ITHACA, N.Y. - Senior captain Mike Keenan scored on a shot from the point with 51.4 seconds left in regulation to help the No. 12 Dartmouth men's hockey team earn a 1-1 tie Saturday night against No. 10 Cornell at a sold-out Lynah Rink.
The tie helped the Big Green pick up a point to stay atop the ECAC Hockey standings with nine as they boast a record of 4-1-1 heading into a stretch of five straight non-conference tilts. Overall, the Green are 5-1-2 this season.
Cornell is now winless in its last five contests at 0-3-2. Overall, the Red are 3-3-2 and 1-3-2 in league play.
The Big Red's Dustin Mowrey actually gave his team the 1-0 lead 9:41 into the third period, finally breaking the stranglehold that goaltenders Charles Grant and Andy Iles had on the game.
Making his first career ECAC Hockey road start, the freshman Grant was impressive in stopping 26 shots in the Dartmouth net in the most hostile visiting arena for goaltenders in the league. Iles matched Grant save-for-save as he also finished the 65-minute game with that same figure.
Seven of Grant's saves came in the extra session.
It wasn't until that final minute with Grant pulled that the Big Green were able to finally get one beyond the pads of Iles for the equalizer.
With the puck finding its way around the boards and on to the stick of the left-handed Keenan, the team's second-year captain blasted a slap shot through traffic that seemed to ricochet off the shin pad of a defender and just inside the post.
Dustin Walsh and Charlie Mosey were credited with the assists after getting the puck deep in the zone and setting up Keenan at the left point.
Games like this have become the norm between these two programs as nine of the last 10 contests have been decided by either one goal (7) or ended in a draw (2).
The penalty kill was once again a strength for the Green and White as it did not allow a power-play marker on the Big Red's three chances. The Green have now killed off its opponents' last 19 power-play chances and leads the nation with a 96.5% success rate a man-down.
Dartmouth will be play its third straight Saturday against a top-10 team when it next takes to the ice in Chestnut Hill against No. 1 Boston College on Nov. 24 at 4 p.m.