HAMILTON — A nearly flawless special teams performance and a 24-save shutout by goalie Robby Moss lifted St. Lawrence to a 4-0 win at Colgate Friday night, snapping a seven-game ECAC winless streak.
Senior Nick Pitsikoulis scored twice, and George Hughes had a goal and an assist as the Saints went three for five on the power play. St. Lawrence’s penalty kill stymied Colgate’s five power-play opportunities.
SLU associate head coach Bob Prier again filled in for head coach Joe Marsh, who continues to recover from a January surgery. Marsh had planned on making the trip earlier in the week, but did not feel healthy enough to travel Friday.
“It was a complete effort,” Prier said of the win. “We played with a lot of confidence, particularly after getting the early lead, and our penalty killing was superb. It was also great to see Nick Pitsikoulis step up and have another big night offensively. He has been playing very well over the last several games.”
St. Lawrence netted its first two goals inside of three minutes to play in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.
Kyle Flanagan opened the scoring with just three seconds to go in the first Saint power-play opportunity as he picked up a rebound from a shot by defenseman George Hughes and gunned it back into the open side of the net.
Pitsikoulis then gave the Saints their two-goal cushion when he picked the puck up deep in the Colgate end, skated up the side boards and flipped a shot from just short of the blue line past Raiders goalie Eric Mikalik at 18:05.
The Saints made it a perfect two-for-two on the power play at 8:17 of the second when Hughes took a shot from the center point with Aaron Bogosian screnning in front. It snuck inside the top, left corner for his fourth goal of the year.
Pitsikoulis scored his second of the night and seventh of the season on a power play at 18:10 of the third period to complete the scoring.
Moss, who earned his first career shutout and made 10 saves the third period, while Mihalik had 22 saves for Colgate.
“That’s two outstanding games in a row for Robby Moss,” Prier said. “He made some big saves early in the game and came out and challenged their shooters.”