contact to the head. Wicks goal came when he tipped in a Matt Carey drive at 14:40 of the final period.
Wick later received a game misconduct when he was called for charging in the final minute of the game and will sit out the teams next game.
nNOTES: The Saints are now 3-7 at home and have six home games left in their regular season. ... With his pair of assists, Greg Carey extended his point streak to 17 games. ... St. Lawrence will hit the road next week with games at Cornell and Colgate at 7 p.m. next Friday and Saturday.