Opportunity knocked for St. Lawrence University's men's hockey team on Friday night, but the Saints were unable to answer as their home woes continued with a 3-1 loss to Dartmouth in a ECAC Hockey game, snapping a two-game Saint win streak.
Dartmouth freshman Grant Opperman snapped a 1-1 tie with a second period breakaway goal and junior Charlie Mosey finished off a two-on-one break for an insurance goal on one of only two Dartmouth shots in the third period as the Big Green upset the Saints 3-1 and compounded their home woes.
Dartmouth won for the seventh straight time at Appleton, snapping a two-game Saint win streak and hampering SLU's bid for a first-round home ice playoff spot. Dartmouth is 5-16-3 overall and 4-12-1 in league play while the Saints are 11-15-3, 5-9-3, but fell to 1-7-0 on home ice in league games despite outshooting Dartmouth 17-2 in the third period.
The Saints, limited to 16 shots through the first two periods, dominated the third, but couldn't get anything into the net despite some great chances. The Saints remain tied with Brown for eighth in the league standings and squandered a chance to move ahead of the Bears, who were upset by Princeton in other Friday action.
Neither team scored in the first 20 minutes, but Saint senior wing Jeremy Wick broke the scoring ice with his 14th of the season on a Saint power play 4:48 into the second. Dartmouth tied it just under ten minutes later when Brandon McNally found himself with the puck all alone in front of Saint goalie Matt Weninger on a power play, and he buried his fifth of the year at 14:35 to make it a 1-1 game.
Eric Neiley then sprung Opperman who skated in alone on Weninger and scored at 17:34 to make it 2-1 after two periods and Mosey finished off a two-on-one with Jesse Beamish, redirecting Beamish's pass past Weninger's outstretched pad at 5:57 of the third for the 3-1 lead.
The Saints hit the crossbar three times in the game and missed a number of wide open nets with shots either high or wide. Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant finished with 32 saves, 17 of them in the third period while Weninger had 22 for the Saints.