HAMDEN, Conn. – The Dartmouth men’s hockey team fell, 3-1, to No. 6 Quinnipiac Friday night at the High Point Solutions Arena at TD Bank Sports Center in an ECAC Hockey match-up.
The loss continues 2013-14’s slow start for the Big Green, dropping them to 0-8-0 and 0-6-0 in league play. The sixth-ranked Bobcats improve to 11-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 against ECAC Hockey foes.
Starting goaltender Cab Morris put together one of the best efforts of the season in the loss, stopping 26 shots.
“I thought we played well again tonight,” head coach Bob Gaudet said after the game. “We came in here after a tough loss last night and played one of our best games of the season against a very good Quinnipiac team.
“We’re working hard and will get back on track soon,” Gaudet continued.
Quinnipiac led, 1-0, after the first period as Bryce Van Brabant netted the frame’s only tally just 3:06 in with a perfectly placed shot under the crossbar.
The second period saw the Bobcats build the lead to 3-0 with Cory Hibbler and Jordan Samuels-Thomas goals at 3:59 and 12:14, respectively.
The middle frame would not end, however, without Tim O'Brien breaking through with his second goal of the weekend to cut the deficit to two at 17:33. The sophomore received a long stretch pass from classmate Geoff Ferguson, sending the winger in all alone where he beat Quinnipiac goalie Michael Garteig with a wrist shot from the slot that found space under the blocker.
No one managed to get the puck by either goaltender again in the third as the contest ended 3-1 in favor of the home team, stretching its unbeaten streak to 12 games (11-0-1).
For the first time since the season opener on Oct. 25, Dartmouth was held without a power-play goal as Quinnipiac killed off both man-advantage opportunities. The Bobcats held a 29-20 advantage in shots.Dartmouth will have a week off before it returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. against Harvard. The game with the Crimson will also serve as the team’s annual CHaD Toy Drive, providing new toys to kids at CHaD