Nighty-night, Knights: Dartmouth hockey beats second top-10 foe

  • Tanner Palocsik, of Dartmouth, snaps his stick on a slap shot on the the Clarkson goal at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Dartmouth was up 2-1 after the second period. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News photographs — James M. Patterson

  • Drew O’Connor, of Dartmouth, number 18, tries to find an opening as Clarkson goalie Frank Marotte and teammate Greg Moro close the gaps at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Dartmouth was up 2-1 after the second period. Zach Tsekos, of Clarkson is at right. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — James M. Patterson

  • After a collision with Mathieu Gosselin, of Clarkson, right, Will Graber, of Dartmouth, middle, tries to maintain control as Jamie Collins, of Clarkson, approaches the puck at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Dartmouth was up 2-1 after the second period. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Staff Report
Published: 1/17/2020 10:36:03 PM
Modified: 1/17/2020 10:35:06 PM

HANOVER — The Dartmouth College men’s hockey team upset its second top-10 team of the season, using Tyler Campbell’s goal with 2 minutes, 42 seconds remaining to beat No. 7 Clarkson, 3-2, at Thompson Arena on Friday night.

The deciding play began with Sam Hesler passing from the slot’s right side to Erik Urbank high in the opposite circle. Urbank’s hard shot hit goaltender Frank Marotte and dribbled through his legs and into the crease. Skating in from the netminder’s right, Campbell lunged to give the puck momentum across the goal line.

The result snapped Clarkson’s four-game winning streak and improved Dartmouth to 9-5-3 overall and 6-3-1 in ECAC play. The Big Green, tied for sixth place with Colgate, might climb into the 12-team conference’s top five with a Saturday victory over visiting St. Lawrence (3-18-3, 1-11-0).

The Golden Knights (15-5-2, 9-3-0), who entered the night with eight victories in their last 10 games to move atop the ECAC standings, hit the post twice during a scoreless first period.

Dartmouth opened the scoring three minutes into the second period when a Clarkson pass bounced off another Golden Knight and behind Marotte. A frantic attempt to sweep the puck out of the crease instead saw the rubber bounce off Marotte’s backside and into the net. Nearby Collin Rutherford was credited with the tally.

Clarkson forged a tie slightly more than a minute later. Dartmouth lost a faceoff in its own end and after Adrian Clark made a save, the puck caromed to his left and settled near the goal line. Josh Dunne skated on to it and fired a scoring shot between Clark and Drew O’Connor, who was standing pressed against the near post. 

Dartmouth was unable to capitalize on 94 seconds’ worth of a 5-on-3 power play midway through the second period. However, Will Graber put the hosts up, 2-1, eight minutes before the second intermission. Trailing a rush into the Clarkson zone, the big senior took a pass, cut around a sprawling defender in the slot and used two others as a screen before scoring over Marotte’s glove at the right post.

Clarkson struck for a 2-2 tie 10 minutes into the third period. Two quick passes moved the puck from one corner to the opposite point, from where Connor McCarthy unleashed a quick wrist shot past a charging Urbank and through Clark’s legs.

Clark finished with 28 saves and Marotte with 25.

Notes: Cornell’s lone loss this season remains a Dec. 7 setback at Thompson. The Big Red began Friday 12-1-2. … Former Dartmouth star Tyler Sikura continues his quest to reach the NHL. The 27-year old is playing his third consecutive season with the AHL’s Rockford (Ill.) IceHogs and has 10 goals and 13 points in his first 39 games this winter. … Sikura’s former Big Green teammate, Eric Neiley, is back with the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators after a campaign in England. He has 13 goals and 20 assists in 34 contests. One of his teammates is Dartmouth graduate Nick Bligh, who has eight goals and seven assists in 28 games. … Playing in Italy this season is another onetime Dartmouth forward, Brandon McNally, who’s suited up for Asiago and Val Pusteria. … Another ECHL skater from Dartmouth is Indianapolis Fuel defenseman Tim Shoup, who has three goals and seven assists in 24 games. … Over in Scotland, you’ll find former Big Green defenseman Rick Pinkston, who has four goals, 28 assists and 102 penalty minutes for the Fife Flyers. … Another Dartmouth alum is Norfolk (Va.) Admirals defenseman River Rymsha. After playing a graduate year at Miami of Ohio, he has five goals and five assists in 31 contests for the ECHL’s worst team.

— Tris Wykes




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