St. Lawrence rolls Colgate in final home game of the season

St. Lawrence rolls Colgate in final home game of the season

CANTON, NY -- It was all St. Lawrence from start to finish on Saturday night, as the men's hockey team scored 1:29 into the game and rolled to a 5-2 win over Colgate in the regular season finale.

Saturday's game was also senior night and the final game played in Appleton Arena before the renovations commence this spring.

Nine different players recorded points for the Saints in the win including five different goal scorers, starting with Jacob Nielsen, who opened the scoring with his first of the season. Carson GicewiczDavid JankowskiMichael Ederer and Ryan Garvey had multi-point games with a goal and an assist against the Raiders.

First-year goaltender Emil Zetterquist finished with 32 saves in the win, which snapped an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1) for the Saints heading into the postseason.

Nielsen beat starter Mitch Benson with a blast from the left circle through traffic to give the Saints a 1-0 lead, after first-year Zach Risteau made a great play below the red line before throwing it out to the New Berlin, Wisconsin native for the goal.

At the 9:09 mark, junior captain Carson Gicewicz got an opportunistic goal when he tucked the puck behind Benson on the back door after a shot from Keenan Suthers went just wide to extend the lead to 2-0.

David Jankowski's shorthanded breakaway goal at 12:41 of the opening frame proved to the game winner, as he beat Benson with a backhand tuck on the near post to make it a 3-0 game in favor of the Saints.

It is the second shorthanded goal of the season for the Saints. Keenan Suthers scored the other in the Saints' win over Holy Cross in October.

It also prompted a goaltending change for the Raiders, as Benson was replaced by Andrew Farrier, who finished with 12 saves in the remaining 47:19.

Early in the second period, Colgate spoiled Zetterquist's shutout bid with a power play goal by Bobby McCann. McCann took a slapshot from the right circle that rang iron and, after review it was determinded it actually hit he back bar and popped back into play. Paul Meyer and Nick Quillan assisted on the McCann tally that made it a 3-1 game.

Just over three minutes later, however, Ederer and the Saints cashed in on a 5-on-3 power play opportunity, as the senior notched his fifth of the season with a tip on the back post off a shot by Bo Hanson to regain a three goal lead.

Midway through the third period, Ryan Garvey beat Farrier with a forehand-backhand move on rush into the Colgate zone to make it a 5-1 game in favor of the Saints. Jake Stevens picked up an assist on the play, as he hit Ederer with a stretch pass to start the breakout.

Colgate concluded the scoring at 16:46 of the third when McCann and Jacob Panetta took advantage of a turnover on the half wall and Panetta beat Zetterquist high blocker with a quick turnaround shot for the Raiders' second goal.

Colgate outshot the Saints 34-22 in the loss, though St. Lawrence had the better of the chances.

Both teams finished with a power play goal, as the Saints went 1-for-2 with the man advantage and Colgate went 1-for-5.

With the win, the Saints improve to 5-27-2 overall and 3-17-2 in conference play, while Colgate finishes the regular season at 10-21-3 and 7-12-3.

The Saints celebrated the four members of the Class of 2019: Arthur Brey, R.J. Gicewicz, Michael Ederer and Michael Laidley. Gicewicz – who has spent the last season and a half as a student assistant coach after retiring due to injury – was even able to skate with the team for warmups, leading the Saints out of the tunnel for a solo spin around the ice before his teammates joined him.

St. Lawrence will play as the No. 12 seed in the ECAC Hockey playoffs and is set to travel to Dartmouth for the second year in a row for a best-of-three first-round series.