CANTON, N.Y. — CANTON, NY”Freshman Jordan Inglis snapped a shot just under the crossbar
with 7:05 gone in the third period and sophomore goaltender Brett
Bothwell made it stand up as the game winner as Wayne State turned back
St. Lawrence University 3-2 in an NCAA Division I hockey game at SLUs
Appleton Arena Friday night.
Wayne State improves to 3-7-1 on the season while St. Lawrence is now
4-7-2. The two teams will play a rematch Saturday evening.
It was an all-too-familiar story for St. Lawrence which once again
dominated the game, outshooting Wayne State 44-15, but came up a goal short.
We just have to keep plugging away at things and hopefully it will turn
itself around, said Saint coach Joe Marsh. The guys are working hard,
but it can be frustrating when you keep coming up just a little short.
The Warriors opened the scoring 1:37 into the second period as Mike
Forgie finished off a two-on-one rush with his fourth goal of the season
right after the expiration of a Saint power play. It went to 2-0 at the
17:55 mark of the second when freshman Tyler Ruel scored his second
collegiate goal from close range as his shot from right next to the post
hit the shoulder of Saint goalie Kain Tisi and tumbled into the net.
Warrior defenseman Jeff Caister, a game-time decision as far as
availability due to injury, had a big night for Wayne State as he
assisted on all three goals and blocked several shots as Wayne State
frustrated the Saints in their efforts to get second shots in close.
The Saints finally got on the board at 3:16 of the third period when
junior Brock McBride buried his fourth of the year off a quick centering
pass from Sean Flanagan with Mike McKenzie also assisting on the play.
The Saints outshot Wayne State 7-0 in the first seven minutes of the
period, but the Warriors first shot of the final period ended up in the
net when Inglis took a pass from Dylan Exton and gunned a shot which
Tisi was helpless to stop.
SLU answered right back as Jeremiah Cunningham tipped a shot by Matt
Generous for his second of the year, but that was the only other shot to
get past Bothwell, who made 42 saves for the Warriors.
The Saints had a late scramble with just under two minutes to go, but Bothwell was able to glove the puck out of the air just before it crossed the goal line
while on his back and while the Saints pulled Tisi for an extra attacker
in the final minute, they couldnt tie it up.