Reid all about it: New coach dives into Dartmouth men’s hockey campaign

  • Reid Cashman

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/28/2021 9:51:24 PM
Modified: 10/28/2021 9:51:32 PM

HANOVER — After 601 days, the wait is finally over for the Dartmouth College men’s hockey team.

The Big Green will hit the ice Friday night for the first time since March 7, 2020, as they usher in the Reid Cashman era. Cashman was hired as head coach in June 2020 following the retirement of longtime coach Bob Gaudet, and he said the canceled 2020-21 season gave him and his assistants the chance to learn more about the college and the program.

“We had three new coaches who had to learn what kind of kids we had in our program, we had to learn about our admissions process, we had to learn the history of Dartmouth,” Cashman said. “That year gave us the ability to do that and really formulate a plan on when we could get on the road, what kind of student-athlete we want to recruit, what kind of person we want to bring into this community.”

Dartmouth will be thrown into the fire right away, opening with an ECAC Hockey game at Thompson Arena against No. 15 Harvard. The Crimson defeated the Big Green, 4-0, last weekend in an exhibition contest, but Dartmouth beat No. 12 UMass the following evening in another exhibition. No. 5 Quinnipiac and No. 16 Cornell also loom as challenging conference opponents for the Big Green.

Senior defenseman Harrison Markell was named captain on Tuesday, the 121st in the history of a program that is seeking its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1980.

“It’s really exciting to know that the guys on the team felt that way about me,” Markell said. “I don’t think my role will change much from what I’ve been doing. A lot of different people lead in their own way.”

Here’s a look at the team:

Goaltenders: Justin Ferguson (Sr.), Troy Burkhart (Jr.), Clay Stevenson (So.)

Dartmouth will have a new face in the net following the graduation of Adrian Clark, who had an .897 save percentage in 2019-20.

Ferguson was Clark’s backup that season but only saw action in two games. He made 30 saves and allowed six goals in a loss to Harvard in early November.

“Our goaltending position is no different than any other position,” Cashman said. “It’s really been wide open. We’ve talked about competing for ice time, competing to be in the lineup and then within the lineup, competing for how much ice you get.”

Defense: Harrison Markell (Sr./capt.), Dylan Witzke (Fr.), Tyler Borsch (So.), Brock Paul (Jr.), Tanner Palocsik (Jr.), Jack Cameron (Jr.), Ian Pierce (Fr.), Brady MacDonald (Fr.), Sean Keohan (Jr.)

The Big Green’s defense will be anchored by Markell and Palocsik, the latter of whom led the team with 19 assists as a freshman in 2019-20. But with four underclassmen who have yet to play a college game, early growing pains are to be expected.

“Hopefully I can keep some of that offense going from freshman year,” Palocsik said. “But at the end of the day, it’s a new season and you’ve just got to focus on what’s in front of you.”

Forwards: Joey Musa (So.), Ryan Lovett (So.), Ryan Sorkin (So.), Mark Gallant (Jr.), Nick Unruh (So.), Steven Townley (Fr.), Sean Chisholm (Fr.), Tyler Campbell (Jr.), Braiden Dorfman (Fr.), Josh Waters (So.), Erik Urbank (Sr.), Matt Hubbarde (Fr.), Sam Hesler (Sr.), Nate Morgan (Fr.), Jeff Losurdo (Sr.), Trym Lokkeburg (Fr.)

Dartmouth’s forwards are even more inexperienced than the defense, with 11 underclassmen compared to just five upperclassmen. But Cashman had high praise for the unit’s three seniors. Losurdo had five goals and 10 assists in 2019-20, while Hesler scored three goals with nine assists.

“Jeff Losurdo, Sam Hesler and Erik Urbank are three guys who have set the tone from day one on how we should practice,” Cashman said. “When you have something you love taken away from you, which for these guys is competition in hockey, they’ve realized how valuable it is. They haven’t wasted a day.”

Townley, meanwhile, is a former Woodstock High standout from Quechee who led the Wasps to a VPA Division state title in 2018.

Benjamin Rosenberg can be reached at brosenberg@vnews.com or 603-727-3302.




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