First-year winger Aleksi Peltonen scored a pair of power play goals and Daniel Mannella made 27 saves as the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team battled Holy Cross to a 2-2 tie in non-conference action in Worcester, Massachusetts on Friday night.
Peltonen recorded both his first career goal and first multi-point game against the Crusaders, as did junior captain Dylan Woolf who finished with a pair of assists.
"It was well-deserved, I thought he played well all night and did a lot of good things – worked hard away from the puck to earn the puck and I was just real happy with his game so to be rewarded with that I thought was justice for sure," Charles W. Appleton II Head Coach Brent Brekke said of Peltonen. "He's played well – he's had a great start to the year – so I was glad to see him get on the scoresheet with a couple tonight."
Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead at the 7:39 mark of the opening frame with the lone 5-on-5 goal of the game, as Neil Robinson cashed in on a turnover off the wall deep in the Saints zone and beat Mannella with a one-timer from the left circle.
Just over four minutes later, Peltonen tied the game at 1-1 with his first career tally from the right circle just 15 seconds into the Saints' first power play opportunity of the game with Zach Risteau and Woolf assisting on the play.
The Saints found themselves in penalty trouble in the second period with back-to-back-to-back kills on calls stemming from plays after the whistle. While they were successful on the first two, Holy Cross cashed in to take a 2-1 lead with 20 seconds remaining on the third, Logan Ferguson beat Mannella high on the glove side with a rip from the left dot at the 9:31 mark of the middle frame.
"We have to be disciplined, we continue to talk about it and address it and it's been the difference in games so far this year," Brekke said. "We took two identical penalties back-to-back and it was the same exact call – just needless, so we can't be doing that - and then we took another that we shouldn't have taken either. We told the guys 'you do a great job on the kill, but at some point the dam is going to break,' and that's what happened. So discipline is going to continue to be at the top of our list of things to address."
The team's started the third period skating four aside and each had an additional penalty to kill before Peltonen pulled the Saints even yet again with his second of the game at 10:47 to help force overtime.
Woolf set the Helsinki, Finland native up for a rip from the right circle that beat Crusaders' netminder Matt Radomsky high on the blocker side, with David Jankowski picking up the secondary assist.
Randomsky finished with 21 saves for Holy Cross, while Mannella stopped 27 for St. Lawrence, including six while the Saints were shorthanded and three in the overtime.
"He made big saves at crucial times," Brekke said of Mannella. "I think he'd probably like to have that power play goal back…but he made a lot of good saves that put us in a position to change momentum in the third and into overtime and help take control, so it was a good night for him."
Both teams finished with three shots in the extra frame, though the best chance for St. Lawrence didn't count towards that total as Keenan Suthers set Woolf up for a redirect on the back door that went just wide.
With the tie, the Saints move to 1-3-1 on the year, while Holy Cross finishes the weekend at 1-1-2.
St. Lawrence will travel to Waltham, Massachusetts to take on Bentley University on Saturday night at 7 p.m.