Saints Wick, Weninger help complete weekend sweep
Jeremy Wick had a goal and an assist and Matt Weninger took a shutout deep into the third period in a 35-save night as St. Lawrence University's men's hockey team completed a weekend sweep with a 3-2 win at Princeton on Saturday night.
The Saints, now 15-11-4 and 8-6-4, will maintain a top four position in the ECAC standings with four games to go after their four point weekend while Princeton slips to 9-12-4 overall and 7-8-3 in the league. The Saints are now 7-1-2 in their last ten heading into the final home regular season weekend with Harvard and Dartmouth at Appleton next weekend.The Saints had a big special teams night against the Tigers, going three for five on the power play and killing off all eight Princeton power plays. SLU was a perfect 13 for 13 on the weekend on the penalty kill, thanks in good part of a ton of blocked shots and big plays by Weninger at the net.
Greg Carey opened the scoring for the Saints on a major power play goal at the 15:10 mark of the third period as he picked up a botched Princeton clear and snapped a shot toward goal which bounced off defenders in front and past Tiger goalie Sean Bonar for Carey's 23rd of the year and third goal of the weekend. Defenseman Justin Baker made it a 2-0 game just 3:09 later with the Saints again on a power play as he crashed the net and picked up a rebound off a save on a shot by Kyle Flanagan and put it back inside the far post for his third of the year and a 2-0 lead after one.
It went to 3-0 at 16:39 of the second as Jeremy Wick scored his 13th of the year, picking up a rebound off a shot from the point by George Hughes and snapping it over Bonar's shoulder. Wick and Carey each extended scoring streaks as Wick has points in each of the last nine and Carey has scored goals in nine straight.
The Saints carried the 3-0 lead well into the third period, but got caught on a line change at the 15:37 mark and Jack Berger was left with an open lane to the net. His wrister beat Weninger to the far post for his second of the year and while the Tigers were able to make it a one-goal game when Aaron Kesselman scored his third on the season from right in front with the Tigers skating with an extra attacker 19:12, the Saints and Weninger were able to kill off the final 48 seconds to preserve the sweep, their second league road sweep and third overall of the season.
Weninger, who also won both games against Princeton and Quinnipiac on the road last season, had 35 saves on Saturday, stopping 66 of 69 for the weekend while Bonar finished with 28 saves for the Tigers.