College hockey: St. Lawrence goalie's stellar 53-save performance earns him first career shutout
Junior Arthur Brey made a career-high 53 saves en route to his first career shutout with a 1-0 win over Yale on Saturday night in Appleton Arena to help the St. Lawrence men's hockey team sweep the weekend.
Brey also set a career high for saves in a period with 21 in the middle frame against the Bulldogs, before adding an additional 19 in the third.
Alex Gilmour scored his second of the weekend and sixth of the season just seven seconds into a power play opportunity midway through the second period for the lone goal of the game.
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After Yale's Anthony Walsh was called for hooking at 9:53 of the middle frame, Ryan Lough won the ensuing draw back to Bo Hanson on the point. Hanson left a drop pass for classmate Jake Stevens who took a shot from just inside the blue line that was tipped by Gilmour on the way through traffic to beat Corbin Kaczperski for the game winner.
Yale finished the game with 1:32 of 6-on-4 after the Saints' Philip Alftberg was sent off for hooking and Kaczperski went to the bench for the extra attacker. However, the penalty gave the Saints the ability to clear the zone without icing the puck and Yale struggled to maintain possession, only getting one shot on goal.
The Bulldogs outshot the Saints 53-28 in the contest, but St. Lawrence played a solid game defensively, blocking 12 shots and going a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Junior Arthur Brey @SkatingSaints made a career-high 53 saves en route to his first career shutout with a 1-0 win over Yale on Saturday night in Appleton Arena - https://t.co/SOBenJM524 pic.twitter.com/w2KBiHU06r— ECAC HOCKEY (@ECACHOCKEYMWD1) January 28, 2018
With the win, the Saints improve to 6-18-2 overall with a 2-11-1 mark against conference opponents while Yale drops to 9-11-1 and 6-9-1 in league play.
It is the first sweep at home for the Saints this season and the first sweep of conference opponents in exactly a year, having last swept RPI and Union at home on Jan. 27-28, 2017.
St. Lawrence will hit the road next weekend for conference games at Princeton and Quinnipiac on Feb. 2 and 3, respectively.