Skating Saints Tie Colgate; Headed For Harvard
Bo Hanson scored an extra-attacker goal with 3:24 remaining in third period in his 100th career game to help the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team earn a 2-2 tie with Colgate in the regular season finale in Hamilton, New York on Saturday night. Rookie netminder Francis Boisvert finished with 24 saves in the tie, including 12 in the second period, while Ashton Fry and David Jankowski led the Saints with two points apiece. Alex Gilmour also picked up a point against the Raiders with an assist. St. Lawrence got off to a strong start and dominated possession for much of the first 10 minutes, but it was Colgate who struck first with a goal from Arnaud Vaschon at 10:55 of the opening frame. Jared Cockrell forced a turnover deep in the Saints' zone and set up Vaschon for a one timer that beat Boisvert high on the blocker side. Later in the frame, Fry pulled the Saints' even with his third of year when he beat Colgate's Mitch Benson with a quick redirect from the edge of the crease at 16:55. Fry, Jankowski and Gilmour put together a solid shift in the offensive zone that led to Gilmour pressuring a defender in the corner before kicking the puck to Jankowski behind the net; he then hit the Highlands Ranch, Colorado native for the goal. With 1:36 to play in the frame, Jankowski took a shot from the bottom of the right circle that looked like it beat Benson five hole and crossed the line before he fell back on it, but after review it was ruled no goal and the teams went into the break tied 1-1. The Saints outshot Colgate 12-5 in the first 20 minutes, but Colgate had the better of the chances in the second period, with a 12-8 edge in shots on goal. Early in the frame, Boisvert robbed John Snodgrass with the glove after a turnover put the Colgate forward in on the Saints' goaltender one-on-one. St. Lawrence made a push in the final five minutes of the middle frame and had a second goal reviewed after Carson Dimoff pushed the puck under Benson on the near post off a rebound, but the officials ruled goaltender interference. Boisvert also made a flurry of saves in the final 30 seconds of the second period to keep the game tied at 1-1 heading into the third. Colgate regained the lead at 8:30 of the third period, as the Raiders cashed in on their first power-play chance of the game with a blast through traffic from the high slot by Cockrell. With 3:28 remaining in regulation and an offensive zone draw coming for the Saints, head coach Brent Brekke brought Boisvert to the bench for the extra attacker. Jankowski won the ensuing draw clean to Fry on the half wall, who then sent a hard pass to Hanson at the point for a one-time blast off the pipe and in for his fifth goal of the season and a 2-2 game. St. Lawrence outshot Colgate 4-1 in the extra frame and finished with a 31-26 edge in total shots in the game. Boisvert's one save in overtime was an homage to old-time hockey; a half windmill with the left pad extended to stop Ben Sharf and preserve the tie. Saturday was the 11th overtime game of the season for the Saints, as they finish the regular season with a 4-25-5 overall record and 2-18-2 mark in ECAC Hockey contests. Colgate moves to 10-16-8 and 8-9-6. The Saints will be the No. 12 seed for playoffs and travel to No. 5 seed Harvard for a best-of-three first-round series next weekend.