Rookie netminder Francis Boisvert made 31 saves in his first collegiate start, but the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team fell to visiting Vermont, 2-0, on Saturday night in the Roos House Ice Arena on the campus of SUNY Canton.
Boisvert made 18 stops in the first period alone to help the Saints escape the first 20 minutes unscathed, as Vermont finished with an 18-4 shot advantage in the opening frame.
At the three-minute mark of the second period, Vermont opened the scoring with the eventual game winner when Alex Esposito put back a rebound on the back door after a dazzling save by Boisvert on a close-range attempt by Joey Cipollone following a turnover deep in the St. Lawrence zone.
From then on out, however, the Saints had the better of the chances, as they outshot the visitors 31-15 in the final two periods, but couldn't beat veteran netminder Stefanos Lekkas for the equalizer.
Junior defenseman Bo Hanson led the Scarlet and Brown with six shots, while Keenan Suthers and Kaden Pickering finished with five apiece.
St. Lawrence also managed 13 shots while on the power play on Saturday night, but Lekkas found a way to keep the Saints off the board, even making back-to-back-to-back stops on Carson Dimoff, Pickering and Suthers during the Saints' final power play opportunity late in the third period.
Head Coach Brent Brekke called a timeout and pulled Boisvert with 1:50 left in the third, and Vermont's Bryce Misley skated the puck into the empty net with 18 seconds to play to push to the final 2-0 margin.
It is the first empty net goal the Saints have allowed since February 17, 2018 at Dartmouth.
With the loss, St. Lawrence falls to 1-3-0 on the season, while Vermont earns a split in the North Country to improve to 1-1.
The Saints will be on the road the next three weekends, starting with a non-conference pair of Holy Cross and Bentley next weekend.