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Timely special teams play finished off a special weekend for the St. Lawrence University hockey team.

The Saints scored three-power play goals and their penalty killing was perfect for the second consecutive night as St. Lawrence held off Princeton to record a 3-2 ECAC Hockey victory on Saturday at Hobey Baker Rink.

With their third straight victory, the Saints (15-11-4, 8-6-4), who upended No. 1-ranked Quinnipiac, 2-1 on Friday, completed their second road weekend sweep in league play over the past month.

Junior goalie Matt Weninger made 35 saves to record the win for St. Lawrence, which improves to 7-1-2 over its past 10 games, all in conference play.

“We just continue to play real well,” said St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel, whose team killed off all eight Princeton power plays. “We got those three power-play goals and our goaltending was solid. ... We got in penalty trouble in the third, but our penalty killing was outstanding.”

With their fourth straight road win, the Saints, who entered the week in a sixth-place tie in the ECAC, moved into a tie for third place with Union. With four games remaining in its league schedule, St. Lawrence currently holds the tiebreaker against the Dutchmen.

“It’s a big weekend for us in so many different ways,” Carvel said. “We knocked off Quinnipiac and gave this team a lot of legitimacy and a lot of confidence that we can play against any team in the country. We got four points on the road, which is very difficult to do. But the most important thing is I see our team getting better and better each night.”

Greg Carey, who extended his goal-streak to nine games with his nation-leading 23rd goal, Justin Baker and Jeremy Wick each scored a power-play goal for St. Lawrence, which has tallied three man-advantage goals in three of its past four games.

The Saints’ penalty kill didn’t allow a goal for the second straight game, killing off all 13 power plays it faced over this span.

This included blanking the Tigers on all four of their man advantages in the third period.

“The story of the game was our penalty killing,” Carvel said. “It was a focus for us, especially after last weekend when we gave up four or five power-play goals. This weekend we didn’t give up any ... we did a great job against them getting the puck out of our zone and blocking shots.”

Weninger, who made 31 saves in the win at Quinnipiac, stopped 12 of 14 shots faced in the third period to hold off Princeton.

Wick finished with a goal and an assist and Kyle Flanagan contributed two assists for the Saints, who are unbeaten in their past six meetings (5-0-1) against the Tigers (9-12-4, 7-8-3).

Bonar stopped 28 of 31 shots faced for Princeton, which slipped into a tie for seventh place with Clarkson.

The Saints will host Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday, both at 7 p.m,, in their final two regular-season home games.

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