Sophomore defenseman Mike Keenan scored his first two collegiate goals to break open a one-goal game and Dartmouth College swept its weekend North Country trip with a 6-1 win over St. Lawrence University at Appleton Arena Saturday night.
Dartmouth, a 7-1 winner at Clarkson on Friday, put the Saints away with four unanswered goals after Saint rookie Greg Carey had cut the Dartmouth lead to 2-1 early in the third period with a power play goal. The Big Green improves to 3-2-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the ECAC while the Saints are now 2-6-3 overall and 2-2-0 in league play after being swept at home.
"It was a disappointing weekend," said Saint coach Joe Marsh. "Dartmouth is a very good team and has size, speed and experience, but we also made it easy for them a few times. We just have to regroup and try to work on the things we have to fix before we head to Clarkson for next weekend's game."
The Big Green opened the scoring six minutes into the game on a power play as senior center Scott Fleming tapped a rebound into the open side of the net. The power play goal was the first allowed by the Saints in the last 19 opponent power play chances.
Dartmouth made it a 2-0 game with just 2:01 to play in the second period as senior wing Kyle Reeds took advantage of a bounce off the end boards in the Saint end. Freshman center Matt Lindblad fired the puck wide of the Saint goal, but it caromed off the boards and onto Reeds' stick and he tucked the puck between Saint goalie Matt Weninger and the post
Carey scored his fifth of the year, backhanding a rebound of a shot by Kyle Flanagan which came off the end boards and back into the slot at 4:46 of the third to make it a 2-1 game, but Dartmouth took a 3-1 lead on Keenan's unassisted power play goal at 6:12 for his first collegiate goal, and the sophomore blueliner, playing in just his 13th career game, scored again on a shot from the point at 9:43.
The Saints pulled Weninger to give sophomore goaltender David Grilk his first collegiate game time, but Dartmouth scored on the first two shots it had against the new netminder, who did not have a chance on either goal. Matt Reber scored his first of the season from Scott Fleming as he was all alone in front at 12:53 and senior wing Rob Smith scored his first of the season with a shot inside the far post from close range 1:07 later to complete the scoring
James Mello finished with 27 saves for the Big Green and improved to 2-0-1 with a goals against average under 1.00 for the season while Weninger had 19 saves and Grilk made one for the Saints, who had a 28-25 edge in shots on goal for the game.