Big Green turn back Huskies

  • Dartmouth College goaltender Adrian Clark faces off with UConn's Ruslan Iskhakov during the second period's final seconds Sunday at the 31st annual Ledyard Classic tournament at Thompson Arena. Iskhakov scored a shorthanded goal on the play to tie it at 1-1. Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. » Buy this Image » valley news photographs — Tris Wykes

  • UConn goaltender Tomas Vomacka sprays himself in the face with a water bottle during Sunday's game with host Dartmouth College. The teams met in the final game of the 31st annual Ledyard Classic tournament. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. » Buy this Image » —Tris Wykes

  • Dartmouth College forward Daniel Warpecha awaits a faceoff Sunday during his team's game against UConn at Thompson Arena. The clash occurred during the final game of the 31st annual Ledyard Classic tournament. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. » Buy this Image » —Tris Wykes

  • Dartmouth College goaltender Adrian Clark stretches to deny UConn's Payusov during the teams' Sunday meeting at Thompson Arena in the final game of the 31st annual Ledyard Classic tournament. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. » Buy this Image » —Tris Wykes

  • Dartmouth College men's hockey coach Bob Gaudet is seen Sunday shortly before the start of his 999th game behind an ECAC bench. Goaltender Adrian Clark is behind him. The Big Green met UConn during the final game of the 31st annual Ledyard Classic tournament at Thompson Arena. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. » Buy this Image »

  • Dartmouth College forward Quin Foreman and UConn players Wyatt Newpower (22) and Tomas Vomacka wait the puck's descent Sunday at Thompson Arena. The foes clashed in the final game of the 31st annual Ledyard Classic tournament. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. » Buy this Image » valley news — Tris Wykes

Valley News staff writer
Published: 12/29/2019 10:20:58 PM
Modified: 1/13/2020 12:51:52 PM

The Dartmouth College men’s hockey team won the 31st annual Ledyard Classic tournament’s final game in dramatic fashion Sunday, downing UConn, 4-3, on Quin Foreman’s sniper shot with four minutes remaining. The Big Green had trailed, 3-1, with 15 minutes to play.

The deciding sequence saw Foreman and Mark Gallant bear down 2-on-1 against a backskating Husky defenseman. Eschewing a right-to-left pass, Foreman instead took his time before rifling a wrist shot high and inside the near post.

“He can really rip the puck,” Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet said of the junior. “He kind of looked the defenseman and the goalie off like he was going to pass it and then shot back the other way. He was second on our team in scoring as a freshman and led it as a sophomore, but still, not a lot of people know about him.”

Said Foreman: “The defenseman moved over a couple of feet towards the middle of the ice. He kind of gave me the shot.”

Dartmouth opened the scoring 14 minutes into the second period. Drew O’Connor won a faceoff to goaltender Tomas Vomacka’s left, pulling the puck back to Foreman atop the circle, from where he whipped a shot over the far Czech’s shoulder. The Big Green trailed in shots at that point, 20-12.

The Huskies scored an unlikely equalizer with just 4.1 seconds to play before the second intermission. O’Connell, trying to handle the puck at center point, had it hop over his stick, sending Ruslan Iskhakov off a 120-foot breakaway against goaltender Adrian Clark. The Russian swiftly moved from backhand to forehand and scored at the left post.

UConn went up, 2-1, five minutes into the third period after Dartmouth defenseman Brendan Demler fired an attempted clearing pass from below the goal line to Clark’s left. It was picked off by Vladislav Firstov at the top of the near circle. A quick feed to the bottom of the circle and Carter Turnbull scored on Clark with his backhand.

The Huskies went up, 3-1, less than a minute later. O’Connor lost a faceoff to Clark’s left and Turnbull tipped in a shot from the point.

Dartmouth (6-4-2) pulled within 3-2 fewer than two minutes later. Clark batted a puck into the air and O’Connor skated the rebound behind the net and then the length of the ice before scoring. The sophomore was a major part of the reason roughly 25 NHL scouts attended the tournament’s two days.

“I think (UConn) thought he was just going to dump the puck in, because he’d been out there a long time and was so tired,” Foreman said. “He had stopped skating and pretty much just glided into the zone. He’s got a great shot, but that wasn’t one of them. He was laughing when he came back to the bench.”

The Big Green forged a 3-3 tie midway through the final period when Sam Hessler struck out of a goalmouth scramble. No Dartmouth player celebrated the tally and Hessler banged his stick on the ice in frustration. However, the referees went to video review and, improbably, pointed to center ice upon exiting the scorer’s booth. An announced crowd of 2,313 roared in surprised delight.

“It’s almost better to win a game like this than 3-0,” Foreman said. “To have a long comeback that takes everyone working together, that’s big.”




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