That elusive 1000th win in program history continued to tantalize the Saints Friday night as the Rochester Institute of Technology overcame a 3-1 Saint lead with three unanswered goals and handed SLU its fifth straight loss since win 999 which came at Colgate on November 30.
RIT, now 5-8-4, stretched its unbeaten streak to 3-0-1 in its last four outings while the Saints, who started the year 5-1-1, have now lost five straight to fall to 7-9-2 overall. The Saints will be out to snap both the five game overall losing streak and a six-game skid on Saturday nights when the two teams meet in a rematch at Appleton on Saturday.
Kyle Essery scored two goals and rookie Sean McGovern assisted on all three goals, but it wasn't enough on Friday as the Tigers came from behind to snatch the victory.
St. Lawrence took a 3-2 lead into the final five minutes of regulation, but ended up on the wrong end of the final score when freshman Alexander Kuqali scored his third goal of the year with an extra attacker on the ice while a delayed penalty was being indicated against the Saints at 15:56 of the third to tie it and Adam Hartley scored his fourth of the season on a knuckling shot at 18:30.
The Saints opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period as Essery scored his fourth of the year off a goal-mouth pass by Greg Carey at 11:17, and it went to 2-0 when sophomore Patrick Doherty scored his third of the year shorthanded at 2:22 of the second. RIT got that one back just 1:34 later on a goal that withstood a video review as Anthony Hamburg scored his second of the year, but the Saints went back up by two when Essery scored his second of the game and the Saints' second shorthander at 7:14 as rookie wing Sean McGovern picked up his third assist of the night.
RIT did score on the power play after Essery's shorthanded goal as Brad McGowan finished off a give and go with Ben Lynch with his third of the year at 8:27 to start the RIT comeback.
RIT outshot the Saints 15-5 in the third period and finally pulled even when Kuqali pinched in from his defensive position and put his own rebound back past Saint goalie Matt Weninger and then Hartley got the game-winner as his dipping shot slipped past Weninger to complete the comeback.
The Saints went scoreless in five power play chances in the game while RIT was one for four, but gave up the two shorthanded goals. Junior goaltender Josh Watson made 32 saves, 27 of them in the first two periods to earn the win while Weninger had 26 stops for the Saints.