Third period push falls short as St. Lawrence falls to Harvard

Third period push falls short as St. Lawrence falls to Harvard

Cambridge, Mass -- Zach RisteauKaden Pickering and Eddie Pavlini scored in the third period for the St. Lawrence men's hockey team, but Harvard had built too big a lead through the first two frames as the Crimson came away with a 7-3 win in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday night.

The Risteau and Pickering tallies both came on a five-minute power play opportunity early in the third period, just 35 seconds apart, while Pavlini's second of the season came with 1:05 to play in the game.

St. Lawrence outshot an opponent for the first time this season, finishing with a slight 34-33 edge in total shots with the help of 21 during its offensive push in the third.

Harvard scored three goals in a span of two minutes and 31 seconds early in the first period, with the first coming just 1:34 into the game off the stick of Casey Dornbach off a blast from the point.

Jack Rathbone made it 2-0 with a rip of his own from just inside the blue line at 2:50 and Nathan Krusko's first of the year at 4:05 pushed the margin to 3-0 and prompted an early exit for Saints' starter Arthur Brey.

He was relieved by first-year Emil Zetterquist, who finished 25 saves in 55:38 with four goals against, including the eventual game-winning tally by Michael Floodstrand at 4:02 of the second period.

Floodstrand buried a rebound off a rush on the back post to put the Crimson in front 4-0 and John Marino followed with the fifth Harvard tally just 23 seconds later.

At 7:41 of the second, Reilly Walsh and the Crimson's top-ranked power play unit made it 6-0, as Walsh one-timed a blast from the top of the left circle off a feed from Adam Fox.

One minute and 10 seconds into the third period, Harvard's Wyllum Deveaux was sent off for a five-minute boarding call after a hit on Risteau in the corner in the Saints' defensive zone.

It was Risteau who put the Saints on the board 2:11 into the power play with his second of the season, as he picked up a loose puck low in the slot and roofed a rebound after a flurry of chances from Cade Gleekel and Carson Gicewicz at the side of the net.

Thirty-five seconds later Kaden Pickering put a shot from the left circle through traffic and behind Harvard's Cameron Gornet to make it 6-2 in favor of the home team.

In the closing minutes of the third, Deveaux notched Harvard's seventh goal of the night on the power play with a wide open shot from the right circle as he was left all alone on the weak side.

Both teams finished 2-for-5 on the power play on Saturday night.

Pavlini closed out the scoring and made it a 7-3 game off a rush down the right side at 18:55 of the third period. He sauced a pass to the middle of the ice for Ted McGeen who was crashing the net, but it skipped over his stick and fooled Harvard's third goaltender of the night, Derek Schaedig, ending up inside the far post for his second goal of the season.

With the loss, the Saints fall to 3-20-1 on the season, with a 1-10-1 mark in conference games. Harvard improves to 10-6-3 and 7-5-2 against ECAC Hockey teams.

St. Lawrence will return to Appleton Arena next weekend to host Princeton and nationally-ranked Quinnipiac.