ROCHESTER St. Lawrence Universitys mens hockey team scored three times on the power play and went on to outlast Rochester Institute of Technology, 5-3, on Friday in a nonconference game at the Frank L. Ritter Memorial Arena.
The Saints (7-4-2) killed four of six RIT power plays en route to the victory in the first of the two-game set. The teams meet again tonight.
We played solidly, St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. It was kind of a sloppy game and special teams played a big part. I thought as the game went on, we got stronger and stronger against a scrappy team which has enough talent to keep you honest.
Fridays game did not start exactly the way the Saints had in mind as Tiger freshman Todd Skirving scored on an unassisted breakaway just 58 seconds into the game, but the Saints battled back to tie it with a power-play goal by Jeremy Wick at 7 minutes, 34 seconds. Wick muscled the puck past RIT goalie Jordan Ruby after an initial shot by center Matt Carey. Justin Baker also assisted on the play.
The Saints grabbed the lead on their second power-play chance of the game. Pat Doherty and Brian Ward broke down the middle with Doherty dishing to Ward, whose shot that whistled past Ruby at 1:09.
The Saints power play continued to cook in the second period. Ward gave the Saints a 2-1 lead on their second man-advantage of the game, finishing off a two-man rush with Doherty with a snap shot to the upper corner from the right faceoff circle just 1:09 into the period.
I thought our power play was really good, we scored on three of six chances, Carvel said. But conversely, our penalty kill wasnt good enough.
Tyler Parks improved to 2-0 in starts for the Saints, making 22 saves. Ruby made 20 stops.
Tyler Parks was solid for us and he came up with a couple big saves, Carvel said.
RIT came back to tie again when Greg Noyes scored his second of the year on a Tiger power play at 9:50.
The Saints made it three-for-three on the power play at 12:50 when Gavin Bayreuther wristed his fourth of the year on a five-on-three from Greg Carey and Baker at 12:50.
The Saints added to their lead early in the third period. Doherty finished off a give-and-go with Pat Raley, tucking the puck past Ruby on Raleys return pass for his fifth of the year 1:12 into the final period.
Trevor Hills, son of RIT associate head coach Brian Hills and making his first collegiate appearance, set up the fifth Saints goal when he hit a RIT player on the sideboards to knock the puck free and then fed Alex Dahl right in front with Dahl scoring his first collegiate goal on the redirection at 8:18.
RIT (1-7-2) converted again on the power play when Dan Schuler directed the puck into the net off his skate at 18:49 to close the scoring.