St. Lawrence ties with Union

The St. Lawrence University men's hockey team raced out to a 2-0 lead with two first-period goals at Messa Rink in Schenectady on Friday night, but No. 15/16 ranked Union responded with a goal in the second and another in the third as the ECAC Hockey contest ended in a 2-2 tie.

The Saints moved to 5-4-2 overall, 2-0-1 in ECAC Hockey play, while the Dutchmen are now 8-2-2, 5-0-1.

"It was a hard fought game," said Saints' head coach Mark Morris. "It would've been nice to close Union out in the third, but we took some poor penalties which sapped our offensive punch. It's no fun playing on your heels." 

Nolan Gluchowski got the Saints' offense started with a shorthanded goal — the Saints' third shorthanded goal of the season — off assists from Alexander Dahl and Joe Sullivan. It was Gluchowski's first goal of the season.

Mike Marnell increased the edge to two goals less than three minutes later off assists from Will Harrison and Matt Purmal.

Union's Sebastian Vidmar cut the lead to one at the 6:16 mark of the second period, and Spencer Foo tied the game with a power play goal with less than three minutes into the third period. Foo had an assist on the Dutchmen's first goal, while Mike Vecchione assisted on both goals for the Dutchmen.

"Credit Union with a gutsy response after we had them down by two goals early in the game," said Morris. "We hope to learn from this one and focus on tomorrow night at RPI."

Union was 1-for-6 on the power play, while St. Lawrence was scoreless in three power play opportunities.

Kyle Hayton, who was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week on Tuesday, made 27 saves for the Saints, while Alex Sakellaropoulos made 23 saves for the Dutchmen.

The Saints will wrap up the weekend at Rensselaer on Saturday at 7 p.m.