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CANTON — Credit the Colgate University men’s hockey team with a hard-earned point.

In the process, St. Lawrence University settled for a tie on Saturday night, and squandered a golden opportunity to record another ECAC Hockey weekend sweep.

The Raiders scored twice in the third period — including John Lidgett’s breakaway goal with three minutes remaining in regulation to pull even — and went on to record a 3-3 draw with the Saints before a turnout of 1,920 at Appleton Arena.

St. Lawrence (12-10-4 overall, 5-5-4 league), which defeated Cornell, 4-2 on Friday, still came away with three standings points from the weekend and stretched their unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2).

But it was the way that the Saints yielded the lead to Colgate (13-9-4, 5-6-3) in the third period that unsettled coach Greg Carvel.

“The last couple games, we were the team coming from behind in the third period,” Carvel said. “Tonight going into the third period with a two-goal lead ... I think it’s inexcusable because I thought we were playing well, and it’s frustrating the way that we gave up those goals — they scored two breakaway goals.”

Leading 3-1 entering the third period, the Saints nearly had a fourth goal as a Chris Martin tally was waved off early in the period and the decision upheld after a short video review.

“It clearly went off the pipe,” Colgate coach Don Vaughn said.

“I think it just hit off the post,” Carvel said.

On Colgate’s ensuing rush down the ice, Tyson Spink scored unassisted as he moved in alone and tucked a backhander past goalie Matt Weninger at 2 minutes, 13 seconds of the period.

Lidgett scored the tying goal at 16:56 as he swooped in and sent a backhander through Weninger’s legs.

“Unbelievable,” Vaughn said of Lidgett’s effort. “He came off the bench and Tom (Larkin) made a great pass to him — the puck was rolling a little bit and he was able to settle it down. It was a big goal for us.”

And a difficult one for the Saints.

“It’s definitely frustrating after we had a two-goal lead in the third period,” defenseman George Hughes said. “We made some bad decisions ... We have to know how to defend a lead.”

The Raiders came away with a pair of points on their north country trip as they tied Clarkson, 4-4 on Friday.

“I thought it was a really good effort by our guys,” Vaughn said. “This building hasn’t been very kind us to us the last few years.”

Spencer Finney made 25 saves, including a glove stop on Kyle Flanagan to foil a 3-on-1 breakaway attempt by the Saints in the second period.

Weninger finished with 32 saves, including 12 in the third period and four more in overtime to preserve the tie.

“We still had a great weekend,” said Saints’ junior winger Jeremy Wick, who scored a goal and assisted on another. “We played five unbelievable periods and it would have been a lot better ending if we could have hung on there.”

The Saints seized a 2-0 lead with two goals in the opening period as Tommy Thompson lifted a shot over Finney 2:28 into the game, and Greg Carey ripped a drive at 12:29.

After Colgate pulled within 2-1 on Darcy Murphy’s power-play goal 5:57 into the second period, Wick gave SLU another two-goal lead at 12:16, four seconds after a Saints’ power play ended.

The Saints, who moved into sole possession of fifth place in the ECAC and within two points of third place, will host Rensselaer and Union next Friday and Saturday.

“We’re not looking at this as a loss,” Hughes said. “We had a good weekend and we still got three points. We just have to keep pushing forward.”

nNOTES: The Saints remain unbeaten in overtime decisions this season (2-0-4). ... Carey and Wick each extended their goal streaks to five games. Carey, who leads the nation with 18 goals, has 15 points, including seven goals, over his past 10 games. ... Hughes now has 10 points, including eight assists, in his last six games.

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