NEW HAVEN, Conn. As far as league openers go, coach Greg Carvel was pleased with the point earned by the St. Lawrence hockey team on Friday night against Yale.
Goalie Matt Weninger made 34 saves as the Saints played to a 3-3 tie with the reigning national-champion Bulldogs on Friday night at Ingalls Rink in the ECAC Hockey for opener both teams.
I think tonights game was a real measuring stick for us, Carvel said. We played a good team on the road and I thought our younger players handled themselves very well. ... Im very happy with our play.
Senior Greg Carey tallied a goal and an assist to pace St. Lawrence (4-2-1, 0-1-1), which squandered a two-goal lead it had built in the second period, but when on to skate to its first draw of the season.
Carey also had a prime opportunity in overtime, but his shot went wide of Yale goalie Alex Lyon.
Jesse Root totaled a goal and an assist to pace the Bulldogs (1-1-1, 0-1-1).
After Woody Hudson opened the scoring for the Saints with a goal 5:30 into the game, Carey followed with his goal at 15:52 of the first period as he stole the puck and scored unassisted to provide the Saints with a 2-0 lead.
Yale drew within a goal on Roots tally with 2:02 remaining in the period, but the Saints built a 3-1 advantage as Matt Carey set up defenseman Justin Bakers power-play goal 4:37 into the second period.
Baker beat Lyon with a one-timer, with Greg Carey also assisting on the goal.
I think this was a real good hockey game between two teams who are playing at a good level, Carvel said. I thought our team played really well outside of the second half of the second period when Yale really took it to us. But our team responded in the third and played a real solid period and I thought we out chanced them the rest of the way.
Yale then followed with two goals to cap both the second period and the scoring.
The Bulldogs got one back at 8:03, just five seconds after a successful Saint power play kill as Anthony Day snapped a shot past Weninger.
Rob OGara got Yale even at 3-3 with a power-play goal, with Root assisting, at 19:59 of the period.
Both teams had their chances in the third period and overtime with each team totaling 11 saves over this stretch.
Lyon finished with 29 saves as Yale became the first team to outshoot the Saints thus far this season.
St. Lawrence continues its road trip and will play at Brown, which reached last years ECAC Hockey tournament final, at 7 tonight.