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College hockey: Colgate zooms past St. Lawrence

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HAMILTON — The Colgate and St. Lawrence University hockey teams are clearly heading in opposite directions.

Kyle Baun scored three goals to spark the Raiders past the Saints, 7-3, on Saturday night in ECAC Hockey play at Starr Rink to extend St. Lawrence’s winless skid to nine games.

St. Lawrence (8-13-3, 2-7-3) has gone 0-8-1 since its last victory nearly two months ago on Nov. 29, a 5-2 victory at North Dakota.

Tyson Spink contributed a goal and three assists for Colgate (13-9-3, 9-3-1), which pushed its unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1).

The Raiders also won for just the second time at home against the Saints over the past eight meetings.

Gavin Bayreuther and Woody Hudson each scored power-play goals and Drew Smolcynski tallied a goal for the Saints, who are also winless in their past eight league games (0-7-1).

St. Lawrence, which started its ECAC campaign at 2-0-2, hasn’t won a conference game since an 8-5 victory at Dartmouth on Nov. 9.

After rallying to post a point in a 4-4 tie at Cornell on Friday, the Saints against the Raiders yielded the most goals in a game this season. The setback also marks the eighth straight game that St. Lawrence surrendered four or more goals.

Goalie Charlie Finn stopped 22 of 25 shots for Colgate, which swept the season series with both St. Lawrence and No. 13 Clarkson.

With the game tied at 2-2 in the first period, the Raiders responded with a four-goal surge to take command.

After Joe Wilson scored late in the opening period for the go-ahead tally, Baun scored a power-play goal at 12:03 of the second period by redirecting a Spiro Goulakos drive past goalie Matt Weninger to provide Colgate with a 4-2 advantage.

Mike McCann and Baun followed with a goal each within a span of 2:48 in the third period as the Raiders pulled away.

Weninger stopped 23 of 29 shots faced. After he yielded the sixth goal, he was replaced by Kyle MacDonald.

For the second straight night, St. Lawrence rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, only to trail 3-2 through the first 20 minutes.

After Baun scored at 4:56, Tyson Spink followed with a goal at 11:08 for a two-goal advantage.

Following Smolcynski’s goal from in close with Chris Martin assisting at 13:18, Bayreuther tied the game with a blast from the right point for a power-play goal at 16:24, with Gunnar Hughes assisting. Wilson gave the Raiders a 3-2 lead on his rebound goal at 18:12.

nNOTES: With his two assists, Greg Carey extended his point streak to 19 games. Hudson’s tally was the first power-play goal of his collegiate career for the freshman. ... St. Lawrence allowed the game’s first goal for the sixth straight outing. ... The Saints will host No. 3 Union on Friday and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday in league play, both at 7 p.m.

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