It was not the conclusion to the ECAC Hockey road trip St. Lawrence wanted. The Saints left the Capitol District without scoring a goal.
No. 14 Union moved into first place in the conference after blowing out the Saints, 6-0, on Saturday. St. Lawrence also lost to RPI, 4-0, on Friday and is currently tied with Engineers for last place.
The Saints (8-15-3 overall, 4-9-1 ECAC) have not scored against Union in two meetings this season. The loss was the fourth straight for SLU, which hasn’t won since Jan. 6 against Minnesota State.
It was also the first time since the 2003-04 season that St. Lawrence suffered back-to-back shutouts. The Saints haven’t scored in 143 minutes, 48 seconds of hockey. Their last goal came via Chris Martin at 16:12 of the second period against Clarkson on Jan. 21.
“Going into Union when you’re struggling is not going to cure your ills,” SLU associate head coach Mike Hurlbut said. “They don’t give you a lot defensively, and while I thought we did some things a lot better than we did last night at RPI, we made some mistakes that they capitalized on.”
Troy Grosenick needed 26 saves to post his fourth shutout this season for Union (15-6-6, 9-3-3). He leads the nation in goals against average (1.58) and save percentage (.940).
Not that it would have mattered against St. Lawrence. Union struck for two goals in the first period.
Kelly Zajac started it at 10:30 off a swift pass from Wayne Simpson through the crease. Three minutes later, Jeremy Welsh netted his team-leading 18th goal off a St. Lawrence turnover.
The Saints were held to just four shots on goal, two of which came from outside the Union zone, in the first period. It marked the fifth straight game SLU did not record double-digit shots in the opening 20 minutes.
The Saints managed 11 shots on net in the second period, while union extended its lead to 3-0 when Mat Bodie scored with just four seconds left.
Massena native Matt Hatch put the game away at 3:39 of the third with Union’s fourth goal. He added one more score in the period. Max Novak also scored for Union.