Saints Drop Heartbreaker to Princeton in OT

Saints Drop Heartbreaker to Princeton in OT

Princeton's Luke Keenan deflected a shot at the edge of the crease with .6 seconds remaining in overtime to hand the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in ECAC Hockey action at SUNY Canton on Saturday night.

The win is the first for Princeton in conference play this season and also helped the Tigers stay in front of the Saints in the league standings.

Despite the unfortunate end, senior netminder Daniel Mannella was stellar in the pipes on Saturday, finishing with 31 saves, including 11 in the third period. He also made three saves in the overtime.

Princeton outshot the Saints 17-10 through 40 minutes but most the quality scoring chances, for both teams, came late in the third as the pace picked up the closer the game got to overtime.

With just under seven minutes to play in regulation, Mannella made a point-blank glove save on Princeton's Spencer Kersten after he split the defense on the left dot to keep things scoreless.

Less than 30 seconds later, the Tigers' Jeremie Forget flashed the right pad to stop Keenan Suthers on the doorstep when he one-timed a pass from rookie Ashton Fry.

Later in the third, this time with under 4:00 to play, Mannella laid out to stop Liam Gorman on a coast-to-coast attempt on the near post and Jake Stevens was able to bat the puck away from the open net and spring St. Lawrence going the other way.

On the ensuing rush into the zone, Forget made three consecutive saves to help send the game to overtime, the first two on Bo Hanson from the right circle and the third on Fry at the edge of the crease.

Forget made 22 saves for the Tigers on Saturday night, including six in the overtime, as St. Lawrence outshot Princeton 6-4 in the extra frame.

The eventual game-winning goal came after a Saints' turnover behind the net in the closing seconds of overtime. Corey Andonovski won a battle on the end boards and sent the puck to Jeremy Germain for a quick shot, which was finished off with the Keenan tip on the back door for the win.

With the loss, the Saints are now 1-5-3 in overtime games this season. Overall, they fall to 3-17-3 and 1-10-0 in conference play.

Princeton improves to 3-12-4 overall and 1-8-3 in ECAC Hockey games with the win.

Saturday's game was the last for St. Lawrence at SUNY Canton this season, as the Saints will play their remaining regular season home games at Appleton Arena beginning January 31.

St. Lawrence will travel to Harvard (Jan. 17) and Dartmouth (Jan. 18) next weekend for a pair of ECAC Hockey games.