Carey's OT Goal Lifts Saints To 4-3 Win at Yale
Carey, who had two goals in the 3-3 tie with Yale in Canton in January, did it again Friday and now has six goals and nine points in seven games against the Elis. His overtime winner, his first game winner of the season, gave the Saints two points out of a game in which they worked hard to build a lead only to see Yale come back to tie it in the third.
"Getting the win is huge," said Saint associate head coach Mike Hurlbut. "We played our best game in quite some time and coming away with less than two points would have been disappointing. This is one we can build on and get a roll going at the right time of the year.
Carey scored the game winner after Yale's Antoine Laganiere was called for a board at 2:09 of the overtime. Kyle Flanagan won the faceoff in the Yale zone, the puck went back to George Hughes at the point and Hughes relayed it back to Flanagan, who hit Carey at the bottom of the faceoff circle and Carey's one-timer whistled past Yale goalie Nic Maricic to end it.
SLU improves to 9-15-3 overall and 5-9-1 in league play and snapped a bunch of streaks with the win, including a 0-7-1 mark in league play since their 4-3 win over Harvard in November. Yale is now 9-11-2, 6-8-1 in league play
The Saints had to kill a five-on-three power play in the first five minutes of play, but other than that played their best initial 20 minutes since the previous meeting between the two teams on Jan. 14. The Saints held Yale's power play, ranked sixth nationally at 23.9 percent going into the game, scoreless in three chances with six of Yale's 14 first period shots coming on the five-on-three.
Yale opened the scoring at the 11:09 mark of the first period as junior wing Antoine Laganiere came out from along the end boards and snuck the puck past Weninger with a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circlefor his eighth of the year. The Saints came back to tie it just over five minutes later as Gunnar Hughes rifled a shot off the crossbar and Greg Carey corralled the rebound behind the Yale net. Carey came out from behind and tucked the puck under Yale goalie Nick Maricic's glove as he tried to cover the post at 16:26. Kyle Flanagan also assisted on the goal as the Saints broke a scoreless drought of 160:14 and came out of the first period tied 1-1
While the first period was a good one for the Saints, the second period was a great one as SLU outshot Yale 14-5 and took a 3-1 lead.
Defenseman Pete Child broke up a Yale rush and early in the second period and Jordan Dewey sent the puck out to the neutral zone where senior captain Jake Drewiske kicked it to his stick with his skate. Drewiske broke into the Yale zone, cut back to the middle and wristed a shot to the lower right corner of the net which Maricic just waved at as it sailed into the net for Drewiske's seventh of the season
Dewey started the second scoring play of the period as well as he fed Carey from the blue line and Carey cut through the slot before shooting. While Carey's shot was tipped in the air, Chris Martin pounced on the rebound and put it away for his ninth of the season and a 3-1 lead at 10:15.
Yale cut the lead to 3-2 at 8:06 of the third when Chad Ziegler was alone at the left post when a hit behind the net forced the puck free. Ziegler tucked in his sixth of the year to bring Yale within a goal, and with Maricic pulled for an extra attacker, Kenny Agostino scored his ninth of the season on a two-on-one, banking the shot in off the crossbar at 19:25.8.
Weninger was solid for the Saints, finishing with 30 saves against the potent Yale offense while Maricic had 29 saves for Yale.