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No. 11 Dartmouth Scores Three in the Third to Defeat Bentley, 5-2

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. - Junior Matt Lindblad matched his career high with two goals and the No. 11 Dartmouth men's hockey team scored three in the third period to pull away from Bentley, 5-2, Saturday night at Thompson Arena.

He finished with three points, matching his career high, as he also added an assist on a third-period tally.

Lindblad's second of the night came 2:21 into the final frame and proved to be the eventual winner as he stuffed a wrap-around try by the pads of Flacons goaltender Branden Komm.

The junior winger had tied the game at two midway through the second period as he swatted in a Jack Barre rebound from the high slot to set himself up for the third-period heroics.

After Dartmouth (6-2-2) seemingly dominated the majority of the first period, outshooting Bentley (6-7-0), 21-7, the visitors got on the board with just nine seconds left to send the teams to the locker rooms tied at 1-1.

Building off the momentum of the late first-period goal, the Falcons looked like a different team for much of the middle stanza, controlling the play and dictating tempo before Jared Rickford gave them a 2-1 lead on his breakaway goal at the 7:20 mark.

The Big Green had experienced a third-period letdown in the last outing, allowing No. 1 Boston College to score three in the third for the 6-3 win last Saturday in Chestnut Hill.

Turning the tables this week, Dartmouth netted three of its own in the final period against Bentley to earn the 5-2 non-conference win.

Power-play tallies in the third from senior Dustin Walsh and Brandon McNally 10 minutes apart both came within the first 10 seconds of the man-advantage situations and proved to be the difference as the home team pulled away.

A battle of the nation's top power play unit (Bentley) and the top penalty killers (Dartmouth) ended in decisive favor for the home team. The Big Green were 6-for-6 playing down a man, while going 2-for-6 on the power play themselves.

The Green have not allowed a power-play goal in their last 26 penalty kill situations dating back to Nov. 2 against Yale. Overall this season, the team is 35-for-36 for a national-best 97.2% success rate.

Cab Morris settled into the game, making 18 saves as he improves to 4-1-1 this season. Komm was peppered all night, finishing with 32 saves as Dartmouth held a 37-20 advantage in shots.

Making his home debut, freshman Nick Bligh finally got on the scoresheet, assisting on the team's first and fifth goals. Other first-year contributions came from a Brad Schierhorn goal to open the game and an assist from Geoff Ferguson on the winning tally; his first career point.

Walsh finished with a goal and an assist, while senior captain Mike Keenan's two assists were a season high for points. Tyler Sikura also finished the night with two points, assisting on Lindblad's first and Walsh's power-play marker.

A non-conference tilt with Vermont is ahead for the Green and White on Wednesday night at Thompson. The game between the Catamounts and Big Green will be broadcast live to a national audience on the NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to be a part of the team's annual CHaD Toy Drive that continues that night, as well as to come out and meet five former Dartmouth players (Tanner Glass, Nick Johnson, Ben Lovejoy, Lee Stempniak and David Jones) now in the NHL returning for a postgame autograph session.