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Harvard Pulls Away From Dartmouth

  • Dartmouth College's Cam Strong (12) and Harvard's Wiley Sherman loom over Crimson goaltender Merrick Madsen during the third period of the ECAC teams' game at Thompson Arena. The visitors won, 4-1, handing the Big Green its second consecutive loss. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Dartmouth College goaltender Devin Buffalo stops a Harvard shot in front of Crimson forward Seb Lloyd during the first period of the teams' ECAC clash Friday at Thompson Arena. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Dartmouth players Ryan Blankenmeir (25), Cam Strong (12) and Tim Shoup ready for a first-period faceoff Friday against Harvard at Thompson Arena. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Dartmouth College's Ryan Blankenmeir (25) battles Harvard's John Marino during the ECAC teams' Friday clash at Thompson Arena. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Dartmouth forward Daniel Warpecha cuts in front of Harvard's Adam Baughman on Friday at Thompson Arena. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »



Valley News Staff Writer
Friday, February 02, 2018

Hanover — Bob Gaudet exited the Thompson Arena home coaches’ room after Friday night’s Dartmouth College men’s hockey game and gave a resigned shrug.

“One more shot,” he said, sounding both philosophical and wistful. The Big Green had been tied with arch-rival Harvard midway through the contest before tumbling into a 4-1 loss before an announced crowd of 2,526.

Dartmouth was outshot, 19-6, during a terrible first period in which goaltender Devin Buffalo prevented what could have been a three- or four-goal deficit. The Crimson notched the stanza’s only goal when Benjamin Solin redirected a shot from the right point down into the ice. It then bounced up and over Buffalo.

Dartmouth tied the game at 1-1 despite trailing in shots, 23-7, with seven minutes remaining in the second period. Quin Foreman’s hard wrist shot from the right circle was kicked out by goaltender Merrick Madsen, but right on to the stick of Shane Sellar, who tapped the rebound inside the left post.

The Big Green was all over the Crimson for the following three minutes, but it was the visitors who struck next. Frederic Gregoire burst up the right wing and ripped a shot to the far side for a 2-1 lead with 3 minutes, 28 seconds remaining.

“We had a couple good looks there and just couldn’t convert,” Gaudet said, noting that had the hosts taken a 2-1 lead, the game’s entire complexion would have changed. “That’s a team predicted to be in the top four in the country before the season started, but no excuses. We just didn’t find a way to do it.”

Dartmouth went on a power play with seven minutes remaining, but the Big Green’s Matt Baker was whistled for interference in the offensive zone less than a minute later.

“I was disappointed in that call,” Gaudet said. “That stuff was going on all game long. I don’t blame the referees, though. Harvard’s kid did a great job selling the call.”

Harvard star Ryan Donato, who’s leaving to play for the U.S. Olympic team next week, potted a breakaway with two minutes to play. The junior, who has 21 goals in 22 games, lifted a nifty, high backhand over a sprawling Buffalo. Dartmouth pulled the senior for an extra attacker and surrendered an empty-net tally with 45 seconds to go.

Harvard (10-8-4, 9-5-3) was scoreless in three power-play chances, but took 11 shots during them. Dartmouth (9-12-2, 7-8-1), with an equal number of man-advantage opportunities, had only two shots on them.

The Big Green visits Rensselaer and Union next weekend and plays only two of its final six regular-season games at home.

Notes: Dartmouth is second in the country with seven one-goal victories. The Big Green’s last five triumphs have been of that variety. … Harvard won the teams’ October meeting, 5-0, but entered Friday’s game having been shut out in back-to-back contests and had won just once during its last five games. … Dartmouth began the night averaging 8 penalty minutes per outing, second-fewest in the country. The Big Green has also allowed just two power-play tallies since mid-December. … Gaudet remains at 298 Dartmouth career victories. … Big Green captain Kevan Kilistoff missed his third consecutive game because of injury, and John Ernsting sat out for the seventh consecutive contest and the 11th time in the last 12 games, also because of injury. Gaudet said Kilistoff’s return is uncertain but that Ernsting has been practicing of late… Harvard leads the teams’ all-time series, 135-63-13. … Dartmouth’s 20 January victories the past four years is fourth-best among Division I teams in that category. … Senior and former Big Green football running back Ryder Stone was one of 22 people jampacked into the press box. The Canadian was spinning tunes over the public-address system. … Held up to the glass by a young fan at the bottom of section 11 during the first period and behind Buffalo was a carefully cut, green construction-paper outline of the goaltender’s namesake animal. … Dartmouth’s women’s hockey team enters today’s game against visiting Cornell in 11th place in the 12-team ECAC. The Big Green is eight points out of the eighth and final playoff berth at this point, and with five conference games remaining, likely has little to no margin for error if its to avoid missing the postseason for a third consecutive season.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com or 603-727-3227.