We finally closed out our six-game road trip this past weekend with mixed results in the North Country. I thought we played well on Friday night and our power play certainly played a huge part in the win at St. Lawrence.
At St. Lawrence on Friday night, the game was scoreless for the first 10 minutes until Senior forward Max Andreev scored a power-play-goal with a one-timer from the slot at the 10:26 mark, with assists to Junior forward Gabe Seger and Senior forward Ben Berard. Seven minutes later, due to a miscommunication around our own net, St. Lawrence scored a goal at 17:12. We regained the lead 37 seconds later when Freshman forward Nick DeSantis recorded his first collegiate goal banging home a rebound off a shot from Senior defenseman Sam Malinski. We went to the locker room leading 2-1 after 20 minutes of play.
Midway through the second period, we increased our margin to 4-1 with goals from Sophomore forward Kyler Kovich (converting a rebound at 10:13) and Andreev’s second power-play-goal at 12:31.
Our final goal came at 13:59 of the third period when Malinski scored from across the ice into an empty net. Our power-play (2-for-5) certainly played an important part in the victory. St. Lawrence was 0-for-4 in extra man play. Sophomore goaltender Ian Shane made 21 saves and his St. Lawrence counterpart stopped 19 shots.
On Saturday night, the two things you need for success on the road let us down: special teams and goal-tending. Clarkson scored one of their two goals in the opening four minutes with a power-play-goal and led, 2-0, at the end of the first period. Halfway through the second period, they made it 3-0 on another extra-man goal. Senior forward Zach Tupker cut the deficit to 3-1 with a wrist shot from the left point that made its way through traffic into the back of the net. Assists were awarded to freshman forward Winter Wallace and junior defenseman Tim Rego. Clarkson added one more goal into an empty net in the final period.
Ian Shane started in goal and played 32 minutes with just seven saves before Freshman Remington Keopple replaced him midway through the second period. Keopple ended up with six saves. We were 0-for-6 on the power play and Clarkson was 2-for-6. Their goaltender stopped 21 shots. It’s difficult to start the game down by two quick goals, both of which our goaltender would want back. The power play that helped us win on Friday night was not there on Saturday and it’s tough to win on the road when goal-tending and special teams are not playing well. We’ll be practicing this week to improve that part of our game.
We are happy to be back at Lynah with weekend games against IVY opponents and for a Tuesday out-of-conference game. Friday night we face Yale (1-5 overall, 1-5 ECAC) followed by Brown (1-4-1 overall, 1-4-1 ECAC) on Saturday. Sacred Heart comes in on Tuesday night, Nov. 22. All three games are at 7PM.