Yale men's hockey scores 3 in 1st, holds off Saints 4-2
Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:08 pm

St. Lawrence's first period woes continued Saturday night as for the fourth straight game the Saints dug a first period hole that they were unable to dig out of.

Yale freshman wing John Hayden scored twice in a three-goal first period and the Elis went on to record a 4-2 ECAC Hockey over St. Lawrence, handing the SLU its seventh straight loss on Saturday night.

Yale scored two goals just 2:27 apart in its three-goal first period burst, and while St. Lawrence settled down and battled back into it, the Saints couldn't climb out of the big early hole. It was the fourth straight time the Saints have fallen behind by three or more goals in a game before mounting a comeback and the fourth straight time they have been shut out in the first period.

The nationally eighth-ranked Elis gained a split of their North Country trip with the win and are 9-4-4 overall and 4-3-3 in league play. The Saints are 8-12-2 overall and 2-6-2 after losing both weekend games.

Defenseman Matt Killian opened the scoring for Yale, putting a nifty backhander over the shoulder of Saint starter Matt Weninger for his second goal of the year with just 12 seconds to go in the game's first power play. It went to 2-0 at 12:52 when senior center Jesse Root scored his seventh of the year on a power play shot which trickled through Weninger's pads from a tough angle and Hayden made it a 3-0 game in a scramble in front for the first even strength goal of the night at 15:19.

Freshman Tyler Parks replaced Weninger, who had 14 first period saves, to start the second, but Parks got caught out of position in the opening minute and Hayden scored his second of the night into the wide open net from Kenny Agostino to make it a 4-0 game just 21 seconds into the second period. Parks shut the Elis out the rest of the way and the Saints mounted a comeback, but couldn't get all the way back.

Freshman Matt Carey scored his 14th goal of the year just 10 seconds into a Saint major power play at 9:16 of the second period to make it a 4-1 game, but Yale was able to kill off the rest of the penalty and then killed another later Saint power play to make it a 4-1 game after two.

Senior Jeremy Wick scored his 11th of the season on a power play tip in of a Matt Carey shot with senior Greg Carey, one of the nation's leading scorers, getting his second assist of the night to extend his scoring streak to 17 straight games at 14:40 of the third, but while the Saints pulled Parks for an extra attacker with over two minutes to play, they could not get any closer.

Lyon finished with 28 saves for Yale, which held the Saints under 10 shots for the first half of the game, while Parks had 11 in two periods to give the Saints a team total of 25 saves.