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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — St. Lawrence University’s men’s hockey team squandered a prime opportunity to complete a weekend sweep on the road Saturday night.

After the Saints scored the game’s first two goals, Ferris State responded with five unanswered scores to down St. Lawrence, 5-3 in a nonconference game at Ewigleben Ice Arena.

The Saints (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season after they rallied from a two-goal deficit to edged the Bulldogs, 3-2 on Friday.

In this meeting, Ferris State’s comeback was sparked by special teams play as the Bulldogs (3-2) scored three power-play goals, including two in the third period, to take control.

“This was a reversal from (Friday) night’s game,” said St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel, “where tonight we really controlled the play for the first half of the game. I think that first period was as well as we’ve played, we and we really dominated play. But we let special teams be the difference in the game.”

Eric Sweetman, Matt Carey and Woody Hudson each scored their first collegiate goal for St. Lawrence.

“Once again, all of our goals were scored by first year players, which is nice to see,” Carvel said. “But we need some of our veteran guys to start scoring goals for us.”

With St. Lawrence leading 2-0 on Carey’s goal just 32 seconds into the second period, Ferris State’s Garrett Thompson scored a power-play goal on a one-timer that eluded goalie Matt Weninger, with Justin Buzzeo assisting at 2:07.

Buzzeo scored the tying goal by finishing off a pass from Thompson on a 3-on-1 break at 8:56 of the second.

Cory Kane tallied with the go-ahead goal by scoring on a breakaway 1:27 into the third period for a 3-2 Bulldogs’ lead.

Seth Adams and Andy Huff followed with a power-play goal each within a span of 5 1/2 minutes — and Adams’s goal was upheld by a video review. Huff then one-timed a pass from Scott Czarnowczan to chase Weninger at 8:53 for a 5-2 advantage.

Weninger finished with 16 saves on 21 shots and freshman Tyler Parks stopped the one shot he faced in 9:57 of work in his first collegiate appearance.

C.J. Motte made 31 saves for Ferris State, which has won seven of nine games in the all-time series with St. Lawrence.

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