Yale prevails over Saints with 3rd period surge, 5-3
The frustrations continued for St. Lawrence University's men's hockey team as far as finding ECAC Hockey success on Friday night as despite a solid effort by the Saints, Yale came away with a 5-3 win at Appleton Arena, dropping the Saints to 1-5-2 in league play and into 12th in the league standings.
The Saint loss, coupled by a win at Clarkson by Brown and a tie between RPI and Quinnipiac, leaves the Saints with four points in league play, although they do have games in hand and have yet to reach the mid-way point of the league schedule. While the game was a typical end-to-end highly entertaining Yale game, special teams, normally a Saint strength, let SLU, 8-10-2, down as Yale went two-for-four on the power play and the Saints generated chances, but were scoreless in their only two power play chances and are now two for 33 since the start of December on the power play.Senior Antoine Laganiere and sophomore Nicholas Weberg scored goals 3:26 apart in the third period to snap a 2-2 and send the 14th-ranked Bulldogs on their way to the win.
Yale, 8-4-3 overall and 4-3-1 in league play, finally established a lead with the back-to-back goals, Laganiere scoring his 10th of the season on a power play at 9:43 and Weberg putting his fourth of the year away when he found himself all alone in front of Saint goalie Matt Weninger at 13:09. While the Saints got one back when Patrick Doherty scored his fifth of the year just 26 seconds after Weberg's goal, the Saints could get no closer and Yale iced it on Andrew Miller's empty netter from center ice with 43 seconds to play.
Junior Kenny Agostino shrugged off an early injury and came back to score the game's first goal as he snapped a shot under the crossbar after a faceoff in the Siant end at 12:53 of the first, but the Saints came right back to tie it when junior wing Greg Carey scored his 13th of the year in a scramble in front of Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm at 13:18.
The Saints went up 2-1 7:05 into the second as senior center Kyle Flanagan scored his 10th of the year from Carey on a wrist shot to the upper corner, but Yale came back to tie at 2-2 when Stu Wilson scored his fourth of the season on a power play at 9:43.
Weninger finished with 33 saves for the Saints while Malcolm had 36 stops for Yale.