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TGIF: St. Lawrence gets first conference win

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HAMILTON — The St. Lawrence University men’s hockey team continued its success on Friday nights and as a result broke into the win column in conference play.

Justin Baker and Greg Carey each scored a power-play goal in the second period and the Saints went on to defeat Colgate, 4-2 at Starr Rink to record their first victory in ECAC Hockey play this season.

Goalie Matt Weninger made 31 saves as St. Lawrence (7-4-2 overall, 1-2-2 conference) snapped a four-game winless skid in league play.

“We played real well tonight, like we’ve done on quite a few Friday nights now,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “This was important for us to get this first league win.”

Baker, a junior defenseman, totaled three points, including a pair of assists, and senior captain Kyle Flanagan registered three assists for the Saints, who improved to 5-0-2 in Friday games this season.

The Saints seized a 2-0 lead in the first period with two goals within a span of one minute, 27 seconds.

First, Jeremy Wick scored on a break into the Colgate zone by snapping the puck under the crossbar at 8 minutes, 10 seconds.

St. Lawrence then capitalized on a turnover as Patrick Doherty finished off a pass from Flanagan at 9:37.

After Tyson Spink scored a power-play goal at 13:56 to pull Colgate (6-7-2, 2-4-1) within one, the Saints responded by scoring the game’s next two goals.

Flanagan set up three consecutive goals, including the power-play tallies by Baker and Carey.

Baker converted on a 5-on-3 power play by tipping in a pass past Colgate goalie Spencer Finney at 14:26 of the second period.

“Our power play was effective and did well as it should for us,” Carvel said. “Those were some really big goals for us.”

Carey followed with his man-advantage goal late in the third period as he took a Flanagan feed and snapped a wrist shot past Finney at 17:57 for a 4-1 St. Lawrence advantage.

“I like the fact that we went into the third period with a two-goal lead and we continued to play real well with that lead,” Carvel said.

Weninger kept the Raiders at bay by stopping all 15 shots he faced in the second period.

“Matt played another tremendous game for us,” Carvel said. “Colgate outshot us, but he really kept us on top.”

Mike McCann pulled Colgate to within 4-2 on his goal at 18:59 of the final period.

The Saints will now look to carry over this momentum at 7 tonight at Cornell.

“Now we have to come through and play a good Saturday game against a tough team,” Carvel said.

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