Big Green Bites Terriers
Boston — Senior Nick Lovejoy scored his first career goal late in the second period to break a tie and help the Dartmouth College men’s hockey team defeat Boston University, 4-2, Wednesday night at Agganis Arena.
Playing just his fourth career game at forward, Lovejoy, a natural defenseman and an Orford native, scored from his knees as the middle frame wore down, giving the Big Green its third win of the season (3-11-2).
Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant turned aside 26 shots.
The victory was the second straight against Boston University (7-10-2) after defeating the Hockey Easy foe, 3-2, on Jan. 15, 2008. The last time Dartmouth beat the Terriers in consecutive meetings was on Nov. 26, 1980 and Jan. 6, 1982.
BU took a 1-0 lead at the 7:49 mark as Cason Hohmann scored his fifth goal of the season on partial wrap-around beyond the outstretched pad of Grant in the Dartmouth goal.
The Terriers held the one-goal advantage until the final minute of the first period, when Dartmouth junior Charlie Mosey got the Big Green on the board. The third-line center continued his hot play, scoring his third goal in the last four games, opting to fire a hard snap shot into the top left corner of the net on a 2-on-1, rather than force a pass across the slot.
The second period saw BU jump out to a 2-1 lead on Mike Grzelcyk’s 5-on-3 power-play goal at the 7:41 mark.
Dartmouth sophomore Brad Schierhorn answered the Grzelcyk tally with his third of the season just 2:13 later, knocking in a rebound from a point shot. The Big Green made the Terriers pay with another late goal as Lovejoy scored with 1:19 left, slamming home a rebound in the crease.
After a Dartmouth penalty put the Terriers on another power play, junior and leading scorer Eric Neiley gave the Green a two-goal lead with a shorthanded breakaway goal. The Warminster, Pa., native stole the puck at his own blueline and went the other way where he slid a backhand between the pads of BU’s Sean Maguire while being pulled down, drawing a penalty in addition to recording the first Dartmouth shorthanded goal of the season.
The goal was his 10th of the season, setting a career high.
Dartmouth was 0-for-4 on the power play, while BU was 1-for-5.
The Big Green are back in action on Saturday as it takes on New Hampshire in Manchester. Game time is 5 p.m.