A trio of freshmen provided the offense and senior goaltender Matt Weninger recorded his seventh career playoff win as St. Lawrence University swept a best-of-three ECAC Hockey playoff series with Brown, winning 3-2 at Appleton Arena on Saturday night.
The Saints, seeded eighth and 15-17-4 on the season will await the result of two other series which are going to game three on Sunday to find their quarterfinal opponent. Brown finishes its season at 11-17-3. Dartmouth and RPI and Princeton and Clarkson will play game three in their series Sunday night and if RPI and Clarkson both win, the Saints will draw top-seed Union in the quarterfinals. If either Dartmouth or Princeton win their series the Saints will get Colgate and if both visiting teams win, the Saints will go to Quinnipiac.
Woody Hudson scored the game winner in Saturday's game
Rookie defensemen Eric Sweetman and Gavin Bayreuther each scored a goal and freshman wing Woody Hudson recorded his first collegiate game winner as the Saints answered a Brown goal with two in a span of 1:16 in the third period. Weninger made 10 of his 23 saves in the third period to protect the Saint lead and send them to the quarterfinals for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
Sweetman, the hero of Friday's game one with his double overtime game winner, scored his second of the series and third of the season to open the scoring 5:13 into the second period. He took a pass from classmate Alex Dahl and rifled a shot to the upper corner from the top of the faceoff circle with Matt Carey, another freshman, also assisting on the power play goal.
Brown tied the game when senior wing Garnet Hathaway put back a rebound of his own shot at 4:10 of the third period, but the Saints had an immediate answer as Bayreuther scored his ninth of the year on a quick wrist shot after captain Kyle Essery's set-up pass at 4:36 and the Saints made it a 3-1 game at 5:52 when Hudson came off the sideboards, cut in front of Brown goalie Tyler Steel and scored on his backhand for his fifth of the year and eventually his first career game winner.
Brown got one back when junior Ryan Jacobson put back a rebound after a Weninger save on a point blank shot by Andrew Doane at 10:10 of the third, but Brown could get no closer despite pulling Steel for an extra attacker in the final 1:14.
The Saints outshot Brown 28-25 and held the Bears scoreless on two power play chances, not allowing a shot on goal on either power play. SLU scored on its lone power play opportunity in the game. Steel finished with 25 saves for Brown.