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Quinnipiac sweeps with rout of St. Lawrence


CANTON — With another Saturday loss in ECAC Hockey play, this proved to be another lost weekend for the St. Lawrence hockey team.

Jeremy Langlois scored two goals as Quinnipiac tallied the game’s first six goals en route to recording a 6-2 rout of the Saints before a crowd of 1,474 at Appleton Arena.

After 16th-ranked St. Lawrence (5-3-2, 0-2-2) was “outworked” again, team captain Kyle Flanagan didn’t offer any excuses after the team held a meeting following the game.

“We said in the locker room after the game that we have to stop learning lessons the hard way,” Flanagan said. “We can’t keep having weekends like this and keep saying that we’ll learn from them. We’ve got to adjust and we’ve really got to fix this.”

The Saints, who tied Princeton 3-3 on Friday, skated away with just a point for second consecutive weekend.

“We sat there in the room and talked as a team about how we’re going to get better,” Flanagan said. “Coach Carvel has given us more than we need in terms of preparation, but then we go out there and don’t execute — so it’s all on us right now.”

Conversely, Quinnipiac (7-3-1, 4-0-0), which defeated Clarkson 5-2 on Friday, completed its first sweep in the north country in four seasons.

“We were completely outclassed tonight,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “That’s a good hockey team over there, they’re the best we’ve played. They’re big, well-coached and have good skill. They really didn’t give us anything.”

While the Bobcats took the initiative early and went on to score two goals in each period, the Saints generated a season-low nine shots on goal. Those included only five shots through the first 40 minutes, including only two in the first period.

“You’ve got to give them credit, they outplayed us,” Flanagan said. “But nine shots aren’t going to win you a game. It was a poor effort by us in the first period, and we came out and played better in the second and third, but we can’t wait to turn it on. It’s our barn and we’ve got to play better.”

“In the first period our effort was not what it should be,” Carvel said. “They frustrated us with the way that they play.”

Despite scoring twice on the power play later in the game, the Saints’ special teams play again let the team down.

A night after scoring only one power-play goal from eight chances, St. Lawrence went scoreless on its first three man advantages while the game was still a two-goal margin and allowed a season-high three power-play goals to Quinnipiac.

“I thought our penalty kill did real well,” said Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold, whose team won against the Saints for the first time in five games. “They’ve got one of the best power plays in the country, and in the first and second period, we shut them down. That was big for us.”

The Bobcats methodically seized the advantage by scoring two goals in each period, including two scores within a span of one minute, 26 seconds in the opening period.

After Alex Barron redirected a Cory Hibbeler drive over Weninger five minutes into the game, Langlois snapped a one-timer past the goalie at 6:26.

Matt Weninger kept it a two-goal game by denying Russell Goodman’s one-timer bid in front with 3:15 left in the period.

The onslaught continued in the middle period as after Weninger made a stop on Dan Federico, Goodman tucked the puck behind the goaltender at 14:48 with five seconds remaining in a Bobcat power play.

Connor Jones followed by scoring on a rebound at 17:37 to stake Quinnipiac to a 4-0 lead.

The Bobcats boosted their lead to 6-0 on power-play goals from Langlois and Zack Currie while Gunnar Hughes was serving a five-minute penalty for boarding.

St. Lawrence showed some signs of life by breaking through with two scores later in the final period as Greg Carey scored on the power play and Flanagan followed with a tally.

The Saints will travel and spend Thanksgiving in Boston before a weekend of nonconference play at Northeastern on Friday and at Boston University on Saturday.

“As coach right now, I’m not concerned about standings,” Carvel said, “I’m concerned about our level of play. Like last weekend, I think we deserved to win Friday night, but we didn’t tonight. We’ve got to find ways to get those points.”

nNOTES: Quinnipiac had gone 0-3-1 in its past four meetings with St. Lawrence. ... The Bobcats improved to 6-10-3 all time against the Saints. ... St. Lawrence, which entered Friday allowing an average of 1.87 goals a game, allowed nine goals over the weekend. ... The Saints’ next conference game is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 against rival Clarkson.

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