Third period notes:
Saints get one more power play.
Goal Union Jeremy Welsh on the PP.
Saints pick up another one. 5-on-3 for 27 seconds.
Kyle Flanagan has left the game with some sort of injury and Baker heads to the box.
And the Saints fail to score on their seventh power play.
Saints go on their SEVENTH power play.
The refs wave off a Union goal for throwing it in with his hand. Pretty obvious.
Saints kill the penalty. The PK looks good.
Now union gets a power play.
Kyle Flanagan had the whole half of the net to shoot at and whiffed.
Drewiske gets taken out going after a fluttering puck in the slot and the Saints get their sixth power play.
Second period impressions:
The Saints haven't been shooting much this game. Currently they trail shots on goal 21-15. That includes five power plays. That won't get it done, especially considering what has happened in previous third periods.
I will give credit where credit's due, and Troy Grosenick has played very well in net. What little good scoring chances the Saints have had, he has stopped. Combine that with Union's defense, which blocks shots or prevents them by filling lanes, and you can see why the Saints trail despite having the majority of the zone time.
Greg Carey continues to struggle finding holes with his shot. Mike McKenzie tweeted him earlier this season, saying that he didn't believe in the sophomore slump until it happened to him. Carey is slowly slipping into it with every game he doesn't find the net.
Second period notes:
For the amount of zone time the Saints had, they haven't had a ton of shots tonight. Or at least good shots.
Penalty killed for Union. The Saints just aren't taking enough shots. I know patience is needed on the power play, but there's a difference between patience and being resigned to just keeping possession.
Saints get another chance on the PP.
That was a terrible power play. The Saints seemed resigned to just passing the puck in circles. They barely looked at the net.
Saints go on PP.
The Saints look a little sloppy this period, but it hasn't cost them yet.
Carey fires in a missile but no dice.
A couple good shots in the crease, but Grosenick is all over it.
Saints kill the penalty. And Greg Carey misses a good look in close.
Saints start on the penalty kill for 47 seconds.
First period impressions:
The Saints didn't play poorly and the great crowd on hand is acting like SLU is in the lead. However, the Saints have had some bad luck and twice had what appeared to be a goal denied. They will start the second period on the penalty kill — their third of the game. The Saints have looked decent defensively but it's clear there's still some issues with seamless play.
Look for the Saints to continue to intensity. A stop on the penalty kill will be a big momentum booster.
First period notes:
Gunnar Hughes takes a penalty late in the first period. Only a minute left.
A spinning puck near the goal line doesn't cross for SLU. Power play ends.
Stands no goal. Tough to tell from here.
Officials wave off a goal scored by Doherty saying he kicked it in. Under review.
Saints get a third power play of the period.
Riley Austin looked confused behind his own net with the puck waiting for the offense to set up. Saints still learning that new system.
Doherty would like to have one back. All alone in the slot but can't put it home.
Goal Union Wayne Simpson skated into the slot untouched and went top shelf. One lapse by the Saints and a goal is scored.
Weninger makes a great stick save with the handle to save a power play goal.
Wick puts out some great hits but there was no argument on the boarding call tonight.
Wick gets a penalty for SLU.
Troy Grosenick is playing well in net. Could be 1-0 at this point. Nice saves.
Union takes another penalty and Saints go on the PP.
Union getting the better chances in the first period but the Saints are playing some nice defense.
Penalties expire harmlessly but the Saints look really good here early.
Union gives it back and we're 4-on-4 for 19 seconds then SLU PP.
Saints start game on PK as they were late coming on the ice.
here we go
Here are the lines for tonight:
Greg Carey/Kyle Flanagan/Patrick Doherty
Chris Martin/Kyle Essery/Jacob Drewiske
Tommy Thompson/Mark Armstrong/Justin Bruckel
Gunnar Hughes/Rick Carden/Jeremy Wick
George Hughes/Pat Raley
Riley Austin/Justin Baker
Peter Child/Jordan Dewey
Goalie: Matt Wenninger
Kevin Sullivan/Kelly Zajac/Wayne Simpson
Daniel Carr/Jeremy Welsh/Josh Jooris
Daniel Ciampini/Kyle Bodie/Sam Coatta
Cole Ikkala/Max Novak/Mark Bennett
Matt Bodie/Shawn Stuart
Nolan Julseth-White/Charlie Vasaturo
Greg Coburn/Shayne Gostisbehere
Goalie: Troy Grosenick
Referees: Chip McDonald, Nick Litterio
Linesmen: Mike Emanation, Jason Shattie
Rich Peverley, a St. Lawrence alum who won the Stanley Cup last year, is busy signing away in the lobby. A line stretched out into the parking lots and hundreds have made it through.