Held to an assist on opening night, senior wing Greg Carey scored two goals and set up two others as St. Lawrence University's hockey team completed an opening weekend sweep of the University of Maine with a 5-2 win at Appleton Arena on Saturday night.
Carey, an All America and the nation's leading goal scorer a year ago, scored his first of the season in a late third period flurry to give the Saints a two-goal cushion and then iced the game with an empty netter with 1.1 seconds left. The Saints, 2-0-0, have now won four straight in the series with Maine, 0-2-0 over the last two seasons.
The Black Bears scored the only goal of the first period as sophomore wing Ryan Lomberg finished off a three-on-one rush with a shot which beat Saint goalie Matt Weninger just inside the far post for the only goal of the first period at 4:27.
Saint rookie defenseman Gavin Bayreuther tied it 2:54 into the second period, scoring his second goal in as many nights on a power play bomb which beat Maine goalie Martin Ouellette to the upper corner with Carey and Jeremy Wick assisting. Carey then swiped a puck along the side boards and sent it toward net where Wick deflected it past Ouellette to give the Saints a 2-1 lead at 19:52.
Ouellette had a big second period to keep Maine from being blown out, making 14 of his 32 saves as the Saints held a 16-4 advantage in shots on goal in the second period. It was Weninger's turn to weather a storm of shots in the third period and the Saint senior did surrender a second goal, but continued his mastery of the Bears with 18 of his 33 saves in the final period. Weninger has won all four games in the current Saint streak and has stopped 122 of 126 shots in those four games.
Maine tied the game at the 12 minute mark of the third period as Mark Anthoine scored just 12 seconds into a Black Bear power play, putting a rebound of a shot from the point by Dan Renouf back past Weninger.
The tie lasted only three minutes as the Saints exploded for two goals in less than a minute to take control. Junior Gunnar Hughes stole the puck along the sideboards in the Maine zone and fed sophomore Brian Ward, who scored his second of the season from right between the faceoff circles at 15:02 and Carey made it a 4-2 game at 15:54 with a bomb inside the post off a rush.
Maine got a late power play and pulled Ouellette for the extra attacker, but the Saints turned that back and tacked on the empty netter when Carey took the puck at center ice and backhanded it into the empty net from outside the blue line.