Saints snap streaks with 4-1 win over Clarkson
The 1980 Rink at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid proved to be just the tonic St. Lawrence University's men's hockey team needed on Saturday night as the Saints improved to 9-3-0 in that venue with a 4-1 win over arch rival Clarkson.
Freshman Patrick Doherty snapped a 1-1 tie with a power play goal with 2:07 to play in the second period, and four different Saint players scored goals to back a solid goaltending performance by Matt Weninger, snapping a pair of four-game losing streaks.The two teams met for the second time in four days as part of the Festivus Faceoff. In the first game of the day, Union turned back its arch-rival RPI, 5-2. The Saints, who had lost four straight to Clarkson over the last two seasons and four straight this season, improve to 6-10-0 on the year with the non-league win while Clarkson is now 9-7-4.
"That was a solid 60-minute effort," said Saint associate head coach Mike Hurlbut. "We worked hard from the opening faceoff to the final whistle and were rewarded for the effort. Special teams, goaltending, five-on-five, it was just the kind of game we needed."
The Saints, who got off to a slow start in Tuesday's 5-3 loss in Canton, played a much better first period in Lake Placid, but the two teams came out of the first 20 minutes scoreless thanks to solid play by both goaltenders. Clarkson's Paul Karpowich made nine first period saves while Matt Weninger had ten for the Saints, four of them on a late power play. Weninger's pad save on Clarkson goal-scoring leader Nick Tremblay with just 10 seconds left in the man-advantage kept it tied.
St. Lawrence took its first lead since a 3-2 win over Michigan Tech at 6:28 of the second period as Kyle Essery put a power play shot behind Karpowich. Justin Bruckel and Pete Child set up the goal as Essery went upper corner for his fifth goal of the season.
Clarkson came back to tie it at 15:01 when Corey Tamblyn was credited with his seventh goal of the year after a big rebound on a save by Weninger on Jake Morley's initial shot went into a tangle of players and bounced into the net. The Saints regained the lead 2:52 later when Doherty snapped a wrist shot past Karpowich as he skated down the middle on a power play. Doherty's fourth goal of the year was assisted by Jake Drewiske and Justin Baker at 17:53.
The Saints made it a 3-1 game just 54 seconds into the third period as freshman defenseman Nelson Armstrong popped the puck free along the side boards and sent it to sophomore Greg Carey, who walked in on Karpowich and backhanded his third of the season into the net. The Saints completed the scoring when freshman Chris Martin scored his sixth of the season, finishing off a two-on-one with Drewiske with a goal-mouth tap-in.
Weninger finished with 27 saves for his first career win against the Knights, while Karpowich had 23 for Clarkson, which went scoreless in five power play attempts while the Saints scored twice in seven man-up tries