HAMDEN, CT - The St. Lawrence Universitys mens hockey team had a chance to make something happen in its Friday night ECAC matchup at number-one ranked Quinnipiac and it did, handing the Bobcats their first loss in 20 games and delaying the presentation of the Cleary Cup for at least one more night.
Junior wing Greg Carey scored a pair of goals and goaltender Matt Weninger and the Saint defense shut down Quinnipiacs offense in a furious third period as the Saints upended the Bobcats 2-1 at a sold-out TD Bank North Center.
Carey scored the eventual game winner 2:30 into the third period, his second of the night and 22nd of the season, snapping Quinnipiacs 19-game unbeaten streak and handing the Bobcats their first league loss of the year. The Saints, 6-1-3 in their last 10 improve to 14-11-4 overall and 7-6-4 while Quinnipiac is 21-4-4 overall and 14-1-2 in league play. The game was the first meeting for the Saints with a team ranked number one nationally since 1996, and like the previous one, a 2-0 Appleton Arena win over Boston University, the Saints came away a winner.
A big part of the win was Weninger, who improved to 3-1-0 in his career against the Bobcats and improved on a 2.96 goals against average. The Saint junior continued to shine in Quinnipiacs TD Bank North Arena as he has allowed just one goal in two games in the building and stopped 64 of 65 shots with a 1-0 overtime win last season and this years 2-1 win. He needed some huge saves among 17 in the third period as Quinnipiac pressed to tie the game and had a pair of power play opportunities. The Saint defense chipped in with eight blocked shots in the third period as Quinnipiac attempted 30 shots in the final 20 minutes.
Carey, who has now scored goals in eight straight games, gave the Saints the early lead as he took a pass from the sideboards by Jeremy Wick and was all alone in front of Quinnipiac goaltender Eric Hartzell. Carey went upper corner over Hartzells shoulder for his 21st of the season with Kyle Flanagan also assisting at 4:37.
Qunnipiac dodged a bullet in the first period when it was able to kill off a major power play, and the Bobcats came back to tie at 13:47 of the first when Jordan Samuels-Thomas got a step on a Saint defender and walked in on Weninger, putting the puck past his diving effort at a stop from point blank range.
The second period was scoreless and close to the vest as the two teams managed just 11 shots on goal between them despite a spate of penalties.
Carey snapped the 1-1 tie with his second of the night, recording his fourth game winner of the year and tenth of his career as freshman Sean McGovern chipped the puck away from a Quinnipiac defender and it went to Carey, who walked out of the corner and again went high on Hartzell for the goal at the 2:30 mark.
That lead held the rest of the way despite Quinnipiacs determined efforts to pull even. The Bobcats pulled Hartzell for an extra attacker with 1:43 to go, but the few shots they could get past sliding Saint defenders were turned away by Weninger.
SUNY Oswego 10, SUNY Potsdam 0: The Lakers (21-3, 14-1) scored seven goals in the first period and clinched the SUNYAC regular-season title with a win over SUNY Potsdam (8-15-1, 5-10) at the Massena Arena.
Luke Moodie and Zach Josepher each scored twice for the Lakers. Jon Whitelaw had one goal with three assists and David Titanic and Bobby Gertsakis each had one goal with two assists.
Chris Brown, Tyler Leimbrock and Matt Singleton also scored.
Mercyhusrt (Club) 3, SUNY Canton 1: George Curry scored the only goal for the Kangaroos (7-15) in a loss to Mercyhursts club team in Canton.
SLU 1, Quinnipiac (OT): Kelly Sabatine scored in the second period to give the Saints (16-11-4, 11-5-3) a tie with Quinnipiac in an ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena.
Amanda Colin scored in the first period for the Bobcats (17-9-4, 11-5-3).
Hobart 74, Clarkson 66: Stefan Thompson scored 22 points and Richie Bonney added 11 points and 10 rebounds as Hobart (18-6, 14-1) knocked off the Golden Knights in a Liberty League game in Geneva.
Joe Gibbons scored 16 points and Trey Blanding added 10 for the Statesmen.
Marques Charlton and John Coleman each scored 17 points for Clarkson (16-8, 8-7). Felix Abongo scored 15 points and Jerry Coleman added 13.
RIT 73, SLU 60: The Tigers (9-15, 5-10) trailed 30-23 at halftime but scored 50 points in the second half to defeat SLU in a Liberty League game in Rochester.
Eric Travis scored 17 points and J.P. Reagan and Jameel Balenton both scored 13 for RIT. Mike DAmico added 11.
Kyle Miller led the Saints (9-15, 7-8) with 14 points. Janpeter Brase scored 13 and Marty Lewis added 11.
SUNY Oswego 76, SUNY Potsdam 65: Hayden Ward scored 21 points and snagged 12 rebounds to send SUNY Oswego (18-6, 11-6) past the Bears in a SUNYAC game in Potsdam.
Sean Michele scored 16 points, Alex Mirabito 14 and Chris Gilkes 12 for the Lakers.
Curtis Pierce led SUNY Potsdam (9-15, 5-12) with 18 points. Mark Lake Jr. scored 11 points and Zac Adams added 10 for the Bears.
RIT 73, SLU 65: Courtney Tennant scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Tigers (11-13, 7-8) past SLU in a Liberty League contest in Rochester.
Jess Kramer scored 18 points and Leslie Havens added 12 for the Tigers.
Kara McDuffee paced SLU (17-7, 11-4) with 17 points and nine rebounds. Cassie St. Hilaire and Hannah Wilson both scored 13 points and Allison Cady added 12 for SLU.
William Smith 60, Clarkson 48: Chloe Hayter scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Hurons (15-9, 9-6) past Clarkson in a Liberty League game in Geneva.
Sasha Borenstein scored 15 points for William Smith. Leighann Tomita led Clarkson (4-19, 2-13) with 15 points and Ashley Loggins added 13.
SUNY Oswego 70, SUNY Potsdam 47: Paula Egelston scored 14 points to lead SUNY Oswego (17-7, 11-6) past the Bears in a SUNYAC game in Potsdam.
Jenn Robbins scored 13 points and Lauren Nunziato added 11 for the Lakers. Katy Briedis scored 16 points for the Bears (1-23, 0-17).