HANOVER, N.H. – The St. Lawrence men’s hockey team came into Thompson Arena on Saturday night and threw everything it had at Dartmouth, eventually earning the 8-5 ECAC Hockey victory.
A wild affair from the drop of the puck, the contest featured 13 goals, two game misconducts, four power-play tallies, a shorthanded breakaway marker and an empty-netter to seal the win with the goalie still on the ice.
At the end of it, the Big Green were handed another tough defeat, dropping to 0-6-0 on the young season and 0-4-0 in league games. The Saints, one of the most talented and offensively gifted teams in ECAC Hockey, improved to 6-2-2 overall and 2-0-2 in conference matchups.
Patrick Doherty (2g/2a) and Greg Carey (1g/3a) each finished with four points on the night for the visiting Saints, while Gunnar Hughes and Matt Carey both netted a pair of goals. Brett Patterson (1g/1a) and Ryan Bullock (2a) posted multi-point efforts for the home team.
After the first misconduct of the night, the potent Dartmouth power-play unit capitalized twice with Andy Simpson and Josh Hartley scoring from the left point. In between the blasts, Hanover native Doherty intercepted a pass at the blueline and scored on a shorthanded breakaway.
For Hartley, the power-play goal was his first in a Green and White sweater. He now has three points in his first three games after picking up an assist in each of his previous two appearances in the lineup.
The game was knotted at two after the first period before the Saints exploded for three in the middle frame, taking the lead for the first time all night, never to relinquish it again despite a fevered comeback bid by Dartmouth in the third.
Patterson scored the lone Big Green goal in the second, finishing off a 2-on-1 with a beautiful wrist shot and helping Troy Crema earn his first career assist.
Charlie Mosey and Eric Neiley netted goals in the third period just 2:26 seconds apart to give the Green some life in late stages of the third, only to see an empty-net marker with 1:42 remaining seal the 8-5 St. Lawrence victory. For Neiley, the goal was his team-leading fifth of the year in just six contests.
Charles Grant got the nod in the Dartmouth crease for the second straight night, stopping 21 shots in the loss. Grant was skating to the bench for the extra attacker when Greg Carey corralled the puck at his own blueline and fired it into the open net at the other end with the Dartmouth netminder just feet from the bench door.
At the other end of the ice, Matt Weninger turned aside 27 shots in helping SLU to its second straight win at Thompson Arena in the last two seasons.
Both teams were 2-for-5 on the power play in the game and shots read 32-29 in favor of the Green and White.
Dartmouth will head to Princeton and Quinnipiac next weekend for Friday and Saturday night league tilts.