CANTON - Sophomore wing Tyler Maugeri scored a pair of goals including the game-tying goal midway through the third period as Princeton University stayed unbeaten in ECAC Hockey league competition, battling to a 3-3 tie at St. Lawrence Universitys Appleton Arena Friday night.
For the 16th-ranked Saints, it was the second consecutive Friday night league tie and SLU is still looking for its first league victory at 5-2-2 overall and 0-1-2 in the ECAC. Princeton, which is starting a seven-game stretch of games on the road, is 2-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the league.
The Saints got off to a good start as senior captain Kyle Flanagan stole the puck at the Saint blue line in the opening minute of the game and headed up ice with sophomore Chris Martin on a two-on-one. Flanagan fed Martin on the left wing and Martin snapped his third of the season past Princeton goalie Mike Condon for the 1-0 lead at the 1:00 mark. SLU made it a 2-0 game on its second power play of the night as senior George Hughes blasted a laser under the crossbar from the center point for his first goal of the year with Greg Carey and Justin Baker assisting at 14:52, but Princeton got that back when Michael Sdao scored his second of the year on a Tiger power play, beating Saint goalie Matt Weninger to the far post through a screen from the center point.
Princeton tied the game on Maugeris first of the night at 16:58 of the second as he got a step on a Saint defenseman, cut to the net on and roofed a shot just under the crossbar. The Saints went back in front when Carey and sophomore Tommy Thompson broke into the Princeton zone on a two-on-one 5:26 into the third period and Carey tapped Thompsons pass into the open side of the net. It was the first career assist for Thompson in his 44th collegiate start.
Maugeri came through with the tying goal when a hit in the corner knocked the puck free from a Saint defender and Maugeri was all alone in front of Weninger, tucking the puck around him at 11:40 for his second of the game and fifth of the year.
SUNY POTSDAM DENIED
The host Brockport Golden Eagles (3-4-1, 3-2 SUNYAC) overcame a late rally by the SUNY Potsdam mens hockey team (3-3, 2-3) to down the Bears 4-3 in overtime. Potsdam junior assistant captain Mike Arnold (Didsbury, Alberta) stayed red hot with another two goals and an assist for a three-point night. Freshman goaltender Austin Keiser (Dunwoody, Ga.) had a career-best 52-save effort for Potsdam.
Brockport struck first in a tightly contested first period. After a Bear was whistled for slashing, Mike Heyward scored a power-play marker with assists from Shane Cavalieri and Jesse Facchini) at 6:44. Potsdam tested Golden Eagle goalie Aaron Green 12 times in the opening 20 minutes, but trailed 1-0 heading into the break.
Brockport dominated in possession and shots in the second period. The Golden Eagles outshot the Bears 24-4 and extended their lead to 2-0. Steve Sachman connected with Marcus Farmer and Bobby Conner at 13:50. Despite only creating a few scoring chances in the middle stanza, Potsdam was able to cut into the deficit. At 17:26, sophomore forward Trevor Cope (Swartz Creek, Mich) fed Arnold to finish a two-on-one and make it a 2-1 contest.
The score remained unchanged until midway through the third period. At 10:21, Sachman notched his second of the night with an assist from Hayward and Brockport restored its two-goal advantage. Just two minutes later, Arnold wristed a shot from the slot past Green to cut the gap to 3-2.
Sophomore defenseman Erick Ware (Huntsville, Ala.) recorded the lone assist on the play. At 14:13, junior forward Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario) buried the equalizer with assists from Cope and Arnold.
The Golden Eagles outshot Potsdam 4-0 through the first four minutes of overtime, but it was the fifth shot at 4:01 that decided the contest.
Cavalieri finished a pass from Chad Cummings and James Ryan to give Brockport its third win of the season.
Green made 22 saves for the victory. The Golden Eagles finished with a
56-25 advantage in shots and went 1-4 on the power play. Potsdam was 0-1 on the man advantage.
The Bears head to Geneseo tomorrow night to face the Ice Knights at 7 p.m.
SUNY Canton 3, Franklin Pierce 1: In Winchendon, Mass, the Kangaroos bounced back from an early deficit to come away with the win.
FP opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 11:12 mark from Anthony Chighisola but Canton pulled even four minutes later on a power play goal by Nils Semjonovs that was assisted by Greg Kmiotek.
The Kangaroos (3-3-0) went on to generate a pair of unanswered goals in the second period with John Payne notching the eventual game-winner at the 11:24 mark assisted by Vance Bridgman and Corey Frizell. Bridgman tallied the insurance goal two minutes later on the power play assisted by Cory Giczewski and Frizell.
Morgan Barr had 34 saves working the crease for the win while Pat Dunn stopped 25 shots for FP (2-2-0).
The two teams square off again in Winchendon today starting at 3 p.m.