Brown Spoils SLU Appleton Arena Homecoming
Friday night's Appleton Arena Homecoming was bittersweet for the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team. The Saints played their first game in their storied home in 334 days, but Brown scored two goals in the third period, including an empty-net tally with 15 seconds to play, en route to a 2-0 shutout win over the Scarlet and Brown. First-year netminder Francis Boisvert got the nod in between the pipes for St. Lawrence and finished with 29 saves, including 12 through the first 20 minutes. The Saints almost jumped out to 1-0 lead in the opening second of the game when a backhand attempt from Kaden Pickering, who made his first appearance in the lineup in the second half, hit the inside of the post behind Brown's Gavin Nieto and skipped out into the slot. Things stayed scoreless for over 53 minutes before Brown finally broke through with a power-play goal from Brent Beaudoin at 13:11 of the final frame, as he finished off a rebound from the top of the crease with Michael Maloney and Zach Giuttari assisting on the play. Maloney led the Bears with two points on the night, scoring the empty-net goal for the Bears in the closing seconds of regulation to seal the win. With 1:56, Brown's James Crossman was sent off for a high stick, setting up a 6-on-4 power-play chance for St. Lawrence, as head coach Brent Brekke brought Boisvert to the bench for the extra attacker. The Saints had five shots on goal during that power play, but Nieto shut the door to hang on for the clean sheet. He finished with 25 saves for the Bears. Brown went 1-for-4 with the man advantage, while the Saints went 0-for-2. Rookie Jordan Steinmetz led St. Lawrence with five shots on goal and Jake Stevens finished with four. Junior defenseman Philip Alftberg led the team with a game-high four blocked shots. With the loss, the Saints fall to 3-20-3 on the season and 1-13-0 in ECAC Hockey. Brown improves to 5-15-0 and 5-8-0 in conference games. St. Lawrence will return to Appleton Arena on Saturday, February 1 for a 7 p.m. game against Yale.