CANTON — Jeremy Wick didn't score a goal for St. Lawrence in its exhibition hockey game with Carleton on Saturday at Appleton Arena.
He didn't record a point either, but everyone felt his presence in St. Lawrence's 5-1 triumph.
"He's a man," St. Lawrence associate head coach Bob Prier said. "He's already a man. A guy like Jeremy Wick is able to change the complexion of the game and he's a freshman. But he goes out and guys bounce off him and he wins every battle and finishes all his checks."
Wick consistently checked Carleton players hard to the board, forcing turnovers and scoring opportunities for the other St. Lawrence players on the ice.
"I think he's going to have a great season," said Max Mobley, who had a goal and an assist against Carleton. "I love watching that whole line — him, (Kyle) Essery and (Nic) Vangog."
Wick said fans can expect that type of physical play from him all season and that he's happy to be on the ice as a freshman.
"I'm just trying to go out there and play my role, throw my body around when I get a chance and put the puck to the net," he said. "I like the physical aspect of the game. When I see other guys hit other linesmen it gets me all fired up."
Wick wasn't the only highlight of St. Lawrence's exhibition, which the coaching staff used as an evaluation game for some of the roster questions. Prier, acting for head coach Joe Marsh, who had to attend a family function, opted to rest several returners, including Kyle Flanagan, Aaron Bogosian, George Hughes and goalie Robby Moss.
Canton native junior Joe Spadaccini played the first two periods in net in an effort to show the coaches he can handle the starting goalie job. He stopped 13 shots and didn't give up a goal in front of his hometown crowd.
"He was sensational," Prier said. "The kid has worked so hard over the last two years and he just had a fantastic game."
Spadaccini made eight crucial saves in the first period while St. Lawrence built a two-goal lead with scores from Mobley and Rick Carden.
Spadaccini added five saves in the second period as the Saints tacked on two more goals to take full control of the game. Sean Flanagan, another Canton native, and Matt Dyer scored in the second.
"I was a bit nervous to start," Spadaccini said. "It was exciting. It's my first shot and let's (the staff) know that I'm ready to play and I want to play."
Spadaccini came to St. Lawrence two years ago as a walk on and has yet to play in a regular season game. Last season, he was the fourth goalie on the roster behind Alex Petizian, Kain Tisi and Moss. This year, the position is up for grabs, according to Marsh.
"I felt comfortable and pretty confident out there," Spadaccini said of his efforts. "It was a great night."
Freshman Matt Weninger took over in the third period, and Jordan Dewey gave St. Lawrence a 5-0 edge before Carleton scored with 25 seconds left in the game.
The incoming class, which is touted for its depth and scoring potential, accounted for only two points and no goals. Still, their play pleased the veterans and coaching staff alike.
"With (Greg) Carey, you can just tell. The kid loves to shoot," senior captain Sean Flanagan said. "Wick was unbelievable. He was hitting guys everywhere. He was awesome to watch. That line played great. Vangog, Essery and Wick was unreal."
■ NOTES: Bobby Torney left the game with a non-serious knee injury. He is expected to miss at least one week with a sprained AC joint. The Saints start the regular season on the road at Minnesota State on Friday.