St. Lawrence swept by Maine

St. Lawrence swept by Maine

A Maine goal in the first minute of the game helped spark the Black Bears to a 4-1 win over the St. Lawrence men's hockey team on Saturday night at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine.

With the loss, the Saints fall to 0-2 to start the season and Maine improves to 2-0 with the sweep.

Ryan Garvey was the lone goal scorer for St. Lawrence, as his goal late in the second period cut the deficit to 3-1 at the time. Jake Stevens and Zach Risteau helped set up the play on the rush, as Risteau picked up his first collegiate point with the helper.

Goaltender Arthur Brey had another 30-plus save day, as he stopped 35, including 14 in the final 20 minutes in the loss.

Both teams failed to convert on numerous power play opportunities on Saturday, though Maine did tally another shorthanded goal early in the second off a two-on-two rush into the St. Lawrence zone.

Maine got on the board early with Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup's first career tally at the 31-second mark of the first period on the Black Bears' second shot of the game.

Brey stopped the next twelve shots, including six from Maine on the power play, to send the Saints into the first intermission trailing by just the one goal.

Patrick Shea's shorthanded tally at the 2:01 mark of the second pushed the Maine lead to 2-0 before Rob Michel added the Black Bears' third goal at 14:18.

Michel's initial shot was stopped by Brey but the rebound kicked right back out onto the tape for a quick wrister top shelf.

Exactly three minutes later, the Saints were able to convert on the rush, as Risteau passed to Garvey who dropped to Stevens trailing on the right point. Stevens ripped a one-timer that hit (and broke) Garvey's stick in front of the net and redirected over Swayman's right shoulder and in to make it a 3-1 game.

Maine added a goal in the first half of the third period off the stick of Tim Doherty to push to final 4-1 margin.

Saturday's game finished with more penalty minutes than Friday's game after a melee in the closing minutes between the Saints' Dylan Woolf and Maine's Patrick Shea as the pair was sent to their respective dressing rooms early after fighting majors and game misconducts.

Maine finished with a 39-24 advantage in shots on goal. Swayman made 21 saves in the win for the Black Bears.

St. Lawrence will host the Crusaders of Holy Cross on Friday, October 19 and Wisconsin on Saturday, October 20 to continue its non-conference schedule.