Colgate hands Saints 7-3 setback
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Sophomore wing Kyle Baun scored a hat trick and St. Lawrence University's defensive woes continued as Colgate skated to a 7-3 ECAC win over the Saints on Saturday night.

Colgate 13-9-3 overall and 9-3-1 in ECAC play, completed a weekend sweep and ran its unbeaten streak to seven games and its win streak to six, pulling away from a 3-2 first period lead to blow it open in the third period. The Saints, who snapped a seven game losing streak with a 4-4 tie at Cornell on Friday, have now gone nine games without a win after Saturday's setback.

The Saint pattern of falling behind early continued in Saturday's game, and while they were able to rally again to tie the game, this time their offense quieted in the second period and Colgate was able to pull away.

Baun opened the scoring 4:56 into the game when the Saints coughed the puck up behind their own net and Baun was able to tuck the puck past SLU goalie Matt Weninger, who made some big saves in the course of the game, but didn't get much help.

It went to 2-0 at 11:08 when Tyson Spink came out of the penalty box and scored on a breakaway right after the Saint power play expired, but the Saints battled back. Freshman Drew Smolcynski scored his fourth of the year from right in front as Chris Martin and Brian Ward assisted on the play, and freshman defenseman Gavin Bayreuther tied it with his sixth of the year from Greg Carey and Gunnar Hughes at 16:24 on a power play.

Colgate retook the lead in a scramble in front of Weninger, Joe Wilson scoring his fourth of the year at 18:42 to make it 3-2 after one, and Colgate scored the only goal of the second period, Baun getting his second of the night on a tip in from the top of the blue on a power play at 12:03. The Saints had only four shots on goal in the second period and Colgate blew it open early in the third, scoring two in the first half of the period for a 6-2 lead.

Mike McCann got the first at 7:32 on a shot which bounced off the post and then rolled into the net and Baun put a rebound back in to complete his hat trick on a power play at 10:20.

Weninger gave way to Kyle MacDonald, finishing with 23 saves, and the Saints cut it to 6-3 at 14:08 as Woody Hudson scored his third of the year from Eric Sweetman and Greg Carey. The Saints were awarded another power play just a minute after their third goal and pulled MacDonald for an extra attacker, but defenseman Kevin Lough foiled that strategy, hitting the empty net from his own goal line at 16:17 to complete the scoring.

Charlie Finn finished with 22 saves for Colgate, which outshot the Saints 33-25. Both teams were two for six on the power play.