CANTON, N.Y. — The last thing goal-starved St. Lawrence needed to see was the nation’s hottest goalie.
UMass-Lowell senior goaltender Cam McCormick won his seventh straight game and posted his fifth shutout of the season as he made 27 saves to backstop the River Hawks to a 4-0 win over the Saints at Appleton Arena Friday night. It was the fourth straight loss for the Saints, who have scored just four goals during that streak.
McCormick, who went into the game with a 0.60 goals against average and a .970 save percentage, improved to 8-0 on the season and recorded his third shutout in his last four starts as the sixth-ranked River Hawks improved to 11-2 overall.
“You can tell just by looking at him that he is playing with a lot of confidence,” said Saint coach Joe Marsh. “We tested him a couple of times and he made it look easy.”
The River Hawks opened the scoring at 9:05 of the first period when sophomore center Anders Strome took the puck from freshman winger Niklas Storm, walked out of the corner and snapped a wrist shot past Saint goalie Kevin Ackley. It went to 2-0 just 2:01 later when senior center Dan Fontas controlled the puck after his own faceoff win and then walked in on Ackley before tucking the puck behind him.
A Saint defensive mistake set up the River Hawks’ third goal as a clearing pass by a Saint defender went right to senior wing Yorick Treille in the short slot, and Treille ripped a slapshot which went just under the crossbar at 17:37 of the second period.
The River Hawks completed the scoring at 10:52 of the third period as junior defenseman Darryl Green fired a shot which Ackley kicked out, but the rebound bounced back into the net off the skate of a Saint defender.