BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomore goaltender Charles Grant stopped 33 shots and was the difference Friday night as the Dartmouth men’s hockey team earned a 1-1 tie at Gutterson Fieldhouse against No. 20 Vermont.
Just days after his roughest collegiate outing, allowing eight to Northeastern in an 8-8 tie Monday night in Hanover, the Big Green (2-11-2) second-year netminder bounced back with 33 saves against a quick and skilled Catamount team (10-6-2).
Grant (2-6-2) stopped a game-high 14 stops in the opening period and was tested again in the final frame, making another 13 with just six in the middle period. It was his fifth 30-plus save performance in the last six games.
The tie came in the 800th career game behind the bench for head coach Bob Gaudet between Brown (1988-1997) and his alma mater (1997-present).
The tie was just the sixth in 79 all-time meetings between the two longtime regional rivals and the first since 2001. The teams hadn’t even played an overtime game since a playoff battle in March 2005 when they both were members of ECAC Hockey, the final year for Vermont before jumping to Hockey East.
After a back-and-forth defensive battle for much of the first two periods, freshman Grant Opperman was able to break the scoreless tie with his third of the season at 16:13 of the second frame.
Sophomore Nick Bligh was credited with the assist as he held the puck in along the halfboards, pushing it to an open area in the low slow. Opperman corralled the puck and put a quick, low turnaround shot between the pads of Brody Hoffman for the first tally of the night.
Vermont finally got on the board 5:05 into the third period as Brady Shaw knocked in a loose puck sitting in crease to tie the game at 1-1.
Neither team managed another goal in the final period of regulation as Dartmouth headed to OT for the second straight contest and the fifth time in 2013-14.
The special teams for both squads came up empty Friday as the Green were 0-for-3 with the man-advantage, while the Catamounts were held without a power-play score on two chances.
Opposite Grant, Vermont’s Hoffman finished the night with 23 saves.
Dartmouth is back in action Wednesday night at Boston University. Game time between the Big Green and Terriers inside Agganis Arena is set for 7 p.m.