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Colorado College Downs Saints, 7-3

Four goals from Colorado College in the third period proved to be the difference on Sunday night, as the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team fell to the Tigers 7-3 in the consolation game of the Ledyard Classic at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Bo Hanson, Ryan Garvey and Andrew McIntyre scored for the Saints, while Philip Alftberg, Aleksi Peltonen and Jacob Nielsen picked up assists. The point for Alftberg is his first of the season.

Colorado College was led by leading scorer Chris Wilkie, who finished with a hat trick with three goals in the final frame, including the eventual game winner.

St. Lawrence starter Francis Boisvert finished with 38 saves, while Colorado's Ryan Ruck stopped 33 as the Tigers outshot the Saints 45-36.

Hanson opened the scoring 13 seconds into the Saints' first power play opportunity of the game late in the first period. He sent a blast from the point through traffic at 17:30 for a 1-0 St. Lawrence lead with Alftberg and Peltonen assisting.

The Tigers were able to tie the game in the final minute of the frame, however, as Nick Halloran stripped the Saints' of the puck behind the net and threw a shot towards goal with the Tigers' shorthanded that deflected off a skate and snuck past Boisvert inside the far post with 24.9 seconds remaining.

Colorado College took the lead on Jack Gates' first of the season at the 5:18 mark of the middle frame and Josiah Slavin made a 3-1 game with wrister from the left circle at the 10:04 mark.

Garvey pulled the Saints back within one with his second of the season with a clean one-timer off a faceoff win from Jacob Nielsen at 13:50.

In the minutes that followed, the Saints had a number of strong shifts and consistent zone time, but Ruck game up big for the Tigers and robbed Zach Risteau with a pad save on a breakaway chance after a stretch pass from Hanson and then denied Keenan Suthers on a backhand from the edge of the blue with just under two minutes to play in the second period.

In the opening minute of the third period, the Tigers regained their two-goal lead with Wilkie's first of the night. He went down on a knee for a rip from the slot, broke his stick and sent a changeup behind Boisvert inside the far post, who had played the angle from the expected initial shot and was unable to push across in time. Wilkie added another at the 2:01 mark with a bar down shot from the right half wall to make it a 5-2 game in favor of the Tigers.

At 6:13 of the final frame, McIntyre created a turnover in the neutral zone and moved into CC territory 1-on-3 before taking a shot from just inside the blue line that beat Ruck high under the bar on the blocker side for the Saints' final goal of the night.

Just 58 seconds after McIntyre cut the deficit to two, Colorado responded with two goals in 10 seconds to push to the eventual 7-3 margin before the midway point of the final frame. Wilkie notched the hat trick at the 7:11 mark before Troy Conzo concluded the scoring at 7:21.

With the loss, the Saints drop to 3-13-3 on the season. Colorado College moves to 7-8-1 overall with the win.

Sunday's game was the final non-conference matchup of the season for St. Lawrence, as the Saints return to conference play this Friday and Saturday when they host Union and RPI at SUNY Canton. Both games are set for 7 p.m. Colorado College was led by leading scorer Chris Wilkie, who finished with a hat trick with three goals in the final frame, including the eventual game winner. St. Lawrence starter Francis Boisvert finished with 38 saves, while Colorado's Ryan Ruck stopped 33 as the Tigers outshot the Saints 45-36. Hanson opened the scoring 13 seconds into the Saints' first power play opportunity of the game late in the first period. He sent a blast from the point through traffic at 17:30 for a 1-0 St. Lawrence lead with Alftberg and Peltonen assisting. The Tigers were able to tie the game in the final minute of the frame, however, as Nick Halloran stripped the Saints' of the puck behind the net and threw a shot towards goal with the Tigers' shorthanded that deflected off a skate and snuck past Boisvert inside the far post with 24.9 seconds remaining. Colorado College took the lead on Jack Gates' first of the season at the 5:18 mark of the middle frame and Josiah Slavin made a 3-1 game with wrister from the left circle at the 10:04 mark. Garvey pulled the Saints back within one with his second of the season with a clean one-timer off a faceoff win from Jacob Nielsen at 13:50. In the minutes that followed, the Saints had a number of strong shifts and consistent zone time, but Ruck game up big for the Tigers and robbed Zach Risteau with a pad save on a breakaway chance after a stretch pass from Hanson and then denied Keenan Suthers on a backhand from the edge of the blue with just under two minutes to play in the second period. In the opening minute of the third period, the Tigers regained their two-goal lead with Wilkie's first of the night. He went down on a knee for a rip from the slot, broke his stick and sent a changeup behind Boisvert inside the far post, who had played the angle from the expected initial shot and was unable to push across in time. Wilkie added another at the 2:01 mark with a bar down shot from the right half wall to make it a 5-2 game in favor of the Tigers. At 6:13 of the final frame, McIntyre created a turnover in the neutral zone and moved into CC territory 1-on-3 before taking a shot from just inside the blue line that beat Ruck high under the bar on the blocker side for the Saints' final goal of the night. Just 58 seconds after McIntyre cut the deficit to two, Colorado responded with two goals in 10 seconds to push to the eventual 7-3 margin before the midway point of the final frame. Wilkie notched the hat trick at the 7:11 mark before Troy Conzo concluded the scoring at 7:21. With the loss, the Saints drop to 3-13-3 on the season. Colorado College moves to 7-8-1 overall with the win. Sunday's game was the final non-conference matchup of the season for St. Lawrence, as the Saints return to conference play this Friday and Saturday when they host Union and RPI at SUNY Canton. Both games are set for 7 p.m.

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