Empty Net Goals are the Difference in SLU Loss at Yale
Tim Makowski got his first career goal and the Saints' got their first extra-attacker goal in over a year on a third-period tally by Andrew McIntyre, but Yale scored three empty-net goals in the final 2:40 of the third period on Friday night en route to a 6-3 win over the St. Lawrence men's hockey team at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Connecticut. Both McIntyre and Jordan Steinmetz finished with a goal and an assist for St. Lawrence, while Ashton Fry picked up his first career point with an assist on the Makowski goal in the third period. Daniel Mannella, who made his first start since suffering an injury late in the third period at Clarkson on November 1, finished with 20 saves. Six different players scored for the Bulldogs on Friday night, with the first goal coming from Luke Stevens, as he put the home team in front early when he tucked the rebound from a great sliding save by Mannella just inside the post. Mannella made the initial stop on a 2-on-1, but slid beyond the pipe in the process and couldn't get back to stop Stevens before he made it a 1-0 game 3:21 into the opening frame. Less than three minutes later, Steinmetz tied the game with a quick shot from a flat angle for his second of the season. The Chippewa Falls, Wis. native jumped on a loose puck near the bottom of the left circle after Zach Risteau was stopped in front. The Saints' top line took advantage of a Yale turnover at the Bulldogs own blue line which set up Suthers for bid, then Risteau and then Steinmetz who cashed in to make it a 1-1 game. After a scoreless second, Makowski opened the scoring just over two minutes into what turned out to be an eventful final frame. Ashton Fry took a hard shot from the left wing side that was initially stopped by Yale netminder Nicholas MacNab, but slipped through the pads and Makowski was there to roof it into the empty cage for his first as a Saint to tie the game at 2-2. Curtis Hall helped the Bulldogs regain the lead, 3-2, with a tip on a shot by Bill Sweezey at the edge of the blue paint to beat Mannella high blocker at the 6:59 mark of the third. With 2:49 to play in the third and the Saints trailing 3-2, Mannella went to the bench for the extra attacker, but Yale's Tyler Welsh put one in the empty net just 29 seconds later to make it a 4-2 game. After the ensuing draw, Mannella went to the bench once again and this time it was the Saints who scored within 30 seconds pulling the goaltender. Jake Stevens blasted a shot from the right point that was deflected down by McIntyre to beat MacNab at 17:43 to pull the Saints within one. But in the final minute of play, Yale scored two more empty net goals to push to the eventual 6-3 margin and put the game out of reach. The final goal came after Steinmetz rang the pipe and a second-chance effort from Alex Gilmour went just wide in the closing seconds of the game. Yale finished with a slight 26-24 advantage in shots on goal, while both teams went 0-for-2 with the man advantage. With the loss, the Saints fall to 3-9-1 and 1-4-0 in ECAC Hockey games, while Yale improves to 2-5-0 overall, with the same mark against conference opponents. St. Lawrence travels to Brown for a 7 p.m. ECAC Hockey contest on Saturday night in Providence, R.I.