St. Lawrence falls to No. 16 Clarkson, earns weekend split

St. Lawrence falls to No. 16 Clarkson, earns weekend split

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- The St. Lawrence men's hockey team was shut out by No. 16 Clarkson, 3-0, on Saturday night at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, as the teams split the home-and-home series to close out the 2018 schedule.

With the loss, the Saints fall to 3-12-1 and 1-4-1 in ECAC Hockey contests, while Clarkson improves to 9-6-0 and 3-3-0 against conference opponents.

Junior goaltender Daniel Manella finished with 37 saves, as the Woodbridge, Ontario native made his second consecutive start against the Golden Knights on Saturday.

After 37 scoreless minutes, Clarkson's Jere Astren put the home team on the board with his first of the season and the eventual game winner with the teams skating four aside.

Astren took a feed from Nico Sturm and beat Mannella with a wrister from the bottom of the right circle high on the glove side at 17:17 to send Clarkson into the second intermission with a 1-0 lead.

Clarkson extended its lead to 2-0 midway through the final frame, as Devin Brosseau was able to capitalize on an extremely long shift for the Saints, as they were pinned in the Clarkson zone for two full Golden Knight changes. Brosseau ripped a shot from the slot that went bar down at 10:57 with Nick Campoli and Jack Jacome assisting on the play.
Just over two minutes later, Aaron Thow made it 3-0 in favor of the home team as he picked up a turnover at the St. Lawrence blue line and took a quick shot that beat Mannella on the glove side.
In the final minute of play, Mannella stopped Clarkson from adding a fourth with a big right pad save from point-blank range even after his stick was pushed into the corner seconds earlier.
Cade Gleekel finished with a team-high four shots on goal, while Michael Ederer and Michael Laidley finished with three apiece, but the Saints were outshot 40-15 on the night.
Both teams failed to convert with the man-advantage, as the Saints finished 0-for-2 and Clarkson went 0-for-3.
The Saints will return to action after the New Year on January 4 against Air Force in the first of two games at the Ice Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas.