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St. Lawrence routs Princeton, 7-1

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Patrick Doherty scored the game’s first two goals and defenseman Gavin Bayreuther registered four assists as the St. Lawrence University hockey team generated a season-high 50 shots on goal en route to recording a 7-1 rout of Princeton on Friday night in an ECAC Hockey game at Hobey Baker Rink.

Justin Baker registered his second consecutive three-point night with a goal and two assists for the Saints (10-14-3, 4-8-3), who have won two of their past three games after managing only one point in its previous 10 games heading into last weekend.

Matt Weninger made 24 saves to record the win for St. Lawrence, which allowed only eight shots on goal in each of the last two periods.

Woody Hudson, Gunnar Hughes and Brian Ward each tallied a goal and an assist and Matt Carey scored a power-play goal for the ninth-place Saints, who generated their largest offensive output since an 8-5 win at Dartmouth on Nov. 9.

Colton Phinney stopped 43 shots for last-place Princeton (4-18-0, 3-12-0).

St. Lawrence has won five consecutive games at Princeton and are 6-0-1 in their past seven games against the Tigers.

The Saints converted on two of six power-play chances, while allowing a man-advantage goal from three opportunities.

St. Lawrence also picked up ground in the chase for playoff positioning in the conference as it moved within two points of both Brown and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who both lost on Friday to remain tied for eighth place.

The Saints play at No. 3-ranked Quinnipiac at 7 tonight.

NOTES: St. Lawrence, which improved to 6-6-3 on the road, lost freshman defenseman Mike Graham to injury in the second period ... Carey, who is tied for national lead among first-year players in goals, scored his team-leading 16th goal ... Older brother Greg Carey was held without a point for the second straight game. ... Baker, now has two goals and four assists over his last two games, and Bayreuther are now tied for second place in the country among defensemen in points (26) and points per game (0.96).

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