Dartmouth Downs Skating Saints, Ladies Win
Keenan Suthers scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season and David Jankowski notched his first of the second half for the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team, but two quick tallies in the second period for visiting Dartmouth helped the Big Green take the lead en route to a 5-2 win over the Saints on Friday night at Appleton Arena. In addition to Suthers and Jankowski, Bo Hanson led St. Lawrence with a pair of assists, while Aleksi Peltonen and Philip Alftberg finished with a point apiece. Dartmouth outshot St. Lawrence 39-18 on the night and held the Saints to a combined five shots in the first and third periods. Despite giving up two goals in the frame, the second period was the strongest of the night for the Scarlet and Brown, as they held a 13-8 advantage in shots on goal in that frame. Brendan Demler opened the scoring for Dartmouth with a shot from the right circle that snuck inside the near post behind St. Lawrence starter Francis Boisvert at 3:27 of the first period. Just over five minutes later, Hanson pinched from the blue line and won a battle on the half wall before dishing to Peltonen low on the circle. The Helsinki, Finland native then hit Suthers in the slot for a wrister that beat Dartmouth's Adrian Clark on the glove side for his second goal in as many games to tie the game at 1-1. Past the midway point of the second period, Jankowski gave the Saints their first lead of the game with a power-play goal at 13:23. Alftberg and Hanson went point-to-point and then set up Jankowski for a snap shot over Clark's right shoulder and into the top of the net to give the Saints a 2-1 lead. The lead was short-lived, however, as Dartmouth scored two goals exactly one minute apart to take a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. Drew O'Connor tied the game with his first of two on the night at the 15:05 mark and Tanner Palocsik scored the eventual game winner at 16:05. Palocsik's tally also signaled the end of the night for Boisvert, who was relieved by senior Daniel Mannella. Boisvert allowed three goals and finished with 23 saves in just over 36 minutes of play, while Mannella stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced in 22 minutes and 32 seconds in goal. O'Connor's second of the night at 12:33 of the third made it 4-2 and, after the Saints pulled Mannella with 1:42 to play, Will Graber tacked on an empty-net goal with 19 seconds to play in regulation to push to the 5-2 margin. The Saints finished 1-for-5 with the man advantage on Friday night, while Dartmouth went 0-for-4. With the loss, St. Lawrence is now 3-24-4 on the year with a 1-17-1 mark in ECAC Hockey contests. Dartmouth improves to 12-10-4 and 9-8-2 against conference opponents. St. Lawrence will play its final game in Appleton Arena on Saturday, February 21 against No. 20 Harvard, with puck drop set for 7 p.m. The Saints will recognize the five members of the Class of 2020 in a pregame on-ice ceremony.
SLU LADIES WIN; SEEDED 8TH FOR PLAYOFFS
Shailynn Snow scored a goal and added an assist to help the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team build a 3-0 lead through two periods, and the Saints were able to outlast Dartmouth for a 3-2 win in an ECAC Hockey contest at Thompson Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Friday night. Lotti Odnoga and Currie Putrah scored third period goals for the Big Green, who outshot St. Lawrence 21-4 in the final frame. With Colgate's win over Union, St. Lawrence is now locked into the No. 8 seed in the ECAC Hockey tournament and will face top-seeded Cornell next weekend in Ithaca. While the Saints, now 13-13-7 overall and 8-9-4 in ECAC Hockey, could move into a tie for seventh with Quinnipiac tomorrow, Quinnipiac holds the tiebreaker with more conference wins. Dartmouth fell to 7-18-3, 4-14-3. "Wild finish for us tonight," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "The clock ran out right on time. Dartmouth really came on in the third after we played a very solid two periods before that. It's tough to win on the road in this league and we are happy to head to Harvard with a win tonight." Snow scored the first goal of the game halfway through the first period, one-timing a feed from Julia Gosling from behind the net through Dartmouth goaltender Kayla Wormsbecher's pads for her sixth goal of the season. Charlea Pedersen increased the lead to 2-0 five minutes into the second period. Skylar Podvey started the play with a hard slap shot from the point that Wormsbecher saved. Dakota Golde followed with two more shots from just outside the crease which the Dartmouth goaltender saved. The puck squirted over to the left side of the net, and Brittney Gout tipped it back across the crease and Pedersen was able to put the puck away for her second goal in as many games. Kalie Grant scored a power play goal less than two minutes later, redirecting a feed from Snow right in front of the crease to also score a goal in consecutive games for the Saints. Podvey also picked up an assist on the play. While St. Lawrence held a 28-17 lead in shots on goal in the first two periods, the third period was all Dartmouth. Odnoga cut the lead to two with a power play goal just three minutes into the period, wiring a wrist shot from the top of the left circle through a screen into the top right corner of the net. Putrah cut the lead to one just three minutes later, curling around from behind the net and sending a backhand between St. Lawrence goaltender Lucy Morgan's pads and the short side post. Morgan, however, withstood the onslaught, stopped 19 shots to preserve the victory. Jaimie Rainville picked up the win for the Saints, stopping 10 shots in the first period, while Caitlin Whitehead made seven saves in the second period. Wormsbecher made 29 saves for the Big Green. The Saints will close out the regular season on Saturday at Bright-Landry Hockey Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Attachments area