Big first period does in Saints against Cornell
A bad first period led to a lost weekend for the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team as Cornell jumped on the Saints for four goals in the first 20 minutes en route a 5-2 victory and the Saints were swept at home in their first ECAC series of the season at Appleton Arena.
Joel Lowry and Brian Ferlin scored two goals each and Dustin Mowrey had four assists to pace the Cornell win as the Big Red snapped out of an 0-3-1 slump in its last four games. The Saints have now lost two straight after a five game (3-0-2) unbeaten streak.St. Lawrence, which was swept at home and drops to 6-4-2 overall and 2-2-2 in league play, was done in by a bad first period as Cornell, 4-3-1, 2-3-1, scored four of its five goals in the first 20 minutes and took the play to the Saints. SLU scored the only goal of the second period and had chances to cut further into the lead in the third, but Ferlin's second of the night with 1:53 to go iced the win for the Big Red.
Cornell scored on its first two power play opportunities in the game, both by Lowry. His first shot went in off the shoulder of Saint senior goaltender Matt Weninger and then off the post 5:39 into the game. The Saints came back to tie it on senior Greg Carey's eighth goal of the game on a SLU power play at 9:16, but Lowry put the Big Red back in front, snapping a shot over Weninger's shoulder from right in front on the power play just 44 seconds later.
Ferlin then scored front in close on a Saint turnover, chasing Weninger at 11:26, and John McCarron scored his third of the year as freshman goaltender Tyler Parks made the initial save, but McCarron pounced on the loose puck at the side of the cage and tucked it in at 15:08 to give Cornell its three goal cushion after one.
St. Lawrence came out with more fire in the second period and cut the lead to 4-2 when sophomore Sean McGovern took a pass from freshman Alex Dahl and broke away, skating in on Cornell goalie Andy Iles before tucking the puck through his pads at 2:46, but that was the only shot to get past Iles from that point on as he finished with 22 saves.
Parks was looking toward the bench to leave for an extra attacker late in the game, but Cornell kept control of the puck and Ferlin scored his second of the night at 18:07 when he was left all alone in front.
Weninger made two saves on five shots and Parks had 13 saves on 15 shots for the Saints, who went one for seven on the power play while Cornell was two of five.