BOSTON — The St. Lawrence University men’s hockey team put together a late rally Saturday against Harvard University, but failed to overcome a three-goal deficit in a 4-3 defeat, leaving Bright Hockey Center as the No. 11 seed in the ECAC Hockey Tournament.
Harvard (9-19-1 overall, 7-14-1 league) will be the No. 10 seed in the conference postseason tournament. The Saints (10-19-5, 6-15-1) will play at No. 6 Princeton in a first round series next weekend, according to SLU. Princeton defeated St. Lawrence twice this year, by 5-1 and 5-3.
St. Lawrence scored the lone goal of the first period at 3 minutes, 34 seconds, when junior Pete Child tallied his fifth goal of the campaign. The South Burlington, Vt., native hammered a slap shot past Harvard goalie Ryan Carroll on the power play to put the Saints on top 1-0, with assists to senior Jared Keller and rookie Pat Raley.
Saints goalie David Grilk turned in 13 saves in the first period of his first collegiate start to keep the Crimson off the scoreboard. However, turnovers in the defensive end would cost the Saints late in the second period, as the Crimson scored back-to-back goals only 21 seconds apart to take a 2-1 cushion.
Michael Biega got the Crimson started as he stole the puck in the offensive zone and sent a hard shot just wide of Grilk. However, the rebound came back off the end boards right to Conor Morrison, who punched in the rebound to even the score at 1-1. Then, at 16:01, David Valek stole the puck behind the Saints net and found Michael Del Mauro in front to put the home team on top 2-1 after two periods.
The Crimson, which held a 16-7 advantage in shots in the second period, would push its lead to 4-1 early in the third period. A turnover behind the St. Lawrence goal turned into easy goal for Marshall Everson only 12 seconds into the third to give Harvard a 3-1 lead. Biega then converted a two-on-one try at 3:57 with a one-timer for a 4-1 lead.
St. Lawrence put together a late rally to get back to within striking distance thanks to consecutive goals by senior Aaron Bogosian and freshman Greg Carey. After Bogosian’s goal, Carey scored at 17:05 of the third period on a power play goal, his 18th of the season.
Though St. Lawrence would pull goalie Joe Spadaccini, who replaced Grilk after the fourth Harvard goal, the Saints couldn’t get the equalizer.
Carroll made 32 saves to get the win, while Grilk made 30 stops.
Game 1 of the Saints’ best-of-three series against Princeton is scheduled for Friday. Game 2 is Saturday and Game 3, if necessary, is Sunday.