CANTON, N.Y. — Michigan Tech (7–5–1 overall, 5–4–1 WCHA) could not complete the rally after being left with a three goal deficit against St. Lawrence (5–6–0 overall, 4–2–0 ECAC) to start the third period. A goal with 13 seconds remaining by Tanner Kero was not enough as the Huskies fell 3–2 on Friday night.
Kyle Essery got St. Lawrence on the board 10:03 into the first period. Daniel Sova stumbled at the offensive blue line, which set up a 2-on-1 for the Saints.
“I thought we played pretty well at the start, it was an even game and then we had an unfortunate mistake,” Huskies coach Mel Pearson said. “That gave (St. Lawrence) some momentum.”
With 3:40 remaining in the first period Chris Baker notched another goal for the Saints on a pass to the slot by Justin Baker.
Essery scored the game-winning goal with 8:39 gone in the 2nd period off an odd angle shot that snuck past goaltender Josh Robinson. Robinson stopped 19 shots on the evening.
In the third period Brett Olson kicked off the Huskies comeback attempt at 12:03 with power play goal. He tipped in a shot from the point by Ryan Furne past Saints goaltender Matt Weninger.
A pass from behind the net by David Johnstone with the extra attacker on put the Huskies within one with the goal by Tanner Kero. However, the 13 remaining seconds were not enough to complete the comeback.
“We played with much more urgency in the third period, we have to learn as a team to play that way from the beginning of the game to the end of the game,” said Pearson.
The Huskies outshot the Saints 35–22, but Michigan Tech struggled to beat the hot hand of Weninger.