Dartmouth Drops Game Two to SLU in Overtime

Dartmouth Drops Game Two to SLU in Overtime

HANOVER, N.H. - St. Lawrence freshman Zach Risteau scored with 2:27 remaining in overtime Saturday night to force a third game in the ECAC Hockey first-round series at Thompson Arena against the Dartmouth men's hockey team.

The Saints won the game, 3-2, despite being outshot, 60-24.

Game 3 is set for 7 p.m. Sunday night at Thompson with the winner moving on to the league quarterfinals.
 
"Our guys played hard. Playoff hockey is tough," Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet '81 said. "We had our chances, but they (SLU) were the ones who made the play at the other end.
 
"The final two periods were some of the best we've played all year," Gaudet added. "We've already moved on to tomorrow's game. That's where our focus is now."
 
The star of the game was Saints (6-28-2) goalie Daniel Mannella, who stopped 58 shots to pick up the win. Mannella was making his postseason debut after serving as the backup in Game 1 on Friday night.
 
Of those 58 saves, 14 came in overtime when Dartmouth (12-15-4) had several opportunities to net the winner, but were either thwarted by the visiting netminder or missed the net by inches.
 
After SLU got on the board first thanks to Michael Ederer's sixth of the season, Big Green rookie Jeff Losurdo answered back with a rebound goal just 123 seconds later, netting his fourth of the year at 16:46 of the opening frame.
 
The Saints took the lead again 4:28 into the second on the power play thanks to Cade Gleekel's ninth of the season. The home team once again responded, answering less than three minutes later to pull even.
 
Freshman Drew O'Connor's 15th of the season came while battling a defender at the top of the crease, but he managed to get his stick on a rebound and knock home the puck. For O'Connor, it was his fifth goal in the last four games and moved him alone into second in the nation in freshman markers this season.
 
No goals followed for the next 50:24 of action until Risteau batted in a centering feed from Ederer from the halfboards, finding space somewhere in Adrian Clark's pads for the game winner.
 
Clark finished with 21 saves on the night and made several big stops in key situations, but was inevitably overshadowed by his counterpart at the other end of the ice.
 
A winner-take-all Game 3 now awaits Dartmouth on Sunday night with a trip to Harvard and the quarterfinals on the line for the Big Green. A St. Lawrence win sends the Saints to top-seeded Quinnipiac.
 
This is the third straight series that has gone to a third game after a first-round win last year against the Saints and then a quarterfinal loss at Harvard. It also marks the third straight time that a Game 3 is needed in a home first-round series for the Green and White after a 2016 battle with Colgate and then again last year with SLU.