Saints sweep Maine, win Game 2 5-1
Junior goaltender Matt Weninger came through with his second straight big night in goal and the St. Lawrence University duo of Greg Carey and Kyle Flanagan combined for four goals and six points as the Saints completed a sweep of the University of Maine with a 5-1 win in Orono on Saturday night.
St. Lawrence, now 3-1 is off to its best road start since the 1998-99 season and ran its unbeaten streak against Hockey East teams to seven games (6-0-1) with another solid across the board effort on Saturday.The Saints held Maine scoreless for five periods and did not allow a power play goal in 14 Maine chances for the weekend, while scoring five each night for their biggest offensive output of the young season.
Carey had two goals and assisted on two others for the second four-point night by a Saint in as many nights. Flanagan, who had four assists on Friday, had two goals in Saturday's game and has ten points in the first four games of the season while sophomore Gunnar Hughes picked up a pair of assists and Kyle Essery scored his first goal of the season.
The Saints quieted the large Maine crowd early for the second night in a row as Carey picked the pocket of a Maine defender and snapped a wrist shot over the shoulder of Maine starter Dan Sullivan for his second of the year at 7:20 of the first period. Carey then set up Flanagan's fourth of the season with a cross ice pass at 14:15 of the first with Flanagan snapping a shot past Sullivan from the right faceoff circle.
Carey scored his second of the night right after a Saint power play had expired as he crashed the net and redirected a goal-mouth pass by Gunnar Hughes past Maine freshman goalie Matt Morris at 12:21 of the second.
Maine got some momentum going and finally got a puck past Weninger when Devin Shore passed the puck out from behind the Saint net to defenseman Mark Nemec in the center slot and Nemec put the puck inside the near post for his first of the season and the lone Maine goal of the weekend at 4:29 of the third.
Weninger deflected further Black Bear pressure with some big glove saves, making 14 of his 36 saves in the third period and the Saints sent the crowd home early for the second straight night when Flanagan scored his second of the night on a power play, cutting in on Morris and putting the puck around him at 11:09 with Carey and Justin Baker assisting. Essery then put the lid on it at 16:16 when he rushed to the net and tipped Gunnar Hughes' goal mouth pass home with George Hughes also assisting to complete the scoring.
The Saints are now off for a week before hosting Alabama Huntsville Nov. 2-3.