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Not a Pretty Sight: Dartmouth Falls to Union

  • Dartmouth College forward Daniel Warpecha (8), slams on the brakes Friday after entering the Union zone and confronting Dutchmen defender Greg Campbell. The ECAC teams clashed 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 »

  • Dartmouth College goaltender Devin Buffalo and teammates River Rymsha (2) and Will Graber (28) watched the puck bounce Friday against Union. The ECAC teams met 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 »

  • Dartmouth College forward Quin Foreman reaches for a rebound off the chest of Union goaltender Jake Kupsky and ahead of defender Branon Estes during Tuesday's ECAC game at Thompson Arena. The first-period play soon resulted in the puck entering the Dutchmen's net but it was ruled the whistle had previously blown and the tally was disallowed. (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 »

  • Dartmouth College freshman Quin Foreman scores his team's lone goal during Friday's third period at Thompson Arena. The Big Green lost to Union, 4-1, in an ECAC matchup. (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 »

  • Dartmouth College's Collin Rutherford and Union's Zachary Emelife (13) lean on each other before a third-period faceoff Friday at Thompson Arena. The visiting Dutchmen won the ECAC contest, 4-1. (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 »



Valley News Staff Writer
Friday, January 05, 2018

Hanover — Because Dartmouth College students can’t be trusted not to bang on the Thompson Arena Plexiglas until it breaks, they’re banned from sitting in the arena’s front row. On Friday, the prohibition was probably for the best, because few in green would have enjoyed a close-up view of the hosts’ 4-1 loss to ECAC rival Union.

The Dutchmen, who recently tumbled out of the national top 20 rankings, skated a little faster, took better advantage of their scoring chances and enjoyed a fortuitous bounce of the puck during the first period.

During the eighth minute, Tim Shoup’s shot from the left point bounced off the chest of Union goaltender Jake Kupsky, and Dartmouth’s Quin Foreman tucked the rebound inside the far post for what appeared to be a 1-0 lead. Referees C.J. Hanafin and Chip McDonald, however, ruled that a whistle had blown before the tally and waved it off.

A minute later, Union executed a brilliant breakout pass off the left boards that caught a player in stride at center ice. A quick feed across to Jack Adams, a step ahead of a backchecking Dartmouth player and, instead of being up by a goal, the hosts were down by one. The Big Green is 4-9-1 overall and 2-5-1 in ECAC play, 10th in the 12-team standings.

“We scored a legit goal in any league, but we got an unfortunate break,” said Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet clenching his fists in front of him for emphasis. “I thought we played really well for the last 40 minutes.”

Union (11-10-1, 7-2) doubled its lead four minutes before the first intermission by popping home a rebound. The visitors pushed their advantage to 3-0 just five minutes into the third stanza off a scramble at the side of the home net.

Dartmouth pulled goaltender Devin Buffalo (32 saves) with five minutes remaining and while on a power play. However, the penalty had just expired when, still with six skaters, the Big Green got another tally from Foreman.

The wing, who parked himself atop the right circle before a faceoff, took his time when Kevan Kilistoff won the draw back, then ripped a wrist shot past goaltender Jake Kupsky. The 6-foot-3 Massachusetts native was among the top 10 scorers in British Columbia’s second-tier junior hockey league last winter.

“He’s going to break out for us because he can really bring it with his shot, and he’s tough, too,” Gaudet said of the rookie, who has two goals and three assists and who’s played in 13 of Dartmouth’s 14 games.

Buffalo made several outstanding saves during his fifth consecutive game with more than 30 stops, but neither he nor his team were quite at their recent level, when they went 2-1-1 against nationally ranked Denver, New Hampshire and Minnesota-Duluth. The Big Green was scoreless in four power-play chances and was outshot, 36-34.

Gaudet pulled Buffalo again late in the game and Dartmouth had several scoring chances during a wild conclusion, but lost to Union for the fifth consecutive time after an empty-net goal. Rensselaer (3-14-3, 2-6-1) visits Thompson Arena tonight.

Notes: Foreman’s strike was only Dartmouth’s sixth third-period goal of the season. … The Big Green’s last 11 goals have come from underclassmen, and its last tally by an upperclassman was by Shoup, a senior, on Dec. 9. … The Big Green has committed just one penalty in the last two games and only four during its last three contests. … Union has won its last two games with Dartmouth by a combined 12-4. … The Dutchmen began this season 0-5. … Gaudet said junior center John Ernsting should soon be back from injury, leaving the team with five pivots and four forward lines.

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