Union Allows Three 1st Period Goals, Loses to St. Lawrence

Posted at: 02/09/2013 10:15 PM

CANTON, NY – Junior defenseman Mat Bodie had a goal and an assist to match Lane Caffaro ’09 for the school record for career points by a defenseman, but No. 18 men’s hockey (13-10-5, 6-6-4 ECAC Hockey) fell, 4-2, to St. Lawrence (13-11-4, 6-6-4 ECAC Hockey) in front of 1,362 fans at Appleton Arena.

Union outshot St. Lawrence 41-28 for the night, but allowed three power play goals in a game for the first time all season, including two in the first period, as St. Lawrence built a 3-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of play. Bodie scored a power play goal late in the second period, and junior forward Daniel Carr added a power play goal at 2:25 of the third period to cut the St. Lawrence lead to 3-2.

St. Lawrence’s Jeremy Wick was called for tripping at the :31 mark of the third period, giving the Dutchmen their fifth power play opportunity of the game. With time winding down on the man advantage, Bodie fed Carr at the top of the right circle, and Carr fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of St. Lawrence goaltender Matt Weninger (39 saves) to cut the Saints lead to 3-2. With the assist, Bodie matched Caffaro with 79 career points (18 goals, 61 assists) for points by a Union defenseman in the Division I era.

Sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere had Union’s best chance to even the score, taking a cross-ice pass at the point and skating into open space for a low slap shot that Weninger gloved at 7:11.

Freshman defenseman Sebastien Gingras was called for tripping at 9:11, and Wick drove the net, flipping the puck over Grosenick at 9:46 on the ensuing power play to put St. Lawrence back in front by two goals.

St. Lawrence finished the night 3-for-8 on the man advantage, while Union went 2-of-6 on the power play for the night.

The Dutchmen found themselves in an early hole after allowing three goals in a first period for the first time since Nov. 12, 2011 (4-0 loss to Yale). Grosenick was chased from the net for the second consecutive night after allowing two goals just under four minutes apart later in the first period.

Union allowed power play goals on both man-up opportunities for St. Lawrence in the frame.

With sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere in the penalty box for tripping, junior forward Greg Carey broke the scoreless tie at 12:19, curling off the wall in the corner and beating Grosenick under the arm for his team-leading 20th goal of the season.

Minutes later, miscommunication between Grosenick and Gostisbehere playing a puck led to possession for St. Lawrence’s Kyle Essery. Essery made a quick pass in front to Tommy Thompson, who skated around Grosenick and fired into an open net at 16:14.

Sophomore goaltender Colin Stevens replaced Grosenick for the second consecutive night, but fared no better on St. Lawrence’s second power play of the period, as Gostisbehere was called for slashing at 17:22. SLU’s Gunnar Hughed pounced on a rebound of a Pat Raley shot at 18:56 to give the Saints a 3-0 lead heading into the break.

Grosenick returned in net for a wild second period saw both teams with four power play opportunities in the frame.

Union had 10 seconds of a 2-man advantage with Jeremy Wick (3:08, tripping) and George Hughes (4:58, slashing) both in the penalty box for St. Lawrence. Gostisbehere had Union’s best chance, firing a puck off the shoulder of Weninger just as Wick’s penalty expired.

Grosenick made two outstanding stops with St. Lawrence on the power play later in the period, the first a pad save on a Wick shot from the slot and the second a glove save on Carey moments later.

Union finally capitalized on their fourth power play of the frame with Austin Riley in the penalty box at 15:00 for roughing.

Bodie took a pass from sophomore forward Max Novak just inside the blue line and fired a wrist shot through traffic past Weninger at 15:34, giving the Dutchmen momentum heading into the third period.

Union returns to Messa Rink next weekend starting on Friday night with a contest against nationally-ranked Yale at 7:00 p.m.