College Roundup: Big Green Triumphs in OT

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Hanover — The Dartmouth College men’s hockey team rallied for a wild overtime victory Saturday at Thompson Arena, downing Rensselaer, 6-5, on Kevan Kilistoff’s deflection goal with 50 seconds remaining.

The Big Green captain, cutting diagonally from high to low through the right circle, tipped defenseman Brendan Less’ shot from the near point. The puck caromed downward and past RPI goaltender Chase Perry, who had entered the action midway through the second period.

“I was just trying to get a piece of the puck or screen the goalie,” said Kilistoff, adding that he never felt Less’ shot hit his stick, though replays appeared to show that to be the case. “We do a lot of practice drills where we’re tipping pucks, trying to change the direction just a little so the goalie can’t react quickly enough. He’s already squared up to the original shot.”

Dartmouth led, 4-1, midway through the second period and victory seemed almost a certainty. However, the Engineers struck for four consecutive goals to lead, 5-4, with three minutes remaining. Big Green rookie Quin Foreman then scored his second goal in as many nights, whistling a shot from below the left circle and past Perry with 1 minute, 23 seconds remaining in the third period.

Dartmouth built a 3-0 lead early in the second period on opening-stanza tallies by Matt Baker and Corey Kalk and a Will Graber strike 28 seconds after the first intermission. RPI cut its deficit to 3-1 two minutes later and Shane Sellar pushed the hosts’ lead to 4-1 with six minutes gone in the second period.

RPI then scored twice in a 29-second span midway through the middle frame and again two minutes later for a 4-4 tie. The Engineers went up, 5-4, three minutes into the third period.

Devin Buffalo made 19 saves for Dartmouth, which received a goal and two assists from Sellar. The Big Green’s six goals were the most it’s scored during a game this season and it hosts Quinnipiac and Princeton next weekend.

“If we would have blown that lead tonight, it would have bit us down the road,” Kilistoff said. “Earning those two points is huge.”

— Tris Wykes

Women’s Hockey

Dartmouth 3, Rensselaer 3 (ot)

Troy, n.y. — Dartmouth freshman Linda Essery scored the tying goal late in the third period as the Big Green (4-10-1 overall, 2-7-1 Ivy) played Rensselaer to a tie at te Houston Field House.

Junior Alyssa Baker and sophomore Christina Rombaut led the Big Green with two points apiece. Freshmen Essery, Jennifer Costa and Megan Cornell, and seniors Hailey Noronha and Morgan Turner all finished with a point. Junior netminder Christine Honor made 42 saves in the draw.

The Big Green outshot the Engineers, 3-2, in the extra period. Dartmouth travels to Cornell and Colgate next weekend.

Men’s Basketball

Harvard 61, Dartmouth 51

Boston — Harvard’s Seth Towns scored 16 points with three 3-pointers as the Crimson used the long ball to hold off Dartmouth in the Ivy League opener for both teams.

Harvard’s Justin Bassey, Seth Towns and Rio Haskett hit 3-pointers on three of four early possessions. The Crimson, which has defeated the Big Green in the last 11 Ivy League openers, broke contact and led by 10 at halftime.

Half of Harvard’s 50 shots were taken from long range, making 12-of-25. Harvard, the preseason Ivy favorite, has won five of the last seven league championships.

Miles Wright led Big Green with 23 points, his seventh 20-point game. Dartmouth’s 19 points on 7-for-20 shooting was its lowest-scoring half this season.

Colby-Sawyer 98, Thomas 46

New London — Colby-Sawyer (8-3 overall, 5-0 NAC) shot 53.9 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc in a blowout over its North Atlantic Conference foe.

Colby-Sawyer junior Jourdain Bell led five Chargers who scored double figures with 18 points. The Chargers will head to Husson and Maine Maritime this weekend.

Women’s Basketball

Colby-Sawyer 71, Thomas 40

New London — Sunapee’s Lexie Hamilton led the Chargers with 14 points as Colby-Sawyer won its seventh game of the year against NAC foe Thomas College at David L. Coffin Field House.

Chargers sophomore Tianna Sugars recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 18 rebounds. Freshman Joslin Wainwright, of Plainfield, added 12 points and seven points.

Senior Amanda Calvo chipped in seven points and seven steals.

Colby-Sawyer improved to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the NAC. The Chargers host Bates on Tuesday.