Chris Fitz Gerald is a sportswriter for the Watertown Daily Times.
Chris has covered hockey over the course of three decades, with his past beats including Union College of the ECAC and the Albany River Rats of the AHL, as well coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals (2003), the NCAA Frozen Four (2001) and several NCAA Regionals and ECAC Tournaments.
After breaking in as a part-time writer at The Record in Troy, N.Y., in 1990, Chris worked at The Daily Editor in Cobleskill, N.Y., from 1992-94, before returning to The Record, where he served as a sportswriter from 1994-2010 and as a news reporter for a year. After working at the Glens Falls Post-Star as a news copy editor, Chris joined the Watertown Daily Times staff in May 2012.
A native of Scotia, N.Y., Chris is a graduate of the State University of New York's College at Brockport, where he majored in journalism and minored in history.
By virtue of their two-game sweep of the ninth-seeded Bears, the eighth-seeded Saints (15-17-4) move on to the conference quarterfinal round for the second consecutive season against an opponent still to be determined.
Eric Sweetman, who scored the deciding goal in double overtime in St. Lawrences 3-2 victory over Brown on Friday, and Gavin Bayreuther also scored for the Saints.
Senior goalie Matt Weninger made 23 saves to secure the win for St. Lawrence.
The Saints will play on the road in the quarterfinal round for the second straight season as last year they were swept in two games by eventual national champion Yale.
St. Lawrence could travel to either top-seeded Union, Quinnipiac or Colgate, depending on the outcome of a pair of third-and-deciding playoff games today, with Princeton playing at Clarkson and RPI hosting Dartmouth.
Garnet Hathaway and Ryan Jacobson each scored for Brown (11-17-3) and goalie Tyler Steel made 25 saves.
CANTON Freshman defenseman Eric Sweetman scored one minute, 27 seconds into the second overtime to lift eighth-seeded St. Lawrence University past ninth-seeded Brown, 3-2, on Friday night in Game 1 of an ECAC Hockey first-round playoff series at Appleton Arena.
Senior goalie Matt Weninger made 26 saves, including 13 stops in the first overtime period, to secure the win for the Saints (14-17-4).
Senior forwards Kyle Essery and Greg Carey also scored for St. Lawrence, which led 2-1 through two periods.
Brown (11-16-3) tied the game on Nick Lappins goal with 54.2 seconds remaining in regulation.
Freshman goalie Tyler Steel finished with 43 saves for the Bears.
Game 2 is set for 7 tonight in Canton, with the third game, if necessary, to be played Sunday.
CANTON Jeremy Wick scored three goals to spark St. Lawrence University past Princeton, 5-0 on Saturday night in an ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena.
Matt Weninger made 14 saves to record the shutout for the Saints (13-17-4, 7-11-4), who finish in eighth place in the league and will host a first-round playoff series for the third consecutive year.
Kyle Essery also scored for St. Lawrence and Gavin Bayreuther contributed a goal and two assists.
The Saints will host Brown in a best-of-three playoff series beginning Friday.
The last-place Tigers (5-24, 4-18) will play at Clarkson in the first round of the playoffs.
CANTON Matthew Peca totaled a school-record six points, including four assists as No. 8 Quinnipiac routed St. Lawrence University, 8-0 on Friday night in an ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena.
The Bobcats (22-8-5, 12-6-3) scored five power-play goals, including four straight, to dispatch the Saints (12-17-4, 6-11-4) and clinch a first-round playoff bye.
Goalie Michael Garteig made 24 saves to record his sixth shutout of the season, also a school record, for Quinnipiac.
Matt Weninger stopped 15 of 20 shots faced for St. Lawrence, which was without head coach Greg Carvel, who was out with an illness.
With the loss, the Saints drop to 4-10-2 at home this season and have won just once in their past 12 games in Canton.
With one regular-season game remaining, St. Lawrence is tied for ninth place in the conference with Dartmouth and Harvard, and is still in the hunt to host a first-round playoff series.
The Saints, who will host Princeton at 7 tonight, actually sit in 10th place as Dartmouth owns the tiebreaker.
St. Lawrence needs to win tonight and get help from several other teams a Brown loss to Union and a loss or tie by Dartmouth against Colgate in order to secure home ice for the first round of the playoffs.
SCHENECTADY Daniel Carr scored two goals and registered an assist as No. 3 Union College rolled past St. Lawrence University, 6-2 in an ECAC Hockey game on Saturday night at Messa Rink.
Goalie Colin Stevens made 24 saves as the Dutchmen (22-6-4, 16-3-1) clinched the leagues regular season title outright, the third in program history.
Union scored the games first five goals, including two scores within a span of 23 seconds in the first period. The Dutchmen went on to score three more goals in the second period.
Alex Hagen and Gunnar Hughes each scored for the Saints (12-16-4, 6-10-4), who were dealt just their second loss in their past six road games (3-2-1).
Matt Weninger allowed five goals on 25 shots for St. Lawrence, before he was relieved by Tyler Parks (eight saves) late in the second period.
TROY Matt Weninger stopped all 22 shots he faced and Greg Carey registered three assists as St. Lawrence University blanked Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 4-0 on Friday night in an ECAC Hockey game on Friday night at Houston Field House.
Chris Martin scored a goal and assisted on two others for the Saints (12-15-4, 6-9-4) and Riley Austin contributed a goal and an assist.
Matt Carey also scored a goal for St. Lawrence, which improved to 3-1-1 over its past five road games and also snapped a four-game skid against the Engineers.
Weninger, who made eight saves in the third period to hold off the Engineers, recorded his seventh career shutout and his first of the season.
Scott Diebold finished with 28 saves for RPI (13-13-5, 7-8-4).
After Martin opened the scoring with his goal seven minutes, 43 seconds into the second period, Austin followed with a score at 18:33 of the period for his first goal of the season for a 2-0 St. Lawrence lead.
Matt Carey and Patrick Doherty followed with breakaway goals in the third period, with Carey scoring at 3:30 and Doherty followed with a shorthanded tally at 11:02.
With the victory, the Saints moved into sole possession of eighth place in the league, one ahead of Brown, which was edged by Dartmouth, 2-1 in overtime on Friday.
CANTON Matt Carey scored the tying goal early in the third period and St. Lawrence University went on to record a 2-2 draw with Harvard in an ECAC Hockey game on Saturday night at Appleton Arena.
Greg Carey also scored a power-play goal for the Saints (11-5-4, 5-9-4) and goalie Matt Weninger made 20 saves.
With the point, St. Lawrence avoided being swept over the weekend and recorded its fourth tie in four overtimes this season all in league play.
The Saints also earned just their third point over their past 10 home games (1-8-1). St. Lawrence is 4-9-1 on home this season and 7-6-3 in road games.
Goalie Steve Michalek made 39 saves for Harvard (9-12-4, 5-9-4), which defeated Clarkson, 1-0, in overtime on Friday night.
Victor Newell and Brian Hart each scored for the Crimson.
Both teams salvaged a point in the chase for playoff positioning. With two weeks left in the regular season, both trail eighth-place Brown by a point. The Bears upset Quinnipiac, 4-2 earlier in the day.
St. Lawrence owns the tiebreaker over Harvard (1-0-1).
The Saints play at RPI and Union next Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
CANTON Grant Opperman scored the deciding goal late in the second period and goalie Charles Grant made 32 saves as Dartmouth downed St. Lawrence University, 3-1 on Friday night in an ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena.
Jeremy Wick scored the lone goal for the Saints (11-15-3, 5-9-3), who continued their struggles on home ice as they dropped to 4-9 in games in Canton this season.
Tyler Sikura and Eric Neiley each recorded two assists for the Big Green (5-16-3, 4-12-1), who won for just the third time on the road this season and moved out of last place in the league.
Matt Weninger stopped 22 of 25 shots faced for St. Lawrence, which is now in a three-way tie for eighth place in the conference with Brown and Harvard.
The Saints will host the Crimson at 7 tonight,
St. Lawrence Universitys Matt Weninger was selected as ECAC Hockey goaltender of the week and defenseman Gavin Bayreuther was named as the conferences rookie of the week following the Saints road sweep of Princeton and Quinnipiac.
Weninger earned goaltender of the week honors for the second time this season and Bayreuther earned his first rookie of the week award and is the third Saints first-year player rookie to earn the honor, joining Matt Carey (twice) and Drew Smolcynski.
Weninger made 24 saves in a 7-1 win at Princeton on Friday and came back with a 31-save night in a 3-2 win over No. 3-ranked Quinnipiac on Saturday.
The win at Quinnipiac was his third straight on Bobcat ice and he has saved 95 of 98 shots in those three wins. St. Lawrence also recorded its first weekend sweep since early November and the win over Quinnipiac was the seventh this season against a team that has been ranked in the top 20.
Bayreuther generated four assists in the win at Princeton, the most productive night for a Saint blueliner since Drew Bagnall scored two goals and assisted on three others in a win at Yale in January of 2005. Bayreuther scored his seventh of the season in the win at Quinnipiac on Saturday and has scored at least one point every weekend thus far this season.
St. Lawrence University rallied with two goals in the third period to knock off No. 3 Quinnipiac, 3-2, on Saturday night in an ECAC Hockey game at TD Bank Sports Center.
Brian Ward and Justin Baker each scored within 1 minute, 12 seconds to lift the Saints (11-14-3, 5-8-3), who have won three of their past four games.
Goalie Matt Weninger stopped 31 of 33 shots for St. Lawrence, which has now won four straight road games against the Bobcats (20-5-5, 10-3-3) over four seasons.
Trailing 3-2 entering the third, Ward scored the tying goal at 14:32 and Baker followed with the deciding tally on a power-play goal at 15:44.
Gavin Bayreuther also scored a goal for the Saints at 10:35 of the second to tie the game at 1-1. Bryce Van Brabant followed with the go-ahead goal for the Bobcats 1:41 into the third.
Michael Garteig finished with 20 saves for Quinnipiac, which lost for just the second time in 11 games (7-2-2).
St. Lawrence moved into a tie for eighth place in the conference with Brown, but the Bears possess the tiebreaker having won the season series (1-0-1).
NOTES: St. Lawrence improved to 7-6-3 on the road. ... The Saints swept a weekend series for the first time since winning at Harvard and Dartmouth Nov. 8-9. ... St. Lawrence is 6-1-1 in its past eight meetings with Quinnipiac. ... Weninger won the Saints past three decisions at Qunnipiac, allowing only three goals on 99 shots. ... St. Lawrence will host Dartmouth and Harvard next Friday and Saturday, both at 7 p.m.