Third period special teams leads Maine past Saints men's hockey
Visiting Maine scored three goals in a span of just over three minutes in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie en route to a 5-2 win over the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team in non-conference action the Roos House Ice Arena at SUNY Canton on Friday night.
Zach Risteau led St. Lawrence with a goal and an assist for his sixth multi-point game of the season and tied his point total from his rookie season as he now has a team-best 18 in 15 games played. Bo Hanson scored his second goal of the season late in regulation, while Jake Stevens, Jordan Steinmetz and Aleksi Peltonen each finished with an assist on the night.Penalty trouble came back to haunt the Saints once again, as two of the Black Bears' four goals in the final 20 minutes were power play tallies, including the eventual game winner from Adam Dawe. The visitors sealed the win with an empty net goal from Ryan Smith with 21 seconds to play.
Maine finished 2-for-6 with the man advantage and also opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal from Smith at 16:32 of the middle frame, as he lifted a shot over the right shoulder of the Saints' starting netminder Emil Zetterquist after splitting the Saints' defense.
Smith's goal came two minutes into a five-minute power play opportunity for St. Lawrence after Eduards Tralmaks was given a major for kneeing for a play on Hanson in the neutral zone.
Less than two minutes later, Risteau pulled the Saints even with his seventh goal of the season as he finished off a tic-tac-toe play with Peltonen and Steinmetz with a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle that snuck under the arm of Maine netminder Jeremy Swayman.
Ben Poisson put Maine in front for good with a blast from the right point with the team's skating four aside at 6:22 of the final frame. Dawe and Tralmaks followed with power play goals at 7:41 and 9:41, respectively, to push the Black Bears lead to 4-1.
At 17:51 of the third, Hanson cut the deficit to 4-2 as a he snuck deep into the zone on the weak side and beat Swayman just inside the post with a wrister from the circle.
Head Coach Brent Brekke called a timeout after the goal and the Saints pulled Zetterquist after the ensuing faceoff, but Maine connected for an empty net goal to push to the final 5-2 margin.
Zetterquist finished with 29 saves for St. Lawrence in the loss, while Swayman stopped 28 for the Black Bears.
With the loss, the Saints fall to 3-11-1 on the year and have now lost the last five. Maine improves to 8-5-2.
The rematch between the two teams is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday night at SUNY Canton.