MANCHESTER, N.H. – No. 20 New Hampshire edged the Dartmouth men’s hockey team, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Wireless Arena, scoring twice in the final three minutes to earn the Battle of the RiverStone XIII title.
“I thought this was a really good college hockey game, probably a great one to watch for the fans in the stands,” head coach Bob Gaudet said. “We’re a little banged up right now and everyone who can play is, but I think we are really gelling and playing a good brand of hockey at this point in the season.”
Schierhorn got Dartmouth on the board first just 1:07 into the contest, redirecting a Grant Opperman shot between the circles. For his second in as many games UNH (13-10-1) answered back soon thereafter as Kevin Goumas scored at the 2:32 mark.
The Wildcats took the lead at 10:01 of the opening period as Matt Willows scored early in a power-play opportunity.
It would remain that same score for the next 40-plus minutes until both teams put together an exciting finish that electrified the crowd on hand.
Mosey buried a rebound in the slot with 3:20 left after Jesse Beamish’s shot from the halfboards was kicked out and redirected off Jack Barre’s stick to the uncovered junior waiting to attack. The goal found space under the bar and beyond the reach of UNH goalie Casey DeSmith for Mosey’s fourth in the last five games.
However, like the opening frame, the Wildcats wasted little time in getting themselves back on the scoresheet. Dalton Speelman’s shot from the point through a screen in front eventually settled just inside the far post, bulging the net for the eventual game winner and earning the senior winger MVP honors.
Goumas would add an insurance goal for UNH in the final minute on a delayed penalty call, sliding a puck inside the post with 33 seconds left for the first two-goal advantage of the day.
Sophomore Charles Grant once again put together a solid effort in goal, stopping 28 shots in the game. His play in the second period, turning aside 13, helped keep the Big Green in the game as the two teams headed for the final stanza.
The Big Green failed to score on its lone power play in the game, a shortened opportunity in the second period, while the Wildcats were 1-for-4 with the man-advantage. A dominating stretch with the puck in the third helped the Green and White finish the contest with a 34-32 edge in shots with DeSmith earning the win with 32 saves.
Dartmouth returns to action next week at home, hosting Colgate on Friday night and Cornell on Saturday. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at Thompson Arena both evenings.