SLU Blanks Bentley; Faces Clarkson Friday, Sarturday
Senior goaltender Daniel Mannella finished with 28 saves en route to his second career shutout on Saturday night, as the St. Lawrence men's hockey team got goals from three different players in a 3-0 win over Bentley in the first-ever matchup between the two teams in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Zach Risteau, Keenan Suthers and Madrid-Waddington product Kaden Pickering each scored for the Saints, with Pickering's tally coming in the power play, while first-years Jordan Steinmetz and Cameron Buhl earned their first collegiate points with assists on Risteau's goal and Bo Hanson finished with a two-point night.
St. Lawrence killed a 5-minute major early in the first period after sophomore defenseman Jeff Clarke was given a major and a game misconduct for a contact to the head call less than five minutes into the game.
With momentum in their favor after the kill, the Saints needed just 45 seconds of the ensuing 5-on-5 to get on the board, as Risteau slipped one behind Falcons' netminder Aidan Pelino for his team-leading third of the season at the 10:07 mark of the opening frame.
St. Lawrence pushed the lead to 3-0 in the second period with goals from Keenan Suthers and Kaden Pickering.
In a crazy series of events, Suthers appeared to put the Saints in front 2-0 near the midway point of the frame but it was waived off and play continued. As luck would have it, the next stoppage was a St. Lawrence goal from Pickering, so it was a 2-0 lead for the Scarlet and Brown either way. After review, Suthers initial tally stood for his second of the year and the clock was reset to 10:47.
Pickering still got his goal, connecting again five minutes later with the Saints on the power play and beating Pelino with a rip from the left circle that went off the far post and in at the 14:05 mark to extend the lead to three goals; the Saints' largest lead of the season.
Early in the third period, Bentley rang the pipe on a big on the power play but the puck popped into the slot and the Saints were able to clear down ice to keep it a 3-0 game.
The Saints killed two penalties in the final frame as Bentley finished 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
With the win, the Saints improve to 2-3-1 on the season while the Falcons fall to 2-3-0.
St. Lawrence will travel to Clarkson for a non-conference pair at Cheel Arena on Friday and Saturday.