Sophomore wing Tyler Maugeri scored a pair of goals including the game-tying goal midway through the third period as Princeton University stayed unbeaten in ECAC Hockey league competition, battling to a 3-3 tie at St. Lawrence University's Appleton Arena Friday night.
For the 16th-ranked Saints, it was the second consecutive Friday night league tie and SLU is still looking for its first league victory at 5-2-2 overall and 0-1-2 in the ECAC. Princeton, which is starting a seven-game stretch of games on the road, is 2-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the league.
The Saints got off to a good start as senior captain Kyle Flanagan stole the puck at the Saint blue line in the opening minute of the game and headed up ice with sophomore Chris Martin on a two-on-one. Flanagan fed Martin on the left wing and Martin snapped his third of the season past Princeton goalie Mike Condon for the 1-0 lead at the 1:00 mark. SLU made it a 2-0 game on its second power play of the night as senior George Hughes blasted a laser under the crossbar from the center point for his first goal of the year with Greg Carey and Justin Baker assisting at 14:52, but Princeton got that back when Michael Sdao scored his second of the year on a Tiger power play, beating Saint goalie Matt Weninger to the far post through a screen from the center point.
It was another disappointing night for the Saints as they had the opportunity to come away with a win for the second straight Friday night, but were unable to seal the deal. "We're still learning how to win," said Saint coach Greg Carvel. "We had our opportunities, but weren't able to finish them off."
Princeton tied the game on Maugeri's first of the night at 16:58 of the second as he got a step on a Saint defenseman, cut to the net on and roofed a shot just under the crossbar. The Saints went back in front when Carey and sophomore Tommy Thompson broke into the Princeton zone on a two-on-one 5:26 into the third period and Carey tapped Thompson's pass into the open side of the net. It was the first career assist for Thompson in his 44th collegiate start.
Maugeri came through with the tying goal when a hit in the corner knocked the puck free from a Saint defender and Maugeri was all alone in front of Weninger, tucking the puck around him at 11:40 for his second of the game and fifth of the year.
Neither team scored the rest of the way although both had power play chances and the Saints hit a pair of posts. SLU also had a power play chance in overtime, but again could not convert and had to settle for the tie.
The Saints had eight power play chances in the game and generated a number of scoring chances, but between Condon and the post and crossbars they were limited to just the Hughes goal. Princeton finished with a 26-23 overall edge in shots on goal as Weninger finished with 23 saves for the Saints and Condon had 20 for the Tigers.