Gilmour, Mannella help St. Lawrence snap slide, beat Princeton

Gilmour, Mannella help St. Lawrence snap slide, beat Princeton

CANTON, NY -- Alex Gilmour's power play goal at 13:38 of the third period and Daniel Mannella's 48 saves helped the St. Lawrence men's hockey team edge Princeton, 3-2, and snap a nine-game slide on Friday night in Appleton Arena.

The Saints came back to tie the Tigers twice in the second period with goals from first-years David Jankowski and Kaden Pickering before Gilmour's tally in the final frame sealed the win.

While Princeton did finish with a 50-39 advantage in shots on goal, the Saints had an overwhelming 22-6 edge in blocked shots, including four in the final minute of the second period with Princeton on the power play.

Ryan Kuffner opened the scoring at 15:43 of the first period with the first of two power-play goals for Princeton off a flat-angle one-timer that beat Mannella high on the glove side for the only goal through 20 minutes.

Three minutes and 26 seconds in the middle frame, Jankowski tied it at 1-1 with his team-leading sixth of the season.

The play started when Carson Gicewicz forced a turnover along the wall in the neutral zone that was picked up by Bo Hanson moving into the Princeton zone. Hanson touched a pass to Jankowski on the right wing side and the Waterdown, Ontario native snapped a shot into the upper left corner over the glove of Princeton netminder Ryan Ferland.

Later in the frame, with Princeton on the power play once again, Alex Riche finished off a tic-tac-toe play on the edge of the blue paint to put the Tigers back out in front 2-1 with Ryan Kuffner and Max Veronneau assisting.

Just 49 seconds later, the Saints found themselves back on the kill after Zach Risteau was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding. One minute and 55 seconds into the major penalty, Princeton's Riche tripped up Mannella 20 feet in front of the crease as he cleared the puck out of the Saints zone and evened up the manpower for the next two minutes.

The Saints took advantage skating four aside and Kaden Pickering notched his third of the season at 15:27 with a wrist shot from deep in the slot after a good cycle in the corner by Jankowski and Cameron White to tie the game at 2-2.

Not long after the Saints killed off the remaining 1:05 of the major to Risteau, Laidley was set off for holding to put Princeton on the power play once again for the final 1:29 of the second.

During that stretch, the Saints blocked five shots – three by Michael Ederer and one a piece for Ryan Garvey and Jake Stevens to shut down a buzzing Princeton power play unit and send it into the third still tied at 2-2.

Gilmour and the Saints needed just 10 seconds of their first power play opportunity of the game to take the lead, as the Uxbridge, Ontario native won the draw back to the blue line and Philip Alftberg sent a behind-the-back pass to Cade Gleekel on the left circle.

Gleekel threw a shot towards net and Gilmour got a stick on it in front to redirect the puck five hole on Princeton's Ferland for the game winner for St. Lawrence.

Ferland made six of his 10 saves in the third period after the Saints took the lead, as they continued to apply pressure to the visitors in the closing minutes.

Princeton pulled Ferland for the extra attacker with 52 seconds to play, but the Saints weathered the storm and Mannella came through with a huge right-pad save on Kuffner in the final seconds to hang on.

Mannella made 21 of his 48 stops in the first period for St. Lawrence. Ferland finished with 36 saves in the loss for the Tigers.

With the win, the Saints improve to 4-20-1 overall and are now 2-10-1 against ECAC Hockey opponents. Princeton drops to 6-12-2 with a 4-8-1 mark in conference play.

The Saints will face another tough test on Saturday night, as they host No. 5 Quinnipiac in Appleton Arena at 7 p.m.