Sullivan's Late Goal Helps Saints Tie RPI

Sullivan's Late Goal Helps Saints Tie RPI

Senior Captain Joe Sullivan scored with 27.8 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game at 4-4 and help the St. Lawrence men's hockey team earn a point in ECAC Hockey play with a tie against Rensselaer on Saturday night.

The game-tying goal was Sullivan's second of the game, which he scored with the Saints on the power play and netminder Arthur Brey on the bench for the 6-on-4 man advantage. Less than a minute before netting the equalizer, the Saints successfully killed off a five-minute major to Jacob Pritchard to gain momentum in the final minutes.

Sullivan led the Saints with two goals, while Alex Gilmour and Callum Cusinato also scored for St. Lawrence. Ben Finkelstein and Nolan Gluchowski each recorded two assists and Keenan Suthers and Cade Gleekel notched their first collegiate points with helpers of their own.

For RPI, Will Reilly finished with two power play goals and Evan Tironese and Jesper Ohrvall added the other goals for the Engineers.

With the tie, the Saint are now 1-8-1 on the season and 0-1-1 in conference games. RPI finishes the weekend at 1-4-3 and 0-3-1 against league opponents.

The Saints got out to a 1-0 lead with Gilmour's goal at 7:33 of the first period when he backhanded the rebound from a Suthers' shot into the open net on the far side.

At 8:31 of the opening frame, Reilly tied the game for RPI just 37 seconds into the team's first power play opportunity of the night. His shot from just inside the point hit a leg in front of Brey and snuck inside the near post.

The Engineers took their first lead of the game, 2-1, less than three minutes later when Tironese capitalized on a turnover and beat Brey high on the glove side with a wrister from the right circle.

However, in the final minute of the opening frame and the Saints on the power play, Sullivan scored his first of the game to send the teams into the first intermission tied at 2-2. After RPI goaltender Linden Marshall made the initial save on shot from the point by Finkelstein, Sullivan had two consecutive scoring chances on the edge of the crease. Marshall stopped the first, but the Las Vegas, Nevada native buried the second for his third goal of the season.

Midway through the second period Cusinato put the Saints in front 3-2 with a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle off a feed from Gluchowski at 11:05.

Four minutes later, RPI tied the game again with Reilly's second of the game on a shot from the point, through traffic in front of Brey.

The team's entered the third period tied at 3-3, but RPI wasted little time getting back out in front with Ohrvall's goal at 1:42. He redirected a pass from Emil Orhvall in the slot over Brey's glove for the 4-3 lead.

In the latter half of the third period, the Saints had killed off all but 46 seconds of Pritchard's major penalty before RPI's Patrick Polino was sent off from hooking at 18:01, setting up the 6-on-4 man advantage. Finkelstein put the puck on net from the right side and Sullivan collected the rebound and put a flat angle shot over Marshall's left shoulder for the equalizer.

St. Lawrence outshot RPI 6-3 in the overtime, including a shot from Keenan Suthers in transition that rang the inside of the far post but never crossed the line.

The Saints finished with a 45-31 shot advantage. Brey made 27 saves for St. Lawrence, while Marshall stopped 41 shot from the Engineers.

St. Lawrence will started a five-game road swing next weekend with a pair of ECAC Hockey games at Yale and Brown.