Bears Send Big Green to Second Straight Loss
Newark, n.j. — A back-and-forth game all afternoon concluded with two straight third-period goals for Brown as it prevailed over the Dartmouth men’s hockey team, 5-3, Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Hockey Invitational at the Prudential Center.
The win was the first for the Bears (2-0-0) against the Big Green (0-2-0) in 13 tries, snapping a skid of 0-11-1 against the Big Green dating back to the 2008-09 season.
The teams traded goals all day, starting with Brandon Pfeil beating Dartmouth starter Cab Morris just 26 seconds into the opening period, setting the pace for the rest of the contest. Dartmouth freshman Troy Crema scored the first goal of his career on a redirect just two seconds after a Dartmouth power play expired to tie the game at 1. The celebration was short-lived as Matt Lorito, the Bears’ leading scorer from a season ago, answered back and gave his team the one-goal lead again just 11 seconds later.
The Big Green’s Eric Neiley netted his second goal of the weekend at the 14:20 mark of the middle frame .
The teams traded power-play goals in the third as Brown’s Nick Lappin laid out in the low slot at 5:50 to put the Bears back on top by one again. Less than four minutes later, Dartmouth’s Brandon McNally got just enough of Brett Patterson’s point shot to see the puck trickle through Brown goalie Tyler Steel’s pads for the equalizer at 9:14.
With just under five minutes remaining in regulation, Mark Neclario scored his third goal of the tournament, finding space along the ice to give Brown its fourth lead of the afternoon. Garnett Hathaway adding an empty-netter in the final seconds to seal the nonconference win and guarantee the Bears at least a share of the Liberty Invitational title after knocking off Yale on Friday night.
Shots were 31 apiece, with Morris finishing the game with 26 saves to Steel’s 28 at the other end of the ice. Dartmouth’s 2-for-6 figure on the power play helped keep it close, while Brown was 1-for-2 with the man-advantage.
Quinnipiac 4, Dartmouth 2
Hanover — Dartmouth was doubled up by ninth-ranked Quinnipiac in ECAC Hockey action at Thompson Arena.
Trailing by a goal late in the third period, the Big Green (0-3-0, 0-2-0 ECAC) pulled freshman goaltender Robyn Chemago to have a two-man advantage, but Bobcats (6-1-1, 1-1-) netminder Chelsea Laden stood tall. Laden made several key saves down the stretch on point-blank shots before Amanda Colin scored on an empty net with just two ticks remaining to ice the game.
The loss, the Big Green is 0-8-3 in their last 11 games versus top-10 opponents. The last win for Dartmouth against a nationally ranked foe came against Northeastern in November 2011.
Dartmouth freshman Kennedy Ottenbreit netted her first collegiate goal, and teammate Lindsey Allen added her third goal of the season.
Laden turned aside 19 shots to pick up the victory, while Chemago made 22 saves.
Columbia 2, Dartmouth 0
Hanover — The second half proved to be the better half for Columbia, as Will Stamatis and Andrew Tinari netted goals in the latter 45 minutes to give the Lions a at Dartmouth.
David Najem recorded assists on both goals.
The Big Green narrowly edged Columbia in shots in the first half, but it was Columbia that had the best scoring chance. The Lions’ Antonio Matarazzo had a great look at the goal in the 21st minute, but Dartmouth goalkeeper James Hickok came up with a great save to keep the game scoreless.
Columbia keeper Kyle Jackson made his lone save of the half three minutes prior, while Hickok ended the half with three stops.
The Big Green looked like it was in a position to knot the game at 1-1 in the 77th minute, but Colin Skelly’s header hit the post. Six minutes later, Tinari provided an insurance goal for the Lions.
Husson 1 (ot)
New London — Colby-Sawyer (8-6-2, 4-3-2 NAC) battled to a draw with Husson (5-6-4, 5-1-3). A goal by the Chargers’ Isaac Nichols’ in the 34th minuted knotted the game at 1.
Dartmouth 4, Columbia 2
Hanover — Marina Moschitto came off the bench to score twice as Dartmouth (7-5-3, 3-2 Ivy) doubled up Columbia (7-5-3, 0-3-2).
Holly Patterson and Corey Delaney also scored for the Big Green, which out-shot the Lions 20-4 and also held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Tatiana Saunders was not called upon to make a save in net for Dartmouth, which led 2-1 at halftime.
Colby-Sawyer 3, Husson 0
New London — Sarah Little and Kelsey Campbell scored as Colby-Sawyer shut out Husson to coplete an undefeated season in the North Atlantic Conference.
The Chargers locked up the top seed in this week’s NAC tournament with a perfect 9-0 record. Colby-Sawyer also set a program record for most wins in a season with 16.
St. Jospeh’s (Maine) 2 Colby-Sawyer 0
New London — Colby-Sawyer lost to Saint Joseph’s in the Chargers’ season finale.
The Chargers end the season at 6-11 overall and 1-8 in NAC play.