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Big Green Knock Off #8 Union, 3-2, to Remain Unbeaten in 2012-13

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By Mark Washburn
HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's hockey team keeps rolling as a 3-2 win against No. 8 Union Saturday night at Thompson Arena has the team 5-0-1 overall and 4-0-0 in ECAC Hockey play.
The Big Green remain the only program in the country with an unblemished record, snapping the Dutchmen's seven-game unbeaten streak in the process. The eight points also have the Green alone atop the league's standings, having defeated the team it was tied with coming into the night's contest.
The match-up featured the nation's top offensive team in Union (4.62 goals per game) against the nation's top defensive team in Dartmouth (1.40 goals allowed per contest). In the end, the Big Green held the Dutchmen to their second-lowest scoring total of the season to hold on for the victory.
The game-winning goal came with 0.8 seconds left in the second period as junior Matt Lindblad knocked in a loose rebound behind Union's starting goalie, Colin Stevens.
The puck was sent around the dasher boards and with two seconds left captain Mike Keenan put a shot on goal that found space between Stevens' pads, but sat untouched in the crease before Lindblad could knock it in to give Dartmouth a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.
The Dutchmen came out strong in the third, however, scoring two goals in the first 2:10. Daniel Carr beat Dartmouth's Cab Morris with a wrist shot in the opening minute that snapped Morris' stretch of 152:39 without allowing a goal.
Matt Hatch added a shorthanded marker 1:31 later to pull to within one, 3-2. But that would be the last shot that Morris allowed past him as he finished the night with 28 saves. The junior netminder improves to 3-0-1 on the year, while Union falls to 6-2-1 overall and 3-1-0 in league play with the loss.
A great defensive effort was complimented once again by timely scoring from the Green and White's forwards.
Junior Eric Robinson made it 2-0 13:06 into the second as he finished off a beautiful passing play with sophomore Brandon McNally for his team-leading seventh goal of the season. The Foxborough, Mass., native has scored once in all six games this year and has nine points in that time.
McNally's assist was his second point of the night as his one-timer in the slot 4:42 into the game got the scoring started. Robinson picked up his second assist of the season on that tally as he moved the puck to Tyler Sikura for the centering feed from the side of the goal.
Sikura now has points in all six games and leads the team with 11 and seven helpers. The Aurora, Ontario, native was also credited on Lindblad's score as he was the player that sent the puck around the boards. His 1.83 points per game is the third-best figure in the nation with Robinson's 1.50 tied for seventh.
Union finished the night with a 30-20 advantage in shots, but Morris has been steadfast in the Dartmouth goal this season. His 1.22 goals-against average ranks second in Division I while his .946 ranks sixth.
Dartmouth sits atop the league standings thanks to its second straight weekend sweep at home as it defeated Rensselaer, 4-0, Friday night at Thompson.
The Big Green now face a tough road test next weekend as they head to Colgate and Cornell for two league games in tough venues for visiting teams.