HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s hockey team capped a season sweep of No. 7 Clarkson with a 3-2 win Friday night at Thompson Arena.
The victory was the 300th behind the Big Green bench for head coach Bob Gaudet ’81, joining the legendary Eddie Jeremiah ’30 as the only two coaches in program history to reach the milestone.
"Eddie Jeremiah is a legend, an icon. I can't tie his skates,” Gaudet said of joining the US Hockey Hall of Famer. “To be mentioned in the same sentence as him is one of the most humbling moments of my life."
Although the postgame talk was about Gaudet, during the game it was focused on the play of senior netminder Devin Buffalo who was outstanding for the Big Green (11-13-2, 9-9-1 ECAC). Buffalo finished the night with 33 saves, but none were bigger than his glove save with just under six minutes remaining and his team up a goal.
With the Golden Knights (19-6-5, 11-4-4) buzzing around the net looking for the equalizer, Jack Jacome got the puck alone in the slot and Buffalo down on his back and with no stick. The Dartmouth goalie managed to stack his pads and throw his glove into the air and get just enough of the shot to keep the puck out of the net on a play that certainly looked like it would be Clarkson’s third goal.
“That was one of the best saves I have ever seen,” Gaudet said. “I’m not just saying that because of how physically impressive it was, but combine that with the point in the game it happened and what the score was. Buff played well for us all night, but that save was something else.”
Tied 1-1 going into the third period, the home team got a goal 51 seconds into the frame from sophomore Charley Michalowski, his fourth of the season. The score that followed and would eventually prove to be the game winner was one of the oddest goals many in the building had ever seen.
Sophomore Cam Strong fired a slap shot from center ice into the offensive zone. The puck hit the boards behind the net and bounced back toward the crease and the side of the goal post where Clarkson goalie Jake Kielly attempted to cover it, but inadvertently pushed it back into his own net for the goal with 16:44 showing on the scoreboard.
Dylan Gareau would cut the deficit to just one at 3-2 for the visitors with 7:05 left, but the Buffalo glove save and several more followed to preserve the win.
Shane Sellar — the reigning ECAC Hockey player of the Week — started the scoring with a breakaway tally at 9:27 of the first after breaking up a pass in the defensive zone and deking Kielly out of position for the backhander 150 feet later. Devin Brosseau had the lone Clarkson goal in the opening 40 minutes, tying the game at 17:55 of the second.
But the night belonged to Buffalo and his head coach. The 20th win of the senior netminder’s career helped secure the 300th at his alma mater for the 21-year Dartmouth coach.
The result marked just the second season sweep of Clarkson by the Green and White, accomplishing the feat only once before in 2005-06. Both of Dartmouth’s wins this season against their league foes from Potsdam have come with the Golden Knights ranked in the top-10 as they were No. 2 in the last 3-2 affair in January.
After all the results across ECAC Hockey shook out, Dartmouth moved into a three-way tie for fifth place with Princeton and Yale as all three have 19 points. Colgate is one point back and in eighth place, while Quinnipiac sits in ninth with 16.
The Big Green close out the regular season home slate Saturday against St. Lawrence at 7 p.m.