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Brown rallies to tie St. Lawrence, 3-3

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Brown scored three unanswered goals — including two in third period — to rally and tie St. Lawrence 3-3 on Friday night at Meehan Auditorium in the Saints’ ECAC Hockey season opener.

St. Lawrence (5-1-1, 0-0-1), which had its four-game winning streak halted, squandered a 3-0 advantage it had built in the second period.

“It’s disappointing,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “We had a 3-0 lead and had the game completely in control and allowed a goal late in the second period. Giving up a goal like that to your opponent gives them some life and they had that going into the third period.”

Trailing by three goals, Taki Pantziris scored in the final minute of the middle period for the Bears (1-3-1, 0-2-1) and Matt Lorito and Nick Lappin followed with a goal each within a span of 3 1/2 minutes early in the third period, including a power-play tally by Lappin at 5:44 to draw even.

Goalie Anthony Borelli, who replaced Brown starter Marco De Filippo in the second period, stopped all eight shots he faced to earn a point from the tie.

Matt Weninger made 34 saves, including seven in overtime, for St. Lawrence.

“They thought they had scored, but the video showed they had pushed Matt out of the way,” Carvel said. “Matt came up big for us and he was one of our best players tonight.”

Brown appeared to have scored the game winner in the extra session, but the goal was waved off after a video review.

The Saints took a 1-0 advantage on Jeremy Wick’s goal at 18:53 of the first period. Kyle Flanagan followed with a power-play goal at 11:55 of the second period and Justin Bruckel followed with his first collegiate goal at 15:45 to stake St. Lawrence to a three-goal lead.

St. Lawrence, now 4-1-1 on the road — continues conference play with a game at Yale at 7 tonight. St. Lawrence returns to action at Yale at 7 tonight.

“I think we learned a lesson tonight the hard way in our first league game,” Carvel concluded. “We have to play hard and consistently for the whole 60 minutes like we have been doing.”

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