Greg Carey made one big play in the first period to give St. Lawrence a lead and then had a chance late in overtime, but his bid to lift the Saints to a win went just wide as SLU and Yale played to a 3-3 tie in the ECAC Hockey opener for both teams in New Haven on Friday night.
Carey stole the puck and scored his third goal of the season at 15:52 of the open period to give the Saints a 2-0 lead, and SLU pushed the margin to 3-1 when he helped set up Justin Baker's power play goal in the second period, but Yale, which had six power play opportunities to just two for the Saints, battled back and ended up tying the game on a power play shot with just one second left in the second period.
Goalies and defenses, plus a couple of missed opportunities dominated the rest of the game as Saint goalie Matt Weninger and Yale freshman netminder Alex Lyon each made 11 saves in the final 25 minutes to keep it a draw. The tie ended a three-game losing streak at Ingalls Rink for the Saints and Yale had to settle for a single point on the night that it unveiled its national championship banner. The Saints are now 4-2-1 overall and 0-0-1 heading into a game at Brown on Saturday while Yale is 1-1-1 overall and takes an 0-0-1 record into its Saturday meeting against Clarkson.
The Saints had the upper hand early in the game, but Yale worked its way back into it.
SLU outshot Yale by a significant margin in the first 16 minutes and grabbed its 2-0 lead before the Bulldogs worked their way back into it. Freshman Woody Hudson opened the scoring when he took a lead pass from Jeremy Wick and went hard to the net, sliding the puck between Lyon and the post for his second of the year at 5:30 with rookie defender Gavin Bayreuther also assisting. It went to 2-0 at 15:20 as Carey stripped a Yale forward of the puck at the Yale defensive blue line, circled back into the attacking zone and snapped a wrist shot into the upper corner for his third of the season.
Yale got one back with 2:02 to go in the period when Kenny Agostino took a hard shot along the ice from the top of the faceoff circle and Jesse Root got a stick on it, redirecting it past Saint goalie Matt Weninger and into the net.
The Saints, who had a seven seconds of power play in the first period, needed only 16 to score their power play goal and take a 3-1 lead in the second period. A quick series of passes from Greg Carey to Matt Carey to Baker in the left faceoff circle set up Baker's one-timer for his second of the season and a 3-1 lead at 4:37 of the second.
Yale got one back at 8:03, just five seconds after a successful Saint power play kill when Anthony Day got a step on a Saint defender and snapped one upper corner for his first of the season and the Bulldogs tied the game at 19:59 on a power play as defenseman Rob O'Gara pinched in during a scramble in front of Weninger and put his first of the year into the upper corner.
Both teams had their chances in the third period and overtime, but the goaltenders prevented further scoring for a hard earned point for each side. Weninger finished with 34 saves for the Saints while Lyon had 29 for Yale as Yale became the first team to outshoot the Saints thus far this season.