HANOVER, NH - St. Lawrence Universitys big guns rose to the challenge Friday night, combining for a pile of points and a huge ECAC Mens Hockey road win over Dartmouth 4-2.
Greg Carey scored one goal and assisted on two others, Kyle Flanagan had a goal and an assist and their linemate, junior Jeremy Wick, had one of his finest nights as a Saint with two goals and an assist as the Saints defeated a ranked opponent for the first time since the opening weekend of the season with their triumph over the 12th-ranked Big Green.
The Big Green went into Fridays game in Hanover with one of the nations best home ice records at 8-1-0 overall and 5-0-0 in league play. Fridays Saint win was one of the best road wins of the season and came after the Saints had to fight off some adversity, giving up goals in the final minute of both the first and second period.
Dartmouth scored the games first goal on a strange play with just 1.4 seconds to go in the first period. The Big Green were on a power play and after Tyler Sikuras shot banged high into the air off the post, sophomore defenseman Andy Simpson gathered it in and threw it in front where it deflected past goalie Matt Weninger.
The Saints tied the game 3:48 into the second period when Wick one-timed a pass from Flanagan past Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant for his sixth of the year, but Dartmouth again scored a late one as Dustin Walsh came out of the penalty box after serving a minor and broke in on Weninger, tucking the puck between his pads at 19:10.
Flanagan tied the game 5:46 into the third as he finished off a two-on-one passing play with George Hughes, taking Hughes goalmouth pass and sliding the puck inside the near post for his 12th of the year, and Carey gave the Saints the lead for the first time just under two minutes later when he put Wicks rebound back past Grant for his 15th of the season at 7:36. Wick made it a 4-2 game at 12:50, finishing off a two-on-one with Carey with a rifle shot inside the near post for his second of the game and seventh of the year.
Weninger turned in another outstanding performance for the Saints, making 31 saves, and like the rest of the team had a big third period with 11 saves including a point-blank power play save early in the period.
The Saints, 10-10-3 on the year and 3-5-3 in league play will try to complete the weekend sweep when they play at Harvard on Saturday.
SLU 2, Dartmouth 1: Amanda Boulier scored with 4:35 left in the third period to give the Saints (14-9-2, 9-3-1) a win over Dartmouth in an ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena.
Rylee Smith scored for SLU in the first period and Reagan Fischer scored for the Big Green (12-6-3, 7-5-2) in the second.
Buffalo Club 7, SUNY Canton 4: Devyn Hutcheson and Stephanie Hyde both scored twice but the Kangaroos (3-13-1) lost to the Buffalo club team in a nonconference game in Burlington, Vt.
SUNY Canton 4, Lebanon Valley 3: Brad Wilson scored with 89 seconds left in regulation to give the Kangaroos (6-13) a win over Lebanon Valley in a nonconference contest in Canton.
Joe Casale, Jake Ranahan and Dave Schneider also scored goals for SUNY Canton.
Plattsburgh 4, SUNY Potsdam 1: The Cardinals (13-5-1, 8-1-1) used a three-goal second period to build a 4-0 lead over SUNY Potsdam in a SUNYAC game in Plattsburgh.
Dillan Fox scored twice for SUNY Plattsburgh. Nick Jensen and Michael Cassidy also scored for the Cardinals.
Dan McCamey scored for the Bears (6-12-1, 3-7).
Union 66, SLU 65 (OT): Kelsey McDonald made a jump shot in the key with nine seconds left in overtime to give Union (11-7, 6-4) a win over the Saints in a Liberty League contest in Schenectady.
Kara McDuffee sent the game to overtime for SLU (12-4, 6-1) by hitting two free throws with 56 seconds left to tie the game 59-59.
McDonald finished with 14 points to lead Union. Kristin Schmidt scored 12 points and Cailin Schmeer added 11 for Union.
McDuffee scored 17 points for the Saints. Kelly Legg scored 13 points and Allison Cady and Amanda Roberts scored 12 points for SLU.
Fredonia 75, SUNY Potsdam 57: Jaimie Warren scored 27 points and Becky Hebert tossed in 18 as the Blue Devils (9-7, 4-6) defeated SUNY Potsdam in a SUNYAC game in Fredonia.
Katy Briedis led the Bears (1-16, 0-10) with 16 points and Jessica Kouzan scored 10 for SUNY Potsdam.
Fredonia 87, SUNY Potsdam 86: Robert Lyles scored on a layup with one second left in overtime to lead the Blue Devils (6-10, 2-8) past SUNY Potsdam in a SUNYAC game in Fredonia.
Joe Estramonte made a 3-point basket for the Bears (7-10, 3-7) as time expired to tie the game 79-79 and force overtime.
Amir Billups led Fredonia with 22 points and Tyrone Clark scored 19. Dalton Kashmer tallied 15 points and Eric Zwierlein finished with 13.
Curtis Pierce led the Bears with 21 points. Josh Lambert scored 18 for SUNY Potsdam and Mark Lake Jr. added 15. Colin Peterson and Estramonte each tallied 11 points.
Union 83, SLU 62: Keven Donahue scored 28 points in 28 minutes to send Union (15-3, 7-2) past the Saints in a Liberty League game in Schenectady.
Brady Condlin paced SLU (6-10, 4-3) with 18 points and Janpeter Brase added 10 for SLU.