St. Lawrence University's men's hockey team will open 2013-14 ECAC Hockey play at defending national champion Yale on Friday and will play at an improving Brown squad on Saturday as the Saints begin a four-game road trip and a six-game league set this weekend.
The Saints are winless in their last four against Yale, which started its post-season run with a two game sweep of the Saints in the ECAC quarterfinals at New Haven, winning 6-1 and 3-0 against a Saint team which was shorthanded due to injury. While Yale lost a pair of games at the ECAC semifinals and finals, it bounced back with three straight wins in the NCAA tournament to win the national title, beating ECAC neighbor Quinnipiac 4-0 in the title game. The Bulldogs will unveil their national championship banner on Friday night. The game will be televised by ESPN3 on the internet: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/1265510/NCAA-Hockey-St.-Lawrence...
SLU goes into the weekend with a 4-2 overall record after a split of games against 20th-ranked Northeastern at home. Freshman Matt Carey led the Saints in the two-game set with three goals and two assists while senior defenseman Justin Baker had a goal and three assists and senior wing Jeremy Wick had two goals and an assist. Saint senior goaltender Matt Weninger saw his consecutive start streak stopped at 54 after game one of the Northeastern series as freshman Tyler Parks got his first career start…and win…in game two.
Yale, 1-1 after a split of non-league weekend games against Ivy foes (4-1 loss to Brown, 3-2 win over Princeton) will be out to narrow the Saints' all-time series lead in Friday's game. Last season's Yale sweep closed the gap on the Saints, who lead 60-35-9. The Saints are 29-19-6 at Ingalls Rink and last won there in the 2011-12 season, taking a 4-3 victory.
The Saints took three points from Brown (2-0 after wins over Yale and Dartmouth in non-league action last weekend) last season, but Brown remains the only ECAC team to have taken at least one point from the Saints in each of the last 20 seasons. The two clubs tied 3-3 in Providence and the Saints came away a 3-2 winner in Canton last season, leading the overall series 39-27-10, but have only a two-game edge in games at Meehan Auditorium, 17-15-4.