2 Empty Net Goals Lift Saints In Wild Finish
The St. Lawrence University men's hockey team survived a wild finish to defeat No. 12/13 Quinnipiac 4-2 in an ECAC Hockey contest at Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena in Hamden, Connecticut, on Sunday afternoon.
Jordan Steinmetz and Greg Lapointe scored goals in the first period to give the Saints a 2-0 lead, and Ashton Fry and Justin Paul both added empty-net tallies in the final two minutes of play for St. Lawrence, answering a pair of extra attacker goals by the Bobcats. Emil Zetterquist had another solid performance in goal for the Saints, stopping 37 shots for his first win of the season.
"I'm proud of the effort from our guys," said Charles W. Appleton II Head Men's Hockey Coach Brent Brekke. "Quinnipiac is a talented hockey team and the kept coming. We weathered the storm late in the third period and grew as a team tonight."
With St. Lawrence leading 2-0 late in the third period, Quinnipiac pulled goaltender Keith Petruzzelli for a 6-on-4 skater advantage after the Saints took a penalty with 4:53 to play.
Zetterquist made three saves and the Bobcats hit the post once before they were finally able to get on the scoreboard, as Odeen Tufto scored on a shot from the high slot to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Bobcats cut the lead to 3-2 with another extra attacker goal, a wrist shot by Zach Metsa from the left faceoff circle into the top right corner of the net, with just 1:04 to play.
But the Saints once again responded, as Paul scored on a 180-foot shot 23.1 seconds later. He flipped the puck out of the Saints' own end and watched as it trickled over the goal line and was then mobbed by his teammates who celebrated the first-year's first career goal. David Jankowski earned an assist on the play.
For the second straight game, the Saints took an early 1-0 lead, with Steinmetz kick-starting St. Lawrence at the 1:13 mark. Steinmetz took a shot from the left side that deflected off a Quinnipiac defender's skate and through Bobcat goaltender Keith Petruzzelli's legs for his first of the season, with Aleksi Peltonen earning the primary assist, and Tucker McIntosh earning the secondary assist in his first collegiate game.
Lapointe gave the Saints a 2-0 lead with a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot into the top left corner for his second goal of the season at the 12:20 mark of the first, with Cameron Buhl and Tim Makowski earning assists on the play.
The Saints were held scoreless in five power play opportunities, while Quinnipiac was 1-for-5. In the two-game series, St. Lawrence held the Bobcats (6-3-1, 0-1-1 ECAC Hockey), who had converted on 29.8% of their power play chances through eight games this season, to one power play goal on 10 opportunities.
The win is the Saints' first over Quinnipiac since the first game of an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series at Appleton Arena on March 20, 2017, and the first for St. Lawrence in Hamden since February 8, 2014.
St. Lawrence, now 1-0-1 overall and in league play, will face Colgate in a three-game series this week. The Saints go on the road to face the Raiders on Thursday, then host Colgate for back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.