NEW HAVEN, CONN. — Yale’s Kenny Agostino snapped a scoreless deadlock with the game’s first goal at 12:40 of the second period, sending the top-ranked Bulldogs to a 4-1 victory over ECAC foe St. Lawrence at Ingalls Rink on Saturday.
Yale (17-2 overall, 11-1 ECAC) haded St. Lawrence (7-12-4, 3-8-0) its second loss in a row. The Saints finised their eight-game road trip with a 3-4-1 record and will play Princeton and Quinnipiac in its first home games since Dec. 18 next weekend.
St. Lawrence head coach Joe Marsh was absent this weekend after suffering complications from a scheduled surgery performed Thursday. He is hospitalized through the weekend and hopes to be with the team early this week. Associate head coach Bob Prier filled in behind the bench.
The Saints came out strong in Saturday’s game, outshooting Yale 12-6, but could not solve goaltender Ryan Rondeau, who stopped all 12 shots in his busiest period of a 29-save night.
“We played with a lot of energy and came out hard, but Rondeau made some good saves and we had a couple of other good scoring chances go wide,” Prier said. “Yale is a highly skilled team and explosive offensively. We saw that as the game went along, and they are not a team you can get into a hole against and try to come back..”
After Agostino’s goal in the second period, the Bulldogs opened the third with back-to-back scores to take a 3-0 lead. Mike Matczak scored his second of the season from Jimmy Martin and Brendon Mason 4:22 into the third to give Yale a 2-0 lead. The third score came at 8:44 of the third when Agostino scored his second of the game and seventh of the year from Chris Cahill and Andrew Miller on a power play.
Kyle Flanagan scored his eighth of the season from Aaron Bogosian and Greg Carey with 1:38 to go to, putting the Saints on the board. Yale sealed the victory with an empty net goal by Brian O’Neill from Mason and Cahill with 36 seconds to play.
St. Lawrence goalie Matt Weninger finished with 32 saves in another solid effort as the Saints were outshot 36-29 with 10 of Yale’s shots coming on seven power-play opportunities.