For the second night in a row, No. 15-ranked Tommie Men's Hockey struggled to start the third period, saw a lead disappear, and was in danger of losing to St. Mary's.
For the second night in a row, a Tommie forward stepped up to help yield a happy ending.
In Friday's 3-3 tie and shootout win, Elijah Latimer scored the tying goal with only 46 seconds to go. After a scoreless first overtime, Brett Gravelle's 3-on-3 goal ended the match and gave the Tommies two points in the conference standings.
In Saturday's 5-3 win, Gravelle scored two of the Toms' three goals in the final 3:08 of regulation time. He had the tying goal with just over three minutes left. With overtime looming, Luke Radetic scored his second goal of the night with just 31 seconds left to put UST ahead 4-3. Gravelle's empty-net goal in the final seconds capped the victory and a five-point weekend in the standings.
That was a complete turnaround from November 2017 when St. Mary's took five of the six points with a close win and shootout win in the opening series of the conference.
Andrew Rohkohl stopped 27 of 30 shots for St. Thomas (3-0-1 overall, 1-0-1 MIAC). The Cardinals (0-3-1, 0-1-1) rallied from a 2-0 deficit after two periods. They scored the tying and go-ahead goals midway through the final period.
Ten different players have Toms' 16 goals this season.
St. Thomas is on the road next Friday and Saturday to face UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point.