Chris Fitz Gerald is a sportswriter for the Watertown Daily Times.
Chris has covered hockey over the course of three decades, with his past beats including Union College of the ECAC and the Albany River Rats of the AHL, as well coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals (2003), the NCAA Frozen Four (2001) and several NCAA Regionals and ECAC Tournaments.
After breaking in as a part-time writer at The Record in Troy, N.Y., in 1990, Chris worked at The Daily Editor in Cobleskill, N.Y., from 1992-94, before returning to The Record, where he served as a sportswriter from 1994-2010 and as a news reporter for a year. After working at the Glens Falls Post-Star as a news copy editor, Chris joined the Watertown Daily Times staff in May 2012.
A native of Scotia, N.Y., Chris is a graduate of the State University of New York's College at Brockport, where he majored in journalism and minored in history.
CANTON — Freshmen Christian Horn, Mike Marnell and Joe Sullivan each scored a goal and freshman goalie Kyle Hayton made 29 saves as St. Lawrence rolled past Brown, 5-2, on Saturday night to record its fourth consecutive ECAC Hockey victory before 1,834 at Appleton Arena.
The Saints (13-10-2, 9-4 ECAC) registered their third weekend sweep in conference play this season, including its second against Yale and Brown a night after defeating the No. 13-ranked Bulldogs, 3-2, in overtime Friday.
“We’re starting to get hot right now,” said Sullivan, a right wing who scored his first game-winning goal and contributed an assist. “It’s nice to see that we’re starting to get the bounces that we were getting in away games, so this is big for us.”
St. Lawrence remains in a tie for second place in the ECAC with Harvard, although the Saints hold the tiebreaker against the Crimson.
“I like this team,” said St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel, whose team has also won five of its past six games. “We continue to inch along and get a little bit better as the season goes along. We didn’t play great tonight, but when you get on a streak, the momentum works for you.”
Brown was also swept by St. Lawrence in the regular-season series for the first time since the 1991-92 season.
“It’s great to be able to contribute to the team like this,” said Marnell, who skates on left wing on a line with Sullivan and Brian Ward at center. “It’s definitely exciting, we’re playing great right now and we have to keep it up.”
Facing a struggling Bears team, Saints underclassmen had a hand in all five goals, capped by sophomore Woody Hudson’s tally in the third period, and totaled 11 points, including seven assists.
“Some guys are starting to come out of their shell and produce the way they can and it’s paying off for us, definitely,” said St. Lawrence senior captain Gunnar Hughes, who scored a power-play goal on a breakaway in the third period. “We saw at the beginning of the season how those guys can play — Sullivan, Marnell and Horn — they’re all skilled players who play fast.
“When we get our second line going, especially with guys like that, they’re hard to control.”
The Saints have nine ECAC games remaining, including a clash at rival Clarkson at 7 p.m. next Saturday.
CANTON — Freshman Mike Marnell scored two minutes, 43 seconds into overtime, with junior Brian Ward assisting, as St. Lawrence University rallied past No. 13 Yale for a 3-2 ECAC Hockey triumph at Appleton Arena.
After the Saints yielded Matt Killian’s go-ahead goal 8:19 into the third period, sophomore Christian Horn scored the game-tying goal on the power play with 1:13 remaining in regulation to set the stage for Marnell and Ward.
“I’d say this was the biggest game of the year for us,” Ward said. “That’s a Yale team that’s been hot and they were probably looking to exact revenge on us.”
Ward took the initial shot, which deflected off a Yale defender and the puck caromed in off the foot of Marnell, who recorded the first game-winning goal of his collegiate career.
“It hit my toe,” Marnell said of the goal, which was originally credited to Ward. “I don’t really care how we score goals, but that was a big one.”
Not only did the Saints record their first overtime win of the season, they continued their ascent in the ECAC standings.
St. Lawrence (12-10-2, 8-4-0), which has won three consecutive games, moved into a tie for second place with No. 4 Harvard, although the Saints own the tiebreaker with their 5-1 win over the Crimson last Saturday.
“To be down a goal with a minute to go and come out of that with two points is huge,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “Two points in the ECAC could be the difference in a couple spots come playoff time. It’s just a huge, huge win, especially against a really good team.”
St. Lawrence freshman goalie Kyle Hayton finished with the edge with 28 saves to out duel Yale’s Alex Lyon (29 saves).
Junior Tommy Thompson also scored for the Saints, who recorded their first regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs (11-5-2, 6-4-1) since the 2006-07 season.
St. Lawrence, in the midst of four home games over a five-game stretch, will host Brown at 7 tonight.
Freshman goalie Kyle Hayton made 46 saves to backstop St. Lawrence University to a 5-1 victory over No. 4 Harvard on Saturday night in an ECAC Hockey game at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
The Saints (11-10-2, 7-4 ECAC) completed a weekend week after edging Dartmouth, 3-2 on Friday,
St. Lawrence, which remains tied with Rensselaer for third place in the league, improved to 8-5-1 on the road this season, including 5-1 in conference road games.
“This was a huge weekend for us in a lot of ways,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “To get four points in the league on the road is great. We’ve done a hell of a job on the road so far, we’ve won five out of six on the road in the league so far.”
The Saints, which posted its highest-scoring output since capturing a 5-2 victory over Brown on Nov. 7, is just the second team this season to beat Harvard (11-3-2, 7-2-2).
“We played a Harvard team that was a little shorthanded, they were missing a couple of their better players,” Carvel said. “But we game out with a game plan and our guys executed it well. ... I think the difference in the game was our special teams, we scored two power-play goals.”
Hayton made 21 of his saves in the third period to secure the victory for the Saints.
“Kyle Hayton was simply outstanding for the weekend,” Carvel said.
St. Lawrence jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with three goals in the first period on goals from Gunnar Hughes, Gavin Bayreuther and Patrick Doherty.
Tyler Moy scored in the second period to pull Harvard within 3-1, but Brian Ward and Alexander Dahl scored in the third period for the Saints.
St. Lawrence went 2-for-3 on the power play while Havard scored one man-advantage goal from five opportunities.
The Saints are now 4-0-1 in their last five games against the Crimson and have won three straight at Harvard.
St. Lawrence will host Yale on Friday and Brown on Saturday, both 7 p.m. starts.
HANOVER, N.H. — The St. Lawrence University men’s hockey team continues to be road warriors this season in conference play.
Freshman goalie Kyle Hayton made 36 saves and the Saints received a goal from three different players in posting a 3-2 victory over Dartmouth College on Friday night in an ECAC Hockey encounter at Thompson Arena.
Gunnar Hughes, Brian Ward and Alexander Dahl each scored for St. Lawrence (10-10-2, 6-4).
With their fourth consecutive victory at Dartmouth, the Saints moved into a tie for third place in the ECAC with Rensselaer.
“It was a real big road win against a good hockey team,” said St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel, whose team is now 7-5-1 on the road this season, including 4-1 in the league. “It wasn’t a real pretty game either way, there was a lot of special teams play, a lot of penalties. ... But it was just a solid road win where we did what we had to do to win a game.”
Hayton made 28 of his saves in the last two periods, including 16 in the third, to hold off the Big Green (6-7-3, 3-5-1).
“I thought they made a real strong push and Kyle made some big saves throughout the game,” Carvel said. “It was just another consistent effort which he’s given us all year.”
Hughes provided the Saints with a 1-0 lead with an unassisted shorthanded goal 16 minutes, 23 seconds into the first period.
The goal by Hughes, who leads the team in goals with seven, was also his team-leading second shorthanded goal of the season.
Ward and Dahl each followed with a goal in the middle period as St. Lawrence built a 3-0 advantage.
After Ward scored 2:26 into the period on a one-timer of a Joe Sullivan feed, Dahl followed with his first goal of the season and the first game winner of his career, with Chris Martin assisting on the play at 11:24.
“I thought our fourth line was the difference tonight,” Carvel said. “They created energy and really got our team going on their shifts. Alex Dahl made a nice shot from the slot for the eventual game-winning goal.”
Dahl, a sophomore, was inserted into the lineup and skated on the fourth line with forward Sean McGovern sidelined with an illness.
Dartmouth broke through to pull within 3-1 on Eric Neiley’s goal with 3:25 remaining in the second period.
The Big Green closed to 3-2 on Brandon McNally’s tally with 1:29 remaining in regulation with goalie Charles Grant pulled for an extra attacker.
St. Lawrence went 0-for-5 on the power play, but held Dartmouth scoreless on all seven of its man-advantage opportunities.
Grant finished with 19 saves for the Big Green, who sit in 10th place in the league.
The Saints complete their weekend road trip at 7 tonight at No. 4 Harvard, which defeated Clarkson, 6-3 on Friday, in ECAC Hockey play.
CANTON — Darcy Murphy scored the game-winning goal in the second period and goalie Charlie Finn made 22 saves as No. 17-ranked Colgate University blanked St. Lawrence University, 2-0 on Saturday night in an ECAC Hockey game before a turnout of 1,426 at Appleton Arena.
Colgate (13-6-1, 5-2-1), which defeated Clarkson, 2-1 on Friday, secured a road sweep in northern New York for the second consecutive season.
“It didn’t happen very often before last year,” Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. “It’s a tough place to win in the north country, both teams up here compete so hard. We’re just fortunate to come out of here with a couple wins.”
Finn, who stopped all 12 shots faced in the third period, out dueled St. Lawrence freshman Kyle Hayton, who made 30 saves.
“Their goalie was outstanding, he made some huge saves for them in the third period,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said of Finn. “I thought he was the difference and got them two points tonight.”
Finn recorded his fourth shutout of the season and is now tied for the lead in the country with Hayton, and several others.
After grinding out a 3-1 victory over Cornell on Friday, St. Lawrence (9-10-2, 5-4-0) was shutout for just the second time this season, in a game which eclipsed only an hour and 53 minutes.
“That was a good game and that’s a good team,” Saints senior assistant captain Patrick Doherty said of Colgate. “That’s a team that we measure ourselves against, they’re one of the best in the country. It’s too bad we didn’t come out with a win, but I thought we played well tonight.”
After a penalty-free game through two periods, St. Lawrence went on the game’s only two power plays, coming up empty both times.
Tyson Spink added an empty net goal with 13 seconds remaining for Colgate, which moved into sole possession of third place in the ECAC.
St. Lawrence, which entered the night tied for third place in the league, now sits in a tie for fourth with Clarkson and Rensselaer.
Following a 22-minute opening period, the Raiders finally broke through on Murphy’s goal on a rush into the St. Lawrence zone as Murphy beat goalie Kyle Hayton from the right side 5:38 into the second period.
St. Lawrence plays at Dartmouth and Harvard next Friday and Saturday, both 7 p.m. starts.
CANTON — Defensemen Nolan Gluchoswki and Gavin Bayreuther each scored a goal within the first five minutes and St. Lawrence University went on to down Cornell, 3-1 in an ECAC Hockey game on Friday night at Appleton Arena.
With the victory, the Saints (9-9-2, 5-3) worked their way back to the .500 mark and also halted a six-game winless skid (0-5-1) dating back to November.
“I think this was huge,” Gluchowski, a freshman, said. “We went on that skid where we were playing well, but couldn’t get it done. So tonight, getting off the schneid is big for us, especially in a league game at home.”
Gluchowski scored just 1 minute, 45 seconds into the game. St. Lawrence led 2-0 on Bayreuther’s power-play goal 4:34 into the period.
Cornell (5-7-2, 3-4-0) broke through on Jacob MacDonald’s goal 8:10 into the third period.
Brian Ward added an empty-net goal in the final minute for St. Lawrence.
By winning its fifth league game of the season, the Saints moved up into a tie for third place with Clarkson, which will host Cornell tonight.
“It’s really big, we needed to come out with a win here,” Hayton said. “It’s a big weekend for us to get us back on track, especially getting back into ECAC play.”
The Saints killed off all four Cornell power plays, including the Big Red’s final man advantage within the last five minutes.
CANTON — Brady Shaw had a hand in both goals and goalie Mike Santaguida made 35 saves to record the shutout as No. 10-ranked Vermont downed St. Lawrence University, 2-0 on Saturday night in a nonconference game at Appleton Arena.
The Catamounts (13-3-1) swept the home-and-home series with the Saints (8-8-1) to extend their winning streak to six games.
St. Lawrence, which was shut out for the first time this season, has lost four consecutive games heading into its holiday break.
“We’re snake bit right now and are having a hard time scoring,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “Again, they’re a good hockey team and I think these are two teams that are pretty evenly matched.”
The Saints, who also reached the midway mark of its regular season, continued their offensive woes as they have scored only four goals over those four games.
The latest setback didn’t come because of a lack of chances as the Saints out shot Vermont, 35-29.
“I don’t mind the way our team is playing,” Carvel said. “I’m not upset with our team, we’re playing hard, we’re playing right. We’re following the game plan, it’s just pucks aren’t going in the net for us.”
Yet this is a small consolation for St. Lawrence, which has generated just a pair of goals in its past three games, including a 2-1 loss at Vermont on Friday.
Freshman goalie Kyle Hayton, who sat for the first time this season on Friday in favor of sophomore Tyler Parks, finished with 27 saves for the Saints.
The Catamounts led 1-0 as Kevin Irwin finished off a 2-on-1 break by sending a wrister past Hayton 14 minutes and seven seconds into the second period.
Vermont followed with the back-breaking tally on Shaw’s power-play goal as he tipped in a drive by Mike Paliotta 1:02 into the third period, with three seconds left on the man advantage.
The Saints, who broke a power-play slump with Brian Ward’s goal on Friday, still had their chances to break through in the third period, but went scoreless on two man advantages.
St. Lawrence finished 0-for-5 on the power play while Vermont cashed in on one of five opportunities.
The Saints are off until the new year as they’ll travel to face another Hockey East foe in Northeastern on Jan. 2-3.
“I think we’ve commanded some respect, where as in the beginning of the year nobody expected much from us,” Carvel said. “But I think we’re a tough team to play against and I don’t think we’re going to sneak up on anybody. ... But we’re going through a stretch now where we’ve got to realize that our game has got to get to another level, we’ve got to continue to get better.”
NOTES: St. Lawrence is 2-4-1 on home ice and 6-5 on the road. ... The Saints slipped to 1-5 after allowing the game’s first goal. ... St. Lawrence’s next home game will be on Jan. 9 against Cornell and it will host Colgate the next night, both 7 p.m. starts.
CANTON — Sophomores James de Haas and Jordan Boucher each scored in the second period, with Boucher generating the eventual game winner, and Clarkson University went on to grind out a 2-1 victory over St. Lawrence University in an ECAC Hockey encounter before a sellout crowd of 2,391 at Appleton Arena.
“I thought it was a typical SLU-Clarkson game, there were a lot of chances on both sides,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “But Steve was really good in net tonight and our penalty kill was really good. We do a good job of squashing teams and taking away second chances and I thought we did that tonight.”
In the last meeting, the Saints blanked the Golden Knights, 4-0 to halt a lengthy winless skid against their north country foes.
This time, Clarkson rebounded to edge past St. Lawrence to extend its unbeaten streak against its rival in ECAC play to nine games (8-0-1).
“Every win against them is special,” sophomore goalie Steve Perry said. “This is definitely a big win for us, especially in ECAC play.”
Perry stopped 21 of 22 shots faced to earn the win for Clarkson (6-7-4, 4-1-2).
“That’s our strength,” Jones said of Clarkson’s defensive success on this night.
Freshman netminder Kyle Hayton, who blanked Clarkson in a 4-0 decision in the previous meeting between the two teams on Nov. 1 in Potsdam, finished with 29 saves for the Saints (8-6-1, 4-3-0), who lost their second straight game.
“I thought we deserved a better fate tonight — but both teams played hard and played well,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “And that’s Clarkson’s style, they make it hard for you to get to the net and we only had 13 shots through the first two periods.”
After both teams entered Saturday tied for third place in the conference, Clarkson now sits alone in third place and St. Lawrence slipped into a tie for fifth with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
NOTES: St. Lawrence senior and captain Gunnar Hughes served the last game of his three-game suspension and should return for next Friday’s game at Vermont. The Saints will conclude the home-and-home series when they host the Catamounts at 7 p.m. next Saturday in Canton.
CANTON — Sophomore winger Sam Anas scored two goals, including the game winner in overtime, as No. 14 Quinnipiac rallied past St. Lawrence University, 3-2 on Saturday night in an ECAC Hockey game before a turnout of 1,450 at Appleton Arena.
Anas scored the tying goal with 3 minutes, 59 seconds remaining in regulation and followed with the deciding tally with 2:42 left in overtime.
“It’s very frustrating,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “ ... Just a couple mistakes allowed them to tie the game and win the game. We allowed their best player and their best goal-scorer to get two scoring chances like that and he made us pay.”
St. Lawrence (8-5-1, 4-2-0), which entered the night tied for first place in ECAC Hockey, suffered only its second league loss of the season.
“It’s tough, it’s game we easily could have had,” St. Lawrence assistant captain Patrick Doherty said. “Just a couple mental errors costs us and a couple bounces didn’t go our way at the end.”
Quinnipiac (8-3-1, 5-1-0), which stands alone in first place in the league, cooled off the Saints, who lost for just the second time in their past seven games (5-1-1).
With the Saints leading 2-1 and seemingly in control, Anas drew the Bobcats even as he knocked in a Matthew Peca rebound.
Then after Quinnipiac killed off a full two-minute St. Lawrence power play to begin overtime, Anas struck again as he collected in a pass from Justin Agosta and worked his way in unchecked, lifting a drive off the bottom of the crossbar and past freshman goalie Kyle Hayton (26 saves) for the game winner.
The Saints also suffered their first loss after leading through two periods (6-1).
Yet despite the loss, St. Lawrence stands tied for second place in the conference with three other teams – Harvard, Clarkson and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
After Quinnipiac led 1-0 on Tanner MacMaster’s goal at 11:06 of the first period, Doherty and freshman defenseman Matt Purmal each scored in the second period to provide the Saints with a 2-1 advantage.
CANTON — Supported by another strong defensive effort, freshman goaltender Kyle Hayton made 26 saves as St. Lawrence turned back Princeton, 3-0 on Friday night in an ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena.
“I feel really good,” Hayton said. “Defensively, we played very well and limited their shots and opportunities. We also blocked a lot of shots.”
Hayton posted his fourth shutout of the season to equal a school record held by three others.
“I think defensively we keep getting better, that was our fourth shutout of the year,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “I think outside of a couple breakdowns, we didn’t give up a lot.”
Hayton achieved this feat in just his 13th outing of the season as Hayton has started every game and has helped guide the Saints to a 8-4-1 record, including a 4-1 start in ECAC play.
“Kyle really shined tonight and in those kind of situations,” Carvel said. “He’s really the backbone of this team and when we do have breakdowns, he makes huge saves for us.”
Gavin Bayreuther, Christian Horn and Matt Purmal each scored a goal for St. Lawrence, which coupled with Clarkson’s 2-1 victory over Quinnipiac, moved into a four-way tie for first place in the league with the Bobcats, Harvard and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Saints successfully limited the struggling Tigers’ scoring chances, but when tested, Hayton came through, including stopping a pair of breakaways.
St. Lawrence played without seniors Gunnar Hughes and Chris Martin who were each serving suspensions stemming from a scrum after last Saturday’s win at Cornell.
The Saints will next tangle with Quinnipiac tonight at 7 at Appleton Arena.
NOTES: The last time a Saints goalie posted four shutouts in a season was nearly 50 years ago when Bob Perani tied the school record in the 1965-66 season, following Bill Sloan (1955-56) and Richie Broadbelt (1962-63). ... Hughes still has two games remaining on his suspension, while Martin is eligible to return tonight. ... St. Lawrence improves to 2-1-1 at home and is 6-3-0 on the road.