CANTON - The Rochester Institute of Technology scored three straight goals, getting the game-winner with 1:30 to go in regulation time for a 4-3 NCAA Division I college hockey victory over St. Lawrence at Appleton Arena Friday night.
RIT, now 5-8-4, stretched its unbeaten streak to 3-0-1 in its last four outings while the Saints, who started the year 5-1-1, have now lost five straight and are stuck one win short of the programs 1,000th. SLU will take a 7-9-2 overall record into Saturdays rematch between the two clubs.
St. Lawrence took a 3-2 lead into the final five minutes of regulation, but ended up on the wrong end of the final score when freshman Alexander Kuqali scored his third goal of the year with an extra attacker on the ice while a delayed penalty was being indicated against the Saints at 15:56 of the third to tie it and Adam Hartley scored his fourth of the season on a knuckling shot at 18:30.
The Saints opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period as junior center Kyle Essery scored off a goal-mouth pass by Greg Carey at 11:17, and it went to 2-0 when sophomore Patrick Doherty scored shorthanded at 2:22 of the second. RIT got that one back just 1:34 later as Anthony Hamburg scored his second of the year, but the Saints went back up by two when Essery scored and the Saints second shorthander at 7:14 as rookie wing Sean McGovern picked up his third assist of the night.
RIT did score on the power play after Esserys shorthanded goal as Brad McGowan finished off a give and go with Ben Lynch with his third of the year at 8:27 to start the RIT comeback.
RIT outshot the Saints 15-5 in the third period and finally pulled even when Kuqali pinched in from his defensive position and put his own rebound back past Saint goalie Matt Weninger and then Hartley got the game-winner as his dipping shot slipped past Weninger to complete the comeback.
Junior goaltender Josh Watson made 32 saves, 27 of them in the first two periods to earn the win while Weninger had 26 stops for the Saints.
Playing for the first time in 20 days, the Clarkson University Hockey team led throughout the majority of the Fridays game against UMass-Lowell, but a pair of third-period goals by the visitors spoiled the Golden Knights 2013 debut as the River Hawks rallied for a 2-1 victory in non-conference play at Cheel Arena.
Clarkson, which stands at 4-9-5 overall, will host the River Hawks (8-7-1) of Hockey East again on Saturday in a 7 p.m. contest for its final non-league game of the season. The Knights resume ECAC Hockey action next weekend hosting Brown and Yale.
Freshman Greg Lewis was sharp in the Clarkson goal with a 28 save-effort, and the Clarkson penalty-killing unit, which struggled in the first half of the season, enjoyed a standout performance shutting down all six of Lowells power-play opportunities.
The Golden Knights came out with a strong first-period effort against Lowell and grabbed a 1-0 lead. Senior defenseman Andrew Himelson opened the scoring firing in a high shot from just inside the blueline off assists from captain Ben Sextonand freshman Pat Megannety. Lowell was finally able to sneak a couple of shots past Lewis in the third frame to extend its win streak to four games.
Freshman defenseman Christian Folin started the River Hawks. At 14:53, Michael Colantone connected for the game-winner, finishing off a perfect pass into the slot by Zack Kamrass.
Lowell outshot the Green and Gold 30-26 snd Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for the River Hawks.