The University of Ottawa shut down the St. Lawrence men's hockey team on special teams and added two special teams' goals of their own in a 3-1 win over the Saints in the season-opening exhibition matchup at Appleton Arena on Saturday evening.
In a game that featured 20 penalties, including a fighting major and disqualification to the Gee-Gees Marc Beckstead, Ottawa finished 10-for-10 on the penalty kill, scored on the power play and while shorthanded.
Sophomore Keenan Suthers was the lone goal scorer for St. Lawrence, as he beat Ottawa's Graham Hunt with a shot off a rebound in the crease with 1:05 remaining in the third period. Classmates Cade Gleekel and Philip Alftberg picked up assists on the play – though stats are unofficial in exhibition contests.
Ottawa's Yvan Mongo got the Gee-Gees on the board early at the 1:35 mark of the first period to make it 1-0 and goals in the latter half of the second and third periods from Medric Mercier and Jacob Hanlon, respectively, extended the lead to 3-0 before the Saints were able to capitalize late in the final frame.
The Saints finished with a 31-24 advantage in shots on goal, including a 10-2 margin through the last 20 minutes but Hunt was nearly impenetrable all night long, finishing with 30 saves.
Senior Arthur Brey played all 60 minutes in net for St. Lawrence and made 21 saves of his own, with 10 in both the first and second.
With no limitation on the number of skaters that can dress in an exhibition game the Saints dressed every available player on Saturday night, with nine first-year players making their first collegiate appearances in front of the Appleton crowd.
St. Lawrence will officially open the 2018-19 regular season on the road next weekend at the University of Maine on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.