HAMDEN, Conn. — Sophomore Robby Moss made 39 saves and Greg Carey scored twice for St. Lawrence, which recorded just its third win of the season, a 6-4 decision at Quinnipiac on Friday.
Two first-period goals in nine seconds got St. Lawrence on its way.
“Wins have been tough for us to come by here, but I think our guys played real hard and got off to a great start,” Saints coach Joe Marsh said.
Carey and Kyle Essery put the Saints up 2-0 in the game’s first four minutes.
Carey snuck a shot through Quinnipiac goaltender Eric Hartzell’s pads. Just nine seconds later, Essery scored on a two-on-one break with Peter Child.
Quinnipiac cut the lead in half just 17 seconds later as sophomore Russell Goodman ripped a burning one-timer top shelf past Moss’ glove.
The Bobcats weren’t done. They tied the score 7:49 into the first period when Mike Dalhuisen found an open Jeremy Langlois on the doorstep just to the left of Moss, and Langlois’ netted his third goal of the season.
Quinnipiac’s offense continued its hot streak into the second period, taking a 3-2 lead just over seven minutes into the period on a deflection from junior captain Scott Zurevinski.
Just as time expired on a tripping call against the Saints’ Max Mobley, Kellen Jones connected with sophomore Zach Davies at the right point. Mobley couldn’t reach Davies in time as he fired a slap shot on net that Zurevinski deflected for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
“A couple of weeks ago I think we would have been shaky when Quinnipiac came back, but we are a different team now,” Marsh said. “This is big to come down here and take two points out of this building.”
St. Lawrence answered right back at the 11:21 mark of the period when sophomore George Hughes picked up his first collegiate goal and more importantly tied the game at 3-3. Mobley fed the puck to the far side point to senior Aaron Bogosian, who sent it near side to Hughes for a slap shot.
Thirty-three seconds of a power play and an errant clearing pass were all the Saints needed to go ahead late in the second.
Hartzell came out of his net to play a St. Lawrence dump-in pass but went tape-to-tape with the Saints’ Kyle Flanagan, who wristed the puck into the open net.
After the fourth goal, Hartzell was pulled for junior netminder Dan Clarke for the second straight game.
Just 23 seconds into the third period, the Bobcats found themselves on the other end of three unanswered goals when Carey scored his second of the night for St. Lawrence. Bogosian took the puck from the near side corner and sent it to the high slot where Carey was able to rip a wrist shot past Clarke.
A few minutes later, the Bobcats cut the Saints’ lead to one goal when Davies who fired home a slap shot from the point for his first goal of the season.
Quinnipiac had one last hack at it as the Bobcats pulled Clarke with 1:24 left for the six-on-five advantage. But St. Lawrence put the finishing touches on the night as Bogosian forced a turnover and sent a wrist shot into the open Quinnipiac net.
It wasn’t all negative for the Bobcats, who have had trouble scoring this season.
“I thought we played well offensively tonight,” Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. “We scored four goals and we could have had a few more.”
The Bobcats fell to 7-7-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the conference, while St. Lawrence improved to 3-7-3 and 3-3-0 in ECAC play.
Marsh isn’t sold on records or standings. “Standings show where you have been, not where you are going,” he said.