College Roundup: Big Green Hockey Wins a Squeaker

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hanover — The Dartmouth College men’s hockey team was in a tough spot on Friday during an ECAC game against Quinnipiac at Thompson Arena.

Although tied with the Bobcats, the Big Green had surrendered 13 of the game’s last 15 shots as the third period wound down. It was as though the visitors were enjoying an extended power play, although no one was in the penalty box.

With time running out, Dartmouth forward Will Graber claimed the puck on the sideboards to the right of Quinnipiac goaltender Andrew Shortridge. The big sophomore accelerated up and down the wall as the defense backed off. A what-the-heck pass thrown at the net and teammate Corey Kalk with nine seconds remaining, and suddenly the puck was behind Shortridge for a 4-3 win before a sparse gathering of 1,570 that was mostly overjoyed.

“I was trying to hit Corey in front, and the puck hit off the defenseman’s skate and went in,” said Graber, whose team took 16 of the first period’s 19 shots. “It wasn’t really intended to be a shot, but I’ll take it. I was a little bit surprised but happy.”

The victory prevented Dartmouth (6-9-2, 4-5-1) from sinking in the 12-team conference standings. The Big Green is tied for sixth with Yale and Quinnipiac and is two points ahead of 11th-place Princeton, which arrives for a game tonight.

Dartmouth took six of the first seven shots on Friday but surrendered the game’s first goal on the eighth midway through the first period. Kalk banked a shot in off Shortridge a minute later, but only a minute after that, the Bobcats struck again on a rebound from atop the slot. It was their second tally on just three shots.

Daniel Warpecha pulled Dartmouth into a 2-2 tie just 35 seconds before the first intermission, reaching in from the back side of the play to poke the puck out of the crease’s blue paint and into the net. The hosts finished the period with a 16-3 advantage in shots and went up, 3-2, a minute into the second period when Collin Rutherford scored into the net’s unguarded left side on a power play.

The Big Green committed four consecutive penalties during the middle stanza, but the goal that allowed the visitors to forge a 3-3 tie came at even strength six minutes before intermission. Dartmouth was denied during a scrum at the Quinnipiac net but allowed an immediate rush the other way. The puck wound up against the end boards to Buffalo’s right and his defense broke down, resulting in a quick pass out front and a shot over the lunging netminder.

“We killed ourselves momentum-wise with penalties in the second period,” Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet said. Quinnipiac “didn’t score on them, but teams gain momentum when they’re on the power play that much. We did a really good job on the penalty kill, and we weathered the storm and found a way to win. We didn’t give them a lot of point-blank scoring chances.”

Dartmouth failed to score despite a 44-second two-man advantage to begin the third period, then was pinned in its own end for much of the last 10 minutes. Luckily for the hosts, Quinnipiac (8-12-2, 4-7-1) is not the national power it’s been in recent years. The Bobcats failed to capitalize on numerous scoring chances, and Buffalo made 15 saves during the final 20 minutes and 28 in the game. Shortridge finished with 29.

“We came out of the gates hot and felt like we outplayed them for the first and second periods,” Graber said. “We let down in the second and third, but we got a bounce at the end, which is good.”

— Tris Wykes

Women’s Hockey

Cornell 2, Dartmouth 0

Ithaca, n.y. — The Big Green (2-8-1 league, 4-11-1 overall) once again received yeomanlike work from goaltender Christie Honor but couldn’t get the offense going in a loss to the sixth-ranked Big Red (7-4-0, 10-6-1) at Lynah Rink.

Honor kept Dartmouth in the contest with 29 saves, including 13 in a scoreless first period.

Madlynne Mills finally broke through midway through the second period for the hosts, and Kristin O’Neill doubled Cornell’s advantage with 3:27 to play.

The Big Green recorded just 17 shots on goal, of which Big Red netminder Marlene Boissonnault knocked wide. Dartmouth visits No. 4 Clarkson today.

Men’s Basketball

Husson 87, Colby-Sawyer 66

Bangor, Maine — The Eagles (7-0 league, 10-2 overall) maintained a perfect mark in North Atlantic Conference play, beating the Chargers (5-1, 8-4).

Freshman guard D.J. Bussey led the way with a career-high 28 points for Husson, which got 25 points from Raheem Anderson as well. Sophomore Dana Bean scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Chargers.

Colby-Sawyer visits Maine Maritime this afternoon.

Women’s Basketball

Colby-Sawyer 54, Husson 53

Bangor, Maine — Tianna Sugars completed a Colby-Sawyer comeback with a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left as the Chargers won a key North Atlantic Conference contest over the Eagles.

Sugars’ shots allowed Colby-Sawyer (5-1 league, 9-3 overall) to break a five-game losing streak to Husson (5-2, 6-6).

The Eagles held an 11-point lead three times in the second quarter only to have the visitors tie the contest, 39-39, with 3:53 left in the third. The rivals played nip-and-tuck basketball from there before Sugars (15 points, nine rebounds) decided the game.

Sunapee’s Lexie Hamilton led the Chargers with 16 points and eight steals. Colby-Sawyer visits Maine Maritime today.