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College hockey: Dartmouth holds off Union rally, 3-2

Sunday, November 11, 2012
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— It wasn’t the way Union wanted to go into its exam break.

The eighth-ranked Dutchmen struggled for two periods against Dartmouth on Saturday. By the time the Dutchmen got going, it was too late.

Despite scoring two third-period goals, the Dutchmen couldn’t overcome a 3-0 deficit and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Big Green in a battle of ECAC Hockey undefeated teams at Thompson Arena.

The win moved Dartmouth (4-0 ECACH, 5-0-1 overall) into sole possession of first place in the standings. The Dutchmen (3-1, 6-2-1) had their six-game unbeaten streak snapped.

The final-exam period for the first trimester starts Thursday and concludes the following Tuesday. The Dutchmen will return to action Nov. 24, when they host Penn State for a two-game series at Messa Rink. So, when they aren’t studying for their exams, the players will have time to ponder what went wrong.

“It was kind of sporadic, the effort tonight,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “It wasn’t a great team effort, but I thought some guys that haven’t been playing great stepped up tonight, which was nice, and some of the guys that have been playing well just had an off night. It’s going to happen. Do you want it to happen in a first-place game? No. But you’ve got to learn from this one.”

Brandon McNally gave Dartmouth a 1-0 lead 4:42 into the game. Eric Robinson made it 2-0 with 6:54 left in the second.

The killer goal came with eight-tenths of a second left, when Matt Lindblad banged home a loose puck.

“It always starts with an error, and one of our forwards decided that we wanted to play [the puck] back to our zone when they had every opportunity to go forward with it,” Bennett said. “It snowballed from there.”

None of Dartmouth’s goals could be blamed on sophomore goalie Colin Stevens. The Niskayuna native started in place of Troy Grosenick, who was injured early in the second period of Friday’s Harvard game.

“We left him out to dry on some of those shots,” Bennett said. “I thought Colin Stevens played well.”

The Dutchmen scored twice in the first 2:10 of the third. Daniel Carr got the first one at even strength 39 seconds into the period. Matt Hatch closed the gap to one on a short-handed goal.

Despite the loss, Bennett is happy with where the team is at heading into exams. He believes the break is coming at the right time.

“If you told me that we would be 6-2-1 going into the exam break, I would have taken it,” Bennett said. “The majority of those games were on the road. We’ve learned a lot with the record we have, but we have a long way to go.”

Union 0 0 2 — 2

Dartmouth 1 2 0 — 3

First Period — 1, Dartmouth, McNally 2 (Sikura, Robinson), 4:42. Penalty — A. Simpson, Dart (cross-checking), 6:04.

Second Period — 2, Dartmouth, Robinson 7 (McNally, Boldt), 13:06. 3, Dartmouth, Linblad 3 (Keenan, Sikura), 19:59. Penalty — Keenan, Dart (tripping), 3:48.

Third Period — 4, Union, Carr 3 (Jooris), :39. 5, Union, Hatch 5 (Ikkala), 2:10 (sh). Penalties — Novak, Uni (hooking), 1:15; Walsh, Dart (tripping), 5:14; Union bench, served by Wilkins (too many men), 6:04; Patterson, Dart (cross-checking), 9:08.

Shots on Goal — Union 11-10-9 — 30. Dartmouth 3-11-6 — 20.

Power-play opportunities — Union 0 of 4; Dartmouth 0 of 2.

Goalies — Union, Stevens 2-1-0 (20 shots-17 saves). Dartmouth, Morris 3-0-1 (30-28).

A — 2,897. T — 2:00.

Referees — Scott Wheeler, Mike Baker. Linesmen — Stephen Drain, Joe Testa.

no. 14 harvard 4, rpi 0

BOSTON — Jimmy Vesey scored twice, powering the 14th-ranked Crimson past the Engineers at Bright Hockey Center.

RPI (0-4, 1-5-2) is 0-5-2 since opening the season with a win over Ferris State.

After dropping a 4-0 decision to Dartmouth on Friday, RPI coach Seth Appert may have been trying to send a message to his team by dressing just 16 skaters, two under the limit, against Harvard.

But it was the Crimson (2-2, 3-2) who had the spark in the first period. They outshot the Engineers, 22-5, and took a 2-0 lead on goals by Marshall Everson and Brian Hart.

RPI 0 0 0 — 0

Harvard 2 1 1 — 4

First Period — 1, Harvard, Everson 2 (Fallstrom, Greiner), 9:05. 2, Harvard, Hart 1 (McGregor, O’Regan), 14:14. Penalties — Curadi, RPI (roughing), 6:38; McGowan, RPI (cross-checking), 11:37; Everson, Har (roughing), 20:00.

Second Period — 3, Harvard, Vesey 4, 9:14. Penalties — Zalewski, RPI (interference), 10:20; O’Grady, RPI (boarding), 12:30; Criscuolo, Har (tripping), 19:44.

Third Period — 4, Harvard, Vesey 5, 19:57 (en). Penalties — RPI bench, served by Zalewski (too many men), 8:56; Fallstrom, Har (elbowing), 10:04.

Shots on Goal — RPI 5-13-6 — 24. Harvard 22-14-2 — 38.

Power-play opportunities — RPI 0 of 3; Harvard 0 of 6.

Goalies — RPI, Merriam 0-3-1 (37 shots-34 saves). Harvard, Girard 3-2-0 (24-24).

A — 2,334. T — 2:05.

Referees — Tim Kotyra, Andy O’Brien. Linesmen — Landon Bathe, Jim Briggs.

skidmore 5, saint anselm 4

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Brendan Cottam and David Limoges had a goal and assist each to help the Thoroughbreds overcome a first-period hat trick by the Hawks’ Liam McKillop and post an ECAC East victory.

Saint Anselm 3 0 1 — 4

Skidmore 1 2 2 — 5

First Period — 1, Saint Anselm, McKillop 1 (Jenkins, Hyslip), 5:08. 2, Saint Anselm, McKillop 2, 8:06. 3, Skidmore, Limoges 1, 11:31. 4, Saint Anselm, McKillop 3 (King, Richard), 16:58.

Second Period — 5, Skidmore, Nilsson 2 (Limoges, Giacin), 1:30. 6, Skidmore, Schuler 4 (Gavrik, Morelli), 5:52.

Third Period — 7, Skidmore, Even 1 (Cottam, Powers), 2:53. 8, Skidmore, Cottam 3 (Weinstein, Krajnak), 8:25. 9, Saint Anselm, Richard 6 (Merrill, Tebano), 12:46 (pp).

Shots on Goal — Saint Anselm 9-10-7 — 26. Skidmore 8-14-6 — 28.

Power-play opportunities — Saint Anselm 1 of 4; Skidmore 0 of 2.

Goalies — Saint Anselm, Kang 2-1-1 (28 shots-23 saves). Skidmore, Sodokoff (6-4), Freiberg 1-0-0 (20-18).

Women

princeton 1, union 1

SCHENECTADY — Rhianna Kurio scored with 35 seconds left in regulation, enabling the Dutchwomen to earn their second ECACH tie of the weekend at Messa Rink.

Union (0-2-2, 3-5-2) skated to a 2-2 tie Friday against Quinnipiac.

Dutchwomen goalie Shenae Lundberg was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:30 left. The move paid off when Kurio got her second goal of the season.

Princeton 1 0 0 0 — 1

Union 0 0 1 0 — 1

First Period — 1, Princeton, Cooke 4 (Kinney, Stearns), 18:58 (pp). Penalties — Stearns, Pri (tripping), 7:11; Johnston, Uni (interference), 17:48; MacDonald, Pri (interference), 19:28.

Second Period — None. Penalties — Stearns, Pri (hooking), 5:59; Princeton bench (too many players), 7:20; McGrath, Uni (holding), 11:36.

Third Period — 2, Union, Kurio 2 (Valente, Norton), 19:25. Penalties — Corbin, Uni (contact to head), 1:33; Johnston, Uni (cross-checking), 6:30; Figueroa, Pri (high-sticking), 10:24.

Overtime — None. Penalties — None.

Shots on Goal — Princeton 12-3-11-1 — 27. Union 8-14-13-0 — 35.

Power-play opportunities — Princeton 1 of 4; Union 0 of 5.

Goalies — Princeton, Newell 3-3-2 (35 shots-34 saves). Union, Lundberg 2-2-2 (27-26).

A — 209. T — 1:58.

Referees — William Lyons, Kate Connolly. Linesmen — Matt Brady, John Kilmer.

quinnipiac 3, rpi 2

TROY — Kelly Babstock had a goal and an assist to lift the Bobcats past the Engineers at Houston Field House.

Lauren Wash and Eleeza Cox scored for RPI (0-4, 2-7-1).

Quinnipiac 2 0 1 — 3

RPI 1 0 1 — 2

First Period — 1, Quinnipiac, Kosta 7 (Babstock), 2:26 (pp). 2, Quinnipiac, Brown 2 (Roesler, Borgfeldt), 3:51. 3, RPI, Wash 3 (Mahoney), 19:33. Penalties — Daniels, RPI (interference), 1:34; Lyons, Qui (checking), 10:23.

Second Period — None. Penalties — Smelker, RPI (slashing), 8:49; Cox, RPI (obstruction), 18:09.

Third Period — 4, Quinnipiac, Babstock 13, 5:43. 5, RPI, Cox 5 (Godin), 18:39. Penalties — Lyons, Qui (tripping), 10:43; Godin, RPI (checking), 13:46.

Shots on Goal — Quinnipiac 7-7-8 — 22. RPI 10-10-12 — 32.

Power-play opportunities — Quinnipiac 1 of 4; RPI 0 of 2.

Goalies — Vigilanti 5-2-1 (32 shots-30 saves). RPI, O’Brien 1-6-0 (22-19).

A — 60. T — 1:56.

Referees — Will Harrop, Derek Zuckerman. Linesmen — Bob Gallagher, Chad Gouin.

 
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