Saints men's hockey drop Canisius for first win in Appleton Arena
A three-goal second period propelled the St. Lawrence men's hockey team to its first win in Appleton Arena this season, as the Saints beat Canisius 4-1 on Saturday night in their final non-conference game.
St. Lawrence got power play goals from Ben Finkelstein and Carson Gicewicz, while Mike Marnell and Jake Stevens add even strength tallies. Nolan Gluchowski also added a pair of assists and goaltender Daniel Mannella earned his first collegiate point in addition to making 23 saves.With the win, the Saints improve to 4-14-2 on the year and remain unbeaten against the Golden Griffins in the series at 2-0-2. Three of the team's four wins this year have come against either a ranked opponent (Wisconsin) or one who entered the game receiving votes in the national polls (UMass Lowell, Canisius).
After a scoreless first period in which St. Lawrence outshot the Griffs 13-8, the Saints wasted little time getting on the board in the middle frame with Finkelstein's goal at 3:55 – just six seconds into their third power play.
Joe Sullivan won the draw back to Finkelstein at the point, who passed to Gluchowski before getting it back and ringing a shot off the far post and in for his third of the year to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
Gicewicz extended the lead to 2-0 at the 7:51 mark when he banked a shot off the back of Canisius netminder Daniel Urbani from below the red line for his second in as many games with Philip Alftberg and Stevens assisting on the play.
Then, at 11:37, Marnell extended his goal-scoring streak to four games and made it 3-0 in favor of the Scarlet and Brown with his fifth of the season. After Gluchowski kept the puck in at the point, Marnell and Pritchard cycled on the left wing side before Marnell walked into the slot and beat Urbani five hole to send the Saints into the second intermission with a three goal lead.
Thirty-three seconds into the third period, the Griffs Ryan Schmelzer spoiled Mannella's shutout bid when he finished a back door feed from Dylan McLaughlin to cut the St. Lawrence lead to 3-1.
However, the Saints got one back at 7:36 when Stevens finished off a give-and-go with Suthers in transition with a slapshot from just inside the left point that beat Urbani high on the glove side. Mannella earned the secondary assist after redirecting the puck to Suthers in the defensive zone off a save.
The Saints outshot Canisius 33-24 on Saturday night and finished 2-for-6 with the man advantage. It is the first game since the 4-4 tie with RPI in November that the Saints have converted on more than one power play opportunity.
Canisius finished 0-for-4 on the power play in the game and falls to 10-8-2 with the loss. Urbani stopped 29, including 13 in both the first and second periods.
It is all ECAC Hockey opponents from here on out for the Saints, as they'll travel to the Capital District to take on RPI and Union on Friday and Saturday evening, respectively. Puck drop for both games is set for 7 p.m.