Kyle Flanagan leads Saints to weekend sweep in men's ice hockey
Sophomore center Kyle Flanagan scored two goals and assisted on a third and freshman goaltender Matt Weninger made 31 saves for his second straight victory as St. Lawrence University swept its opening weekend of ECAC Hockey competition with a 4-1 win over Colgate at Appleton Arena Saturday night
The Saints, 3-0 winners over Cornell on Friday, are now 2-4-3 overall and 2-0-0 in league play while Colgate, which tied at Clarkson on Friday, is 2-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the league.Kyle Flanagan had a three goal weekend and also had an assist while Sean Flanagan had four assists in the two games while Weninger followed up his first collegiate win and shutout with another strong effort in goal. He lowered his goals against average to 2.13 and improved his save percentage to .928 with Saturday's win
"Matt made some big saves at key times in the game and was one of the big reasons we were able to kill off all five Colgate power plays," said Saint coach Joe Marsh. "I think they spent the entire two minutes in our zone on a couple of those, but our guys did a good job in taking away the quality shots and blocked some as well.
"It was a great effort on the part of both teams...a lot of end to end hockey and we had some great chances that we didn't score on. The younger guys stepped up and I thought we had very solid efforts from everyone in both games this weekend.
The Saints opened the scoring on a power play at 7:42 of the first period as Kyle Flanagan found freshman Greg Carey with a pass and Carey scored from point blank range for his fourth of the year. Colgate tied the game at the 18:29 mark of the first when defenseman Thomas Larkin's lead pass sent Francois Brisebois in alone on Weninger and Brisebois put away his first goal of his senior year.
Freshman Jeremy Wick put the Saints in front at 6:25 of the second period as he took a pass from Jacob Drewiske and put a backhand over Colgate goalie Alex Evin's shoulder while falling backward for his second goal of the weekend and the second of his career
Kyle Flanagan made it a 3-1 game at 9:34 of the second from his brother Sean and Carey, putting away a rebound of a Carey shot and the Flanagan brothers teamed up again for the final goal of the game, Sean feeding Kyle for an empty netter with 26 seconds to go in regulation time.
Weninger made 23 of his 31 saves in the first two periods with 10 of Colgate's shots on goal coming on the power play. The Saints killed all five Colgate power plays and were perfect on eight penalty kills for the weekend. Evin finishe diwth 20 saves for Colgate, which outshot the Saints 32-24