Rookies continued to produce points, but the senior class had something to say as well as St. Lawrence bounced back to gain a split of its weekend series with Northeastern, winning 6-4 in a wild one at Appleton Arena on Saturday night.
Freshman Matt Carey had two goals and rookie Woody Hudson had a pair of assists, but senior Jeremy Wick had two goals and an assist and senior defenseman Justin Baker a goal and three assists as the Saints had their biggest offensive night of the season in support of rookie Tyler Parks' first start in goal.
Parks made 20 saves in his first collegiate start, ending senior Matt Weninger's consecutive start string at 53. Parks thwarted a Northeastern team which had won its first five straight and was ranked 20th in the season. The Saint offense was helped along by its power play which was three for seven.
SLU jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period and the two squads traded goals the rest of the way as the Saints improve to 4-2 on the season.
Matt Carey started a flurry of goals in the first period with his third of the season at 10:09 of the first. Northeastern came right back up ice to tie it on Adam Reid's goal 23 seconds later, but the Saints followed that with the go-ahead goal 52 seconds later and never trailed again. Defenseman Justin Baker put the Saints in front with his first goal of the year at 11:24 and senior Greg Carey made it a 3-1 game on a five-on-three power play goal from Baker at the 13 minute mark.
Northeastern's John Stevens cut the Saint lead to 3-2 11:55 into the second, but the Saints tacked on two more power play goals, one by senior Jeremy Wick at 15:02 tand the other by Matt Carey at 17:48 for a 5-2 lead. The Huskies got one back on a five-on-three of their own as Braden Pimm scored his sixth of the year with just under nine seconds left in the second period.
Northeastern, which had been held to 10 shots through the first two periods, came on strong in the third, but couldn't get a puck past Parks, who made 13 of his 20 saves in the final 20 minutes. Junior Patrick Doherty hit the empty net for the Saints with 1:53 to go in regulation time to make it 6-3, and while Northeastern pulled goalie Derick Roy again and scored with an extra attacher on Zach Aston-Reese's goal with a minute to play, they couldn't get closer.
Roy finished with 25 saves for the Huskies while Parks had 20 for the Saints.