Here are the interviews, story and video from St. Lawrence 2-2 tie with Quinnipiac.
CANTON — Just when St. Lawrence looked poised to snap its three-game winless streak, referee John Murphy called a penalty — the seventh of the game on SLU — to negate Aaron Bogosian's game-winning, short-handed goal with 42.2 seconds left in regulation.
The Saints instead settled for a 2-2 tie with ECAC Hockey foe Quinnipiac on Saturday at Appleton Arena. Bogosian agreed with the holding call.
“We were on the penalty kill and Kyle (Flanagan) had the puck and sent me,” Bogosian said. “It was a race for the puck and I thought I could jump around him and I kind of grabbed him. It was a penalty. I'm pretty upset I couldn't help out that way, but it was a penalty.”
St. Lawrence coach Joe Marsh knew it, too, and instead prepared his team for the ensuing 5-on-3 penalty kill.
“It was the right call,” he said. “It's a tough call to make, but you didn't see us arguing. We just had to get focused on getting the kill.”
The Bobcats had already netted a 5-one-3 goal earlier in the game. But in six other attempts, St. Lawrence's penalty kill shut down the Bobcats, including Bogosian's into overtime.
“They're kill was great,” Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. “I thought their effort tonight was excellent. They were blocking shots and we had a tough time even getting shots on net.”
When Quinnipiac did get shots through, SLU goalie Robby Moss stopped them. He finished with 22 saves.
“I thought he played a fabulous game — one of the best I've seen him play,” Marsh said. “He made some huge saves. I look at it like a win. It was a big game for him.”
Moss allowed two goals, including one just 39 seconds into the game. He said giving up a goal that quickly isn't necessarily bad.
“It gets you into the game right away as opposed to thinking about the shutout,” Moss said. “After they scored, it kind of woke me up and I felt good.”
It took St. Lawrence (7-13-5 overall, 3-9-1 ECAC) until 7:15 of the second to knot the game at 1-1. Jared Keller caught Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell misplay a puck behind the net and fed Jacob Drewiske in front for an easy score.
“He made a great pass,” Drewiske said. “It was a big goal for our team. For some reason, so far this year, we're a much better team once we get a goal. It's not the best thing, but it's what we're dealing with right now.”
Quinnipiac (13-10-4, 6-6-3) regained the one-goal lead when Connor Jones converted a 5-on-3 power play at 3:21 of the third. But Drewiske again came up with the tying score at 8:12.
“Drewiske played an outstanding game,” Marsh said. “He had a fabulous game.”
St. Lawrence still hasn't found the one goal to get a win in seven straight ECAC contests. The last time the Saints held a lead of any kind was against Michigan Tech on Jan. 15 during a 6-0 win. The last time it led an ECAC opponent was Jan. 8 when it scored first against RPI before losing 5-3. The Saints haven't defeated a conference foe since Dec. 3, when they downed Quinnipiac, 6-4, on the road.
“It starts to wear on your psyche a little bit,” Drewiske said. “The reassuring thing for out team right now is we're playing really, really well. We're happy with the effort we're putting in, but we're making too many mistakes and that's costing us games right now.”
The tie does mean St. Lawrence earned one point in the conference standings and now has seven points to stay in 10th place. The Saints head back on the road next week to face Colgate and Cornell.
“Tonight, getting a point is huge,” Drewiske said. “We have to start somewhere and a tie is somewhere to start. We know we can work hard and play with anybody, we just haven't had the results we want. If we start to win some games and put a full 60 minutes together, our confidence will be sky high and I really believe we're going to be a dangerous team.”
Drewiske's second goal