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Garvey Notches Hat Trick, But Union Nips Saints in OT

Senior captain Ryan Garvey recorded his first career hat trick on Friday night against Union, but it wasn't enough, as the Dutchmen battled back from a 3-1 deficit to upend the St. Lawrence men's hockey team 5-4 in overtime in ECAC Hockey action at SUNY Canton. Two of Garvey's goals came on the power play, including his third at 14:33 of the third period, which, at the time, put the Saints in front, 4-3. Union's Christian Sanda answered just one minute and 26 seconds later to tie the game and force overtime. Each team had a power play chance in the extra frame, but it was the Dutchmen who cashed in, as Chaz Smedsrud beat Saints' starting netminder Daniel Mannella for the game-winning power play goal at the 3:09 mark to give Union the win. In addition to Garvey's three goals, Jordan Steinmetz tallied a goal and an assist, while Dylan Woolf also recorded a multi-point game with a pair of assists against the Dutchmen. Eight Saints finished with points in the loss. St. Lawrence took a 1-0 lead with Garvey's first of the night, when he put back the rebound from a shot by Bo Hanson from the half wall at 14:04 of the opening frame. Forty-seven seconds into the second period, Josh Kosack tied things up for Union, but the Saints responded quickly with Steinmetz's fourth of the season. The play started with Andrew McIntyre chipping the puck out of the defensive zone to leading scorer Zach Risteau on the Union blue line. Risteau moved in one-on-two, but dropped a pass for rookie defenseman Tim Makowski, who then hit Steinmetz on the left-wing side for a one timer and 2-1 St. Lawrence lead 2:01 into the middle frame. Garvey made it 3-1 Saints with a power play goal with 48.6 seconds to play in the second when he deflected a shot from the point by Jake Stevens. Union took over the pace of play in the final 20 minutes of regulation despite taking three penalties and outshot St. Lawrence 17-7. At the 3:33 mark of the third, Ryan Sidorski cut the deficit to 3-2 with his first of the season and Sanda tied the game just 1:29 later with his first of two on the night. For the hat trick, Garvey put back a rebound on the doorstep yet again, as Dylan Woolf's blast from the point was initially saved by Union's Darion Hanson, but the Oakville, Ontario native was there to tuck it home short side for a 4-3 lead. With the game tied, St. Lawrence was given a power play opportunity with 42.8 seconds to play in regulation, but was unable to convert. Seconds after Union killed it off, Garvey was sent to the box for the Saints, setting up the eventual game-winning power play for the Dutchmen. Union finished 1-for-3 with the man advantage, while St. Lawrence went 2-for-4. It is the first time the Saints have lost a game when leading after two periods this season. Union finished with a 35-26 advantage in shots on goal, as Mannella finished with 30 saves, including 14 in the third period. Hanson made 22 stops for the Dutchmen. With the loss, the Saints fall to 3-14-3 overall on the season and 1-7-0 in ECAC Hockey action. Union improves to 6-13-1, with a 4-5-0 mark against conference opponents. St. Lawrence will return to SUNY Canton for an ECAC Hockey matchup with Rensselaer on Saturday, January 4 at 7 p.m.

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