Brown squeaks past Saints 2-1
Freshman Garnet Hathaway scored his fourth goal of the season just 1:49 into the third period and it stood up as the game winner as Brown University tipped St. Lawrence 2-1 in a ECAC Hockey game at Brown's Meehan Auditorium Friday night.
Brown improves to 7-7-4 overall and 5-5-1 in league play, while the Saints, who play at number one-ranked Yale on Saturday night to complete a difficult road trip, are now 7-11-4 overall and 3-7-0 in the ECAC. Brown has now taken at least one point from the Saints in ECAC play for the 19th straight year with the home win in the first of two meetings between the two teams this season.The Saints were without head coach Joe Marsh behind the bench as Marsh missed Friday's game and will also miss Saturday's game at Yale while recuperating in the hospital after a surgical procedure on Thursday. Marsh will remain in the hospital for observation over the weekend and hopes to return to the team early next week. Associate head coach Bob Prier coached the team in Marsh's absence.
"It was a very competitive hockey game and our guys played tough," said Prier. "This has always been a tough place for us to play, and certainly the way things started, we could have been in trouble, but we were able to take things in stride and battle our way right back into it."
It didn't take long for the Bears to hit the scoreboard as Brown was awarded a penalty shot just 26 seconds into the game and Jack Maclellan converted for the only goal in what was an otherwise even first period. Maclellan was hauled down on a breakaway to set up the penalty shot. The Bears had a 11-10 edge in shots on goal and the Saints killed off a trio of Brown power plays.
Still leading, 1-0, early in the second period, the Bears escaped a dangerous attempt by St. Lawrence about five minutes in. The play developed after Brown had trouble clearing the zone at the tail end of the Saints' second power play chance of the night, during which St. Lawrence maintained possession in the zone for nearly the full two minutes. Junior Mike Clemente made a quick reaction save on a shot by Pete Child, but lost sight of the puck on the rebound. Jared Keller skated towards the wide open net, but lifted the shot high of everything and Brown was finally able to clear the zone, getting five fresh skaters on the ice.
However, less than two minutes later, the Saints tied the score when George Hughes' shot from the left point deflected off a Brown skate and past Clemente to the far corner at the 6:41 mark with Aaron Bogosian assisting on the goal. It was the third of the season for the sophomore defenseman.
Hathaway's game-winner came just four seconds after the Saints had killed off a power play and was set up by Jesse Fratkin and Chris Zaires. The Bears outshot the Saints 8-1 in the first 10 minutes of the third, and while the Saints pressed to pull even, they could not find the equalizer.
Brown finished with a 29-26 edge in shots on goal with Clemente making 25 saves and Matt Weninger stopping 27 for the Saints. It was the 11th time in 17 starts that the Saints have scored two or fewer goals in a start by Weninger.