ECAC has a new leader: SLU

by Kevin Allen | 2/13/01 6:00am

Every game counts as teams continue to grapple for postseason positioning. There were a couple blowouts and a couple nail-biters this weekend, and when the dust settled, St. Lawrence was in first place in the ECAC with 23 points. In case you want to size up the competition, or just laugh at other school's misfortune, here's what else happened this weekend in the ECAC.

Union

Union combined a solid performance from Brandon Snee in goal and the first goal of the season for senior Paul Kilfoy to give the Dutchmen a 2-1 come from behind win over Clarkson at Cheel Arena on Friday.

The Dutchmen were brought crashing down the following night however as they were blown out by the St. Lawrence Saints 6-0 at Appleton Arena. Snee was pulled from the net after letting up two goals in a 31 second span early in the third. Union currently stands tied for tenth with Colgate.

Clarkson

The Golden Knights dropped a heartbreaker against Union on Friday as only David Evans found the back of the net for Clarkson. The power play was the only offense Clarkson could muster, as the Golden Knights went 1-for-2 with the extra man.Goaltender Mike Walsh came up with 18 saves on the night and took the loss.

Injury-wise, Clarkson took a big hit as both Kent Huskins and Don Smith, the two co-captains for the Golden Knights, left the game with injuries.

On Saturday, a two-goal third period proved to be the difference as Clarkson rebounded with a big 3-1 win over the Rensselaer Engineers.

The Golden Knights improved to 9-5-2 in the ECAC will travel to take on Harvard and Brown next weekend.

Rensselaer

RPI's game on Friday was a classic to watch. The Engineers tied the game at 3-3 with just 1:03 to go against St. Lawrence to send the game into overtime. But failing to clear the zone resulted in Rensselaer's defeat 4-3. Scott Baisuk and Ryan Shields scored in the first and second periods respectively, before Matt Murley lit the lamp in the third period. Nathan Marsters stopped 37 shots en route to the loss.

It proved not to be RPI's weekend as they fell victim to Clarkson on Saturday 3-1. The lone goal was scored Conrad Barnes in the first to give the Engineers a 1-0 lead.

The Engineers now stand at 13-11- 2 overall, and 7-7-2 in the ECAC. They will host Princeton and Yale this weekend.

St. Lawrence

A 4-3 win on Friday night proved to be a stepping stone for the Saints to capture first place in the ECAC.

In overtime, after the Engineers failed to clear the zone, Blair Clarance took a quick backhander that hit Nathan Marsters' glove before reaching the net for the winner. Al Fyfe had two goals and Erik Anderson one in regulation for St. Lawrence.

The win, coupled with a Cornell loss, propelled St. Lawrence into first place.

The Saints celebrated on Saturday by hosting a clinic against Union, defeating them 6-0. Charlie Daniels and Erik Anderson both had a pair of goals and Matt Derosiers and Kevin Veneruzzo chipped in goals. Symington stopped 23 shots for the second night in a row on route to a shutout.

ECAC Roundup will continue tomorrow.