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St. Lawrence University’s losing streak is history after recording a hard-earned as well much-needed point on Friday night.

Matt Carey scored the tying goal while on the power play with 3:18 remaining in regulation and Matt Weninger stopped both a breakway bid and a penalty shot, both in overtime, and finished with 29 saves as the Saints battled their way to a 4-4 tie with No. 12 Cornell in ECAC Hockey play at Lynah Rink as St. Lawrence halted its losing streak at seven games.

Jeremy Wick also scored a power-play for the Saints (8-12-3, 2-6-3), which also snapped their six-game skid in the conference by earning their first point overall since Nov. 29 in a 5-2 win at North Dakota.

Brian Ward and Alex Dahl each scored within a span of 24 seconds in the first period for St. Lawrence, which came back from deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3. In earning the point, their first in league play since an 8-5 win at Dartmouth on Nov. 9, the Saints also ended a six-game losing skid at Cornell.

Carey tallied the tying goal by finishing off a feed from Greg Carey to beat goalie Andy Iles (16 saves) at 17:11 of the third period.

After Weninger stopped Cole Bardreau’s breakaway bid, the Big Red were awarded a penalty shot with 32.2 seconds left in overtime.

Weninger, who stopped Bardreau’s penalty-shot attempt, finished with 29 saves. He turned aside 17 of 18 of Cornell’s shots after the first period, including nine saves in the extra session.

Despite yielding the game’s first two goals, the Saints were resilient as they killed off all three Big Red power plays, marking the first time their penalty killing was perfect in nine games.

Christian Hilbrich scored two goals for the Big Red (9-4-5, 5-3-4), who extended their unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3) and have recorded a tie in four of their last six games.

Wick deflected a Greg Carey shot past Iles 3:43 into the second period to tie the game at 3-3, snapping Cornell’s penalty-killing streak at 21 straight kills. Brian Ferlin scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, as he skated from behind the net and beat Weninger at 17:11.

Iles made 16 saves for the Big Red, who out shot the Saints, 33-20.

Matt Carey received a major penalty for roughing and was ejected from the game and assessed game misconduct in the final minute of overtime.

NOTES: The Saints ended their first-period drought as they scored their first goal in the opening 20 minutes for the first time in five games. ... With his two assists, Greg Carey extended his point streak to 18 games. ... Wick’s goal, his team-leading 12th power-play goal, came into the night standing third in the nation in man-advantage tallies. ... St. Lawrence plays at Colgate at 7 tonight.

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