Power play goals sink Saints at Brown
Sophomore goaltender Daniel Mannella finished with 43 saves in his first career start, but a pair of power play goals for Brown in the second period proved to be the difference, as the Bears beat the Saints 3-1 on Saturday night in Providence, Rhode Island.
Jacob Pritchard scored the lone goal for the Saints with first-year Cade Gleekel assisting on the play. Tyler Bird led the Bears with two goals, both on the power play, while Max Willman added the other for Brown.With the loss, the Saints drop to 1-10-1 overall and 0-3-1 in ECAC Hockey contests. The win is the second of the season for the Bears, as they improve to 2-4-0 both overall and in conference.
Brown carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after William converted on a 3-on-1 rush with a bar-down shot from the slot at 9:07.
In the first minute of the second period, Ryan Lough was assessed a major penalty for hitting from behind and given a game misconduct leaving an already depleted St. Lawrence bench even shorter for the remainder of the game.
Bird scored his first of the night and the eventual game-winning goal for the Bears at the 2:13 mark to give Brown a 2-0 lead.
Philip Alftberg had a shorthanded breakaway bid for the Saints not long after Bird's goal, but his shot rang the inside of the near post behind Brown's Luke Kania and stayed out.
Pritchard was able to cut the deficit to one with his fourth of the year at the 9:17 mark of the second period. After Kania kicked the puck aside, Gleekel picked it up in the circle and pushed it to the he Macomb, Mich. native behind the net. Pritchard wheeled around the left boards into the slot before throwing a shot on goal and beating Kania low inside the near post to make it 2-1 Brown.
Later in the frame, Bird added his second of the night to push the lead the final 3-1 margin.
Mannella made 23 of his 23 saves in the second period, including seven while the Saints were shorthanded.
St. Lawrence had number of quality chances late in the third period, including three an extra attacker after Mannella headed to the bench with 2:59 to play.
Brown finished with a 46-25 advantage in shots and was 2-for-4 on the power play. Kania made 24 saves for the Bears.
St. Lawrence will travel to Cornell and Colgate next weekend for another ECAC Hockey road series.