The St. Lawrence men's hockey team opens its second semester conference schedule with a trip to the Capital District for games against RPI and Union on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.
• The Saints extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 1-0-1 weekend against Canisius at home last weekend.
• Defensemen Nolan Gluchowski (3A) and Jake Stevens (1G, 2A) led St. Lawrence in scoring last weekend with three points each. Mike Marnell and Carson Gicewicz each scored two goals with one in each game. Gicewicz scored the game-tying goal on Friday and the game winner on Saturday.
• They scored four goals in back-to-back games for the first time since sweeping Yale and Brown at home in November 2016. The Saints combined for 12 goals in those two games.
• St. Lawrence is 4-1-2 when scoring three or more goals this season.
• RPI is coming off a 2-2 midweek tie with Harvard at home, after being swept at Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend. The Engineers were shutout 3-0 at Harvard and lost to Dartmouth in overtime, 6-5.
• Union split at Dartmouth and Harvard last weekend, beating the Big Green 4-1 before falling to the Crimson in overtime 4-3.
• The Saints are still looking for their first win in conference play after finishing the first semester 0-7-1 against ECAC Hockey teams.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Saturday's win against the Griffs was the first for the Saints in Appleton Arena this season.
• Three of the Saints four wins this season have come against a nationally-ranked opponent (Wisconsin) or those receiving votes in national polls (UMass Lowell, Canisius).
• Daniel Mannella picked up an assist in addition to another win on Saturday night. He is the second Saints' netminder with a point this season, as Arthur Brey recorded his first career assist at Colgate on Nov. 18.
• The Saints will be without sophomore defenseman Ben Finkelstein for the remainder of the season. Finkelstein withdrew from St. Lawrence earlier this week. He had three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 20 games played.
• Since beating Yale 2-1 on December 1, RPI is winless through its last seven games at 0-6-1. Two of those losses game in overtime.
• RPI has already played eight overtime games this season, including a 4-4 tie with the Saints in November. The Engineers are 0-4-4 in games requiring overtime.
• Jacob Hayhurst leads the Engineers in overall scoring with seven goals and seven assists for 14 points. Viktor Liljegren has a team-high eight goals and Mike Prapavessis leads the team with 11 assists.
THE SERIES WITH THE ENGINEERS
• The Saints lead the series against RPI 82-55-7 since the first meeting during the 1950-51 season.
• St. Lawrence has won the last two games played in Houston Field House.
THIS SEASON AGAINST RPI
• In November the Saints an Engineers tied 4-4 thanks to a goal by Joe Sullivan with 28 seconds remaining in the third period. Sullivan finished with two goals for the Saints.
• Both teams finished with two power play goals, Joe Sullivan had both for St. Lawrence and Will Reilly scored both for RPI.
• Linden Marshall finished with 41 saves for the Engineers.
• Union is 3-5-0 since the start of December with wins against Brown, Holy Cross and Dartmouth.
• Their 4-1 win against Dartmouth last weekend snapped a three-game slide for the Dutchmen.
• Brett Supinski is tied for 11th nationally in assists per game (0.84), while Anthony Rinaldi is tied for first in game-winning goals (4).
• Supinski and Ryan Scarfo are tied with a team-high 22 points, while Scarfo leads the Dutchmen in goals with 12.
THE SERIES WITH THE DUTCHMEN
• Despite falling to the Dutchmen earlier this season, the Saints still hold a 38-26-3 lead in the overall series, which started in 1928-29 season.
• St. Lawrence has not won a game in Messa Rink since the 2008-09 season.
THIS SEASON AGAINST UNION
• The Saints fell 3-1 to the Dutchmen in November, as Union opened up a 3-0 lead with goals from Maier, Vidmar and Emelifeonwu.
• Jake Stevens scored his first collegiate goal for St. Lawrence on the power play in the third period.
• The Saints' Brey made 38 saves in the loss. Darion Hanson stopped 17 in the win for Union.
• Mike Marnell has a six-game points streak heading into the weekend, as he's recorded at least a point in each game played since returning from injury for the Clarkson game on Dec. 8. He's also scored a goal in each of the last four games.
• Joe Sullivan has logged a point in each of the last five games for the Saints.
FINDING THE NET
• The Saints have scored more goals in the last four games (14) than they did in all of the games since putting up six at the University of Wisconsin.
• In the games following the Wisconsin win through the end of the first semester (8 games) St. Lawrence only scored 12 goals.
IN THE NATIONAL NUMBERS
• Daniel Mannella is now ranked among the nation's top goaltenders after starting the last four games. He's ninth in save percentage (.925) and 26th in goals against average (2.47).
• The Saints are the most penalized team in Division I averaging 16.9 PIM per game.
• Joe Sullivan is tied for fourth in shorthanded goals with two.
• The Saints power play has improved to 18.1%, ranking 35th. The penalty kill is 57th (75.5%).
The Saints will head back to Appleton Arena to take on Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend.