CANTON, N.Y. — T.J. Trevelyan scored two goals, the second into an empty net, as St. Lawrence scored four unanswered goals for a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Harvard Friday night.
The Saints, now 7-6-1 overall and 3-3-0 in the ECACHL, snapped Harvard’s four-game win streak and dropped the Crimson to 4-3-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the ECACHL. The Saints exorcised some post-Thanksgiving and post-Clarkson game demons with the win over the Crimson.
SLU had not won the game after playing Clarkson in its last seven tries and was 2-15 on Thanksgiving weekend games going into Friday night.
“Each team is different, so in reality, that kind of statistic doesn’t really mean much,” said Saint coach Joe Marsh. “But tonight’s game was certainly one of our best post-Thanksgiving performances in quite a while. It was a gritty effort across the board against a very good hockey team.”
The Crimson were on the wrong end of a 14-8 shot count in the first period, but on the right end of a 2-0 score with an even-strength goal on a rebound by Tom Cavanagh, his fourth of the season, at 11:48 and a power-play blast from the point by Noah Welch four minutes later.
“Our guys did an excellent job defensively, but Harvard took advantage of its opportunities,” said Marsh. “You can’t fault Mike McKenna on either of the goals and we certainly had our share of chances at the other end. The guys didn’t get down about it and just kept on working hard.”
The Saints continued their shot domination in the second period, outshooting Harvard 11-2, and finally got a puck behind Crimson goalie Dov Grumet-Morris as Trevelyan picked the upper corner on a five-on-three power play at 5:08 to make it a 2-1 Harvard lead after two periods.
Stace Page pulled the Saints even 3:17 into the third period when he took a feed from defenseman Chase Trull and put the puck past Grumet-Morris and Drew Bagnall pinched in from the point and fired the puck into a wide-open net for the eventual game winner at 8:48.
Harvard pulled Grumet-Morris for the extra attacker in the final minute, but the Saints iced it when Trevelyan slid the puck into the net with one second remaining on the clock.
“Those were two huge goals for us,” Marsh said. “Chase did a great job in setting up Stace’s goal and Max Taylor made a nice play to get the puck to Drew for the go-ahead goal. Harvard really turned it up with the forecheck after we got the third one, and I think the guys did a pretty good job of alleviating pressure in our end, and Mike McKenna took care of the rest with a very strong period.”
Grumet-Morris finished with 33 saves for Harvard while senior Mike McKenna made 23 saves for the Saints, 15 of them in the third period.