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RPI Drops Skating Saints In Opener

TROY - The St. Lawrence University men's hockey team opened its ECAC Hockey schedule with a 6-2 loss at Rensselaer on Friday night in Troy, New York.

Zach Risteau scored his fourth of the season for his team-leading 11th point for St. Lawrence, while Ted McGeen notched his first of the year with a late third period tally to conclude the scoring. Jacob Nielsen also picked up his first point of the season with an assist on McGeen's goal.

RPI led 3-0 after the first period, with Patrick Polino getting the home team on the board at 6:08 of the opening frame when he buried a rebound at the edge of the crease to beat St. Lawrence starter Francis Boisvert.

Will Reilly tacked on a power play goal at the 11-minute mark, just 14 seconds into RPI's first man advantage opportunity of the night and Jake Marrello added the eventual game-winning goal at 18:45.

Risteau got the Saints on the board and cut the deficit to 3-1 with a power play goal of his own at 3:33 of the middle frame. The Lakeville, Minnesota native spun out of pressure on the half wall and took a wrister from the edge of the circle that deflected off an RPI defender who had gone down on a knee to block the shot and behind netminder Owen Savory. David Jankowski and Jordan Steinmetz assisted on the play.

Later in the second period, RPI regained a three-goal lead when Chase Zieky beat Boisvert with a shot along the ice from the left circle to make it a 4-1 game.

RPI's Ture Linden and Mike Gornall added two goals in a span of 26 seconds in the opening two minutes of the third period to push the Engineers lead to 6-1.

Boisvert was replaced by sophomore Emil Zetterquist in the pipes for St. Lawrence after the Engineers' sixth goal. He finished with 19 saves in 41:15, while Zetterquist made seven saves in the final 18:30.

With time winding down in the third, McGeen took advantage of a broken play on a rush into the RPI zone for his first of the season and the final goal of the game.

The play started when Andrew McIntyre sent a cross-ice pass to Nielsen on the entry, which skipped over an RPI stick in the circle. Nielsen's shot was blocked and the loose puck skipped to McGeen on the back door for an easy finish behind Savory who had come out of the crease to cut off the angle on a Nielsen attempt and couldn't recover.

St. Lawrence had four power play opportunities in the third period alone, including a full minute of 5-on-3, but was unable to convert. The Saints finished the night 1-for-7, while RPI went 1-for-5.

The Saints outshot RPI through the final 20 minutes, but the Engineers finished with a 32-22 advantage in shots on goal on Friday night.

With the loss, St. Lawrence drops to 2-6-1 on the season and 0-1-0 in ECAC Hockey games. RPI improves to 4-3-0 and 2-1-0 against conference opponents.

St. Lawrence will look to split its Capital District road trip on Saturday at Union in Schenectady, New York. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

CORNELL TOPS LADY SAINTS

Amy Curlew and Grace Graham both scored two goals to lead the third-ranked Cornell women's hockey team to a 4-1 win over St. Lawrence in an ECAC Hockey contest at Roos House Ice Rink at SUNY Canton on Friday night.

Curlew's scored twice in the first period to give the Big Red 1-0 and 2-1 leads, and Graham scored a shorthanded goal with just 4:25 left in the third period, then added an empty netter late to put the game away.

Rachel Teslak scored the lone goal for the Saints.

"Always an entertaining game when we play the Big Red," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "We played some very good hockey and showed a lot of heart, especially in the second and third periods. We had some great chances to tie it up even strength and on the power play. Obviously not crazy about the loss, but happy with our game and effort."

Curlew scored her first goal halfway through the first period, flipping a backhand top shelf after taking a pass from the left side from Paige Lewis right outside the crease.

Teslak tied the game less than two minutes later, taking a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Cornell goaltender Lindsay Browning on the short side. Charlea Pedersen picked up an assist on the play.

But Curlew gave Cornell the lead again two minutes later, deflecting a shot from the point by Devon Facchinato down, and it bounced past St. Lawrence goaltender Lucy Morgan.

Graham's first goal of the game came after Kendra Nealy cleared the puck from deep in Cornell's zone to kill a Big Red penalty. The puck bounced off a St. Lawrence defender at the Saints' blue line right to Graham, who went skated in alone and shot high glove side for the shorthanded goal to give the Big Red a 3-1 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the third period.

She scored again just over two minutes later, leading a 2-on-1 break and opting to shoot on the empty net.

Browning made 24 saves for the Big Red; Morgan also had 24 saves for the Saints. Cornell had a 28-25 advantage in shots on goal, including a 13-6 edge in the first period.

St. Lawrence fell to 4-4-2 overall, 1-1-0 in ECAC Hockey play, while Cornell moved to 5-0-0, 3-0-0. The Saints will face Colgate at SUNY Canton on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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