St. Lawrence keeps season alive, beats Dartmouth to force Game 3

St. Lawrence keeps season alive, beats Dartmouth to force Game 3

HANOVER, NH -- Zach Risteau backhanded a sauce pass from Michael Ederer behind Dartmouth's Adrian Clark with 2:27 remaining in the first overtime of Saturday's first-round game against the fifth-seeded Big Green to lift the St. Lawrence men's hockey team to a 3-2 win and tie the series at 1-1.

Daniel Mannella, who made his first start since February 2, was phenomenal in the pipes for St. Lawrence, finishing with a career-high 58 saves including 14 in the overtime. Dartmouth finished with an overwhelming 60-24 advantage in shots on goal.

Ederer and Cade Gleekel also scored in the win, with the latter coming on the power play, as both team's cashed in for one man-advantage tally in game two. Both Ederer and Risteau finished with a goal and an assist, while Michael Laidley and Bo Hanson also picked up points.

Ederer gave the Saints a 1-0 lead at 14:43 of the first period after Dartmouth turned the puck over coming out of its own zone. He carried in and sniped one from the left circle that beat Clark low on the glove side inside the far post for his sixth of the season.

Dartmouth responded two minutes and three seconds later to pull the game even at 1-1 with a power-play goal from Jeff Losurdo, as he picked up a loose puck at the side of the net after a scrum in front and beat Mannella for his fourth goal of the season.

Early in the second period, with the Saints on the power play, Gleekel tipped a shot from Laidley on the back post to beat Clark for his team-leading ninth goal of the season and put the visitors back in front 2-1.

Again, just minutes later, Dartmouth answered when Drew O'Connor corralled a rebound on the far side after a pad save by Mannella and beat the Saints netminder at 7:09 of the second to tie the game at 2-2.

After a scoreless third and a fast-paced back-and-forth start to the overtime, the Saints' got a quality bid for the game winner off the stick of Jake Stevens, but he rang the pipe with 6:30 remaining and play continued.

The Saints' next shot on goal was Risteau's game winner, as he become just second active player to record a game-winning goal in overtime. Ederer is the other, as he helped the Saints beat Minnesota back on November 16.

Saturday marked the first overtime playoff win since Saturday, March 12, 2016 when St. Lawrence edged Clarkson, 3-2, at home in double overtime in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals.

The St. Lawrence-Dartmouth series is the only ECAC Hockey first-round matchup that will require a game three, as Yale, Union and Brown all swept their opponents to advance.

The puck drops on the decisive third game on Sunday night at 7 p.m. at Thompson Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire.