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ITHACA — Credit the St. Lawrence University hockey team with a hard-earned and much-needed point at Lynah Rink.

Matt Carey scored the tying goal while on the power play with 3 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in regulation, and Matt Weninger stopped a breakaway bid and a penalty shot, each in overtime, as the Saints battled their way to a 4-4 tie with No. 12 Cornell on Friday night in ECAC Hockey play. The tie halted St. Lawrence’s losing streak at seven games.

Jeremy Wick also scored a power-play goal for the Saints (8-12-3 overall, 2-6-3 ECAC), which also snapped their six-game skid in the conference by earning their first point overall since Nov. 29 in a 5-2 win at North Dakota.

“It’s a big point,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “We didn’t start the game well and they jumped out 2-0 quickly. I give a our guys a lot of credit, we regrouped and found a way to come back and earn the point.”

Brian Ward and Alex Dahl each scored within a span of 24 seconds in the first period for St. Lawrence, which came back from deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 to end a six-game losing skid at Cornell (9-4-5, 5-3-4).

“We showed three real positive signs tonight,” Carvel said. “Our goaltending, our penalty kill and the character that we showed being down 2-0 just five minutes into the game.”

Carey tallied the tying goal by sending a Greg Carey rebound past goalie Andy Iles (16 saves) at 17:11 of the third period.

After Weninger stopped Cole Bardreau’s breakway bid, the Big Red was awarded a penalty shot with 32.2 seconds left in overtime.

Weninger, who stopped Bardreau’s penalty-shot attempt by “smothering the puck,” finished with 29 saves. He turned aside 17 of 18 of Cornell’s shots after the first period, including nine saves in the extra session.

“He made some big saves,” Carvel said of Weninger. “He played very well tonight and that was a huge factor for us. That gave us a lot of confidence even when we were down two goals early on.”

Despite yielding the game’s first two goals, the Saints were resilient as they killed off all three Big Red power plays, marking the first time their penalty killing was perfect in nine games.

“We won the special teams battle tonight which is always huge,” Carvel said.

Wick deflected a Greg Carey shot past Iles 3:43 into the second period to tie the game at 3-3, snapping Cornell’s penalty-killing streak at 21 straight kills. Brian Ferlin scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, as he skated from behind the net and beat Weninger at 17:11.

Christian Hilbrich scored two goals for the Big Red, who extended their unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3) and have recorded a tie in four of their last six games.

Matt Carey received a major penalty for roughing and was ejected from the game and assessed game misconduct in the final minute of overtime.

nNOTES: The Saints ended their first-period drought as they scored their first goal in the opening 20 minutes for the first time in five games. ... Greg Carey extended his point streak to 18 games. ... Wick’s goal, his team-leading 12th power-play goal, came into the night standing third in the nation in man-advantage tallies. ... St. Lawrence plays at Colgate at 7 tonight.

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