Colgate ends Saint season with 4-3 quarterfinal win
Colgate University rallied from a 2-1 deficit with three straight goals and then held off St. Lawrence to win game two of a best of three ECAC quarterfinal series, completing the sweep and ending the Saint season 4-3 on Saturday night.
The Saints played a strong first period to take the lead and had some great chances to pad their lead, but Colgate kept it close and then scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the third period to build a 4-2 lead. The second of two goals by Saint senior Greg Carey cut the Raider lead to 4-3 with 3:16 to play, but the Saints were called for too many men when trying to pull goaltender Matt Weninger for an extra attacker and couldn't get the equalizer.Freshman Woody Hudson opened the scoring for the Saints with his sixth of the year as he banged home a rebound of a shot by Brian Ward which was stopped by Colgate goalie Charlie Finn with the game just 1:40 old. Drew Smolcynski also assisted on the play for the Saints. It didn't take Colgate long to tie it, however, as Darcy Murphy scored his 16th of the year when the Saints turned the puck over behind their own net just 42 seconds later.
SLU regained the lead when Carey scored his 17th of the year on a one-time blast off a pass from Gavin Bayreuther on the power play at 15:13 with Jeremy Wick also assisting.
The Saints were called for a spate of penalties in the second period and Murphy tied the game on the power play on a sharp angle shot at 8:43. SLU had two shorthanded breakaways late in the period, but Wick banged one off the post and Patrick Doherty was stopped by Finn.
While the Saints started the third period on the power play, they couldn't convert and Colgate took the lead at the five minute mark when Joe Wilson tipped a shot from defenseman Ryan Johnston past Weninger. It went to 4-2 on a power play when Wilson got his second tip in of the period off an initial shot by Murphy at 9:25.
Carey put back a rebound of a shot by Wick with Matt Carey also assisting at 16:44 to cut the lead to 4-3, but Colgate was able to hang on and end the Saint season.
Carey's two goals give him 84 for his career and the points give him a career total of 185. He finishes fourth on the all-time Saint goal scoring list and third, just three points off the all-time record in points.
Weninger, who holds nearly all of the Saint goaltending records had 20 saves in Saturday's game while Finn finished with 23 for Colgate.