Risteau, Saints men's hockey come from behind to edge Union in OT
Zach Risteau tipped a shot from Jake Stevens one minute into overtime to help the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team come all the way back from a 0-2 deficit for a 3-2 win at Messa Rink in ECAC Hockey action in Schenectady, New York on Saturday night.
It was a night of firsts for the Saints, as they won their first overtime game of the season and first game when trailing after two periods since January 13, 2017. Alex Gilmour and Bo Hanson scored their first goals of the season, and Emil Zetterquist made 27 saves for this first win of the year. Saturday also marked the first conference win of the season for the Scarlet and Brown.Risteau remains the only active Saints' player with an overtime game-winning goal, and finished with a hand in all three St. Lawrence goals on the night with assists on the Gilmour and Hanson tallies.
The Dutchmen dominated the first period, outshooting the Saints 13-4 and lead 1-0 through 20 minutes after Owen Farris lifted a rebound over a sprawling Zetterquist at the 10:04 mark.
Union extended its lead to 2-0 with a power play goal at 3:57 of the middle frame, as Brandon Estes was able to avoid a sliding block attempt by senior Ryan Garvey and beat Zetterquist bar down on the glove side.
But St. Lawrence got stronger as the game went on, and with time winding down in the second, the Saints cut the deficit in half with Gilmour's tally at 18:18.
The play started with a cross-ice feed from Risteau to Garvey in the corner, who then played it back to Gilmour at the top of the right circle. The Uxbridge, Ontario native – who played his 100th career game on Saturday night – ripped a one timer that hit a body in front and beat netminder Darion Hanson on the glove side to make it a 2-1 game going into the third period.
Early in the third period the Saints strung together a couple of great shifts and Hanson cashed in on extended time in the offensive zone for St. Lawrence to tie the game at 2-2 at the 3:04 mark.
Hanson picked up a rebound on the bottom of the left circle, wheeled behind the net and was left all alone on the right side for a quick wrister under the bar blocker side on Union's Hanson with Kaden Pickering and Zach Risteau assisting to help send the game to overtime.
Early in the overtime, Pickering and David Jankowski combined to win a battle along the wall in the neutral zone and got the puck in deep. Pickering played it out to Hanson on the left point who then went D-to-D to Stevens on the right side. Stevens threw a shot on goal and Risteau reached back across his body in the circle to redirect the puck behind Darion Hanson to seal the win for the Saints.
With the win, the Saints improve to 3-6-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in ECAC Hockey play. Union falls to 2-10-0 with a 1-3-0 mark against conference opponents.
The Dutchmen finished with a 29-23 edge in shots on goal and went 1-for-6 with the man advantage, while St. Lawrence finished 0-for-2.
St. Lawrence will continue its ECAC Hockey schedule with home games against Colgate and nationally-ranked Cornell next weekend at SUNY Canton. Puck drop for both games is set for 7 p.m.