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Skating Saints Gain Needed Point Tying Yale

Suthers, Mannella Lead Saints to Tie with Yale

Keenan Suthers scored two goals, Ashton Fry had two assists and Daniel Mannella made 33 saves as the St. Lawrence men's hockey team battled Yale to a 2-2 tie to earn a much-needed point in conference play on Saturday night in Appleton Arena. It's the first multi-goal game of the season for Suthers, who snapped a six-game pointless streak against the Bulldogs. Alex Gilmour and Tim Makowski each finished with a point apiece with assists. Twenty of Mannella's 33 saves came in the final 25 minutes, as Yale outshot the Saints 17-8 in the third and 4-1 in the overtime. The visitors finished with a 35-26 advantage in total shots in the game. St. Lawrence opened the scoring at 6:31 of the first period when Fry chipped it off the wall in the neutral zone for Gilmour on the right wing side to spring the Saints into Yale territory. Gilmour hit the Tecumseh, Ontario native with a cross-ice feed for a one-time finish on the edge of the blue paint to mark the first men's goal scored in the renovated Appleton Arena. Later in the frame, Yale's Justin Pearson tied the game with a power-play goal on a shot from the left circle that was initially stopped by Mannella with the left pad, but took an odd bounce hit the post and trickled in at 11:37. After a scoreless second period that saw Yale kill three penalties, the Bulldogs took the lead in the opening minutes of the third when Kevin O'Neil jammed home a rebound on the edge of the blue paint at the 1:57 mark after Mannella stopped both Luke Stevens and Michael Young. Just 56 seconds later, however, Suthers and the Saints responded to tie the game at 2-2 after Yale's Corbin Kaczperski made a pair of saves on Makowski and Fry, but Suthers was able to bury the rebound on the far post for his second of the night. In addition to Mannella, the Saints' defense came up big with 22 blocked shots on Saturday night led by four from Fry and three from Ryan Garvey. The St. Lawrence penalty kill faced its biggest task of the night with 1:09 to play in regulation when Gilmour was sent off for interference, but the Saints weathered the storm and held Yale without a shot on goal in its final power play of the night. Yale finished 1-for-3 with the man advantage, while the Saints went 0-for-4. The tie is the first of the season for the Bulldogs, who move to 9-11-1 overall and 6-7-1 in conference play. It's the fourth tie of the year for St. Lawrence (3-20-4), but first in league play as they now move to 1-13-1 in ECAC Hockey contests. The Saints will return to Appleton Arena on Saturday, February 8 to face off against Clarkson for the fourth time this regular season, as well as celebrate the Appleton Arena Dedication and induct a new class of Legends of Appleton. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m

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