Sophomore John Lidgett hopped off the Colgate bench, took a lead pass from defenseman Thomas Larkin and scored on a breakaway with 3:04 to go in regulation time, lifting Colgate to a 3-3 tie in a ECAC Hockey game at St. Lawrence Saturday night, snapping a three-game Saint win streak.
Colgate, 13-9-4, 5-6-3, overcame a 3-1 deficit with a pair of third period goals and Saint junior goalie Matt Weninger denied the Raiders on a pair of good scoring chances in overtime as the two teams tied for just the third time in 47 games between them at Appleton Arena. St. Lawrence did keep an unbeaten streak intact as the 12-10-4, 5-5-4 Saints are 4-0-2 in their last six and took sole possession of fifth place in the ECAC with the point for the tie. The Saints had won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two teams and the tie was the first since the 2003-04 season.
The Saints got off to a great start, grabbing a 2-0 first period lead. Sophomore center Tommy Thompson cut in front of Colgate freshman goalie Spencer Finney and scored his third of the year on a backhand at 2:28 of the first period and junior Greg Carey, who leads the nation in goal scoring among Division I players, scored his 18th of the year from Jeremy Wick 10:01 later.
Freshman Darcy Murphy got Colgate on the board on a power play at 5:57 of the second period as he took a wide shot by Larkin off the end boards and tucked it past Weninger, but the Saints regained their two goal lead just seconds after a power play had expired as Wick scored his 10th of the year from George Hughes and Kyle Flanagan before the penalized Colgate player could get back into the play at 12:16 of the second.
The Saints had a tough turn of events go against them early in the third period as first an apparent goal by Chris Martin was ruled no good after a video review and then Colgate freshman Tyson Spink spun a Saint defender and walked in in Weninger 2:13 into the third to make it a 3-2 game. The Saints were pressuring in the Colgate end late in the third period when Larkin picked up the puck and found Lidgett coming off the bench with Lidgett scoring his fifth of the year on the breakaway.
Neither team was able to score in the overtime as Finney stopped two shots by the Saints to finish with 24 saves and Weninger made 4 of his 32 saves in the overtime period.