I'm working on more details about head coach Joe Marsh, who had surgery on Thursday that prevented him from attending the games this weekend. I was aware he had doctors appointments, but did not anticipate — nor told — that he would miss a game. I hope to learn more tonight or during the day tomorrow.
PROVIDENCE, RI — Freshman Garnet Hathaway scored his fourth goal of the season just 1:49 into the third period and it stood up as the game winner as Brown University tipped St. Lawrence 2-1 in a ECAC Hockey game at Meehan Auditorium Friday night.
Brown (7-7-4 overall, 5-5-1 ECAC) will face Clarkson today, while the Saints (7-11-4, 3-7-0) end their long road trip against No. 1 Yale tonight.
Brown’s home win marked the 19th consecutive year in which the Bears took a point from St. Lawrence during the ECAC regular season. This was the first meeting between the two this season. The next is Feb. 12 at Appleton Arena in Canton.
The Saints are without head coach Joe Marsh for the duration of the weekend. Marsh missed Friday’s game and will miss today’s contest as he recovers from a Thursday surgery. Marsh will remain in the hospital for observation over the weekend and hopes to return to the team early next week. Associate head coach Bob Pier coached the team in Marsh’s absence.
“It was a very competitive hockey game and our guys played tough,” said Prier. “This has always been a tough place for us to play, and certainly the way things started, we could have been in trouble, but we were able to take things in stride and battle our way right back into it.”
It didn’t take long for the Bears to hit the scoreboard as Brown was awarded a penalty shot just 26 seconds into the game and Jack Maclellan converted for the only goal in what was an otherwise even first period. The Bears had a 11-10 edge in shots on goal and the Saints killed off a trio of Brown power plays.
The Saints came back to tie the game at 6:21 of the second period as sophomore defenseman George Hughes scored his third of the season from Aaron Bogosian, beating goalie Mike Clemente with a hard shot to the upper corner.
Hathaway’s game-winner came just four seconds after the Saints had killed off a power play and was set up by Jesse Fratkin and Chris Zaires. The Bears outshot the Saints 8-1 in the first 10 minutes of the third, and while the Saints pressed to pull even, they could not find the equalizer.
Brown finished with a 29-26 edge in shots on goal with Clemente making 25 saves and SLU goalie Matt Weninger stopping 27. It was the 11th time in 17 starts that the Saints have scored two or fewer goals in a start by Weninger.