SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – It came down to the final seconds, but an onslaught of chances in the last minute fell short for the Dartmouth men’s hockey team in a 2-1 loss on the road at Union’s Messa Rink Saturday night.
Big Green (10-13-2, 8-9-1 ECAC) senior defenseman Tim Shoup scored 1:16 into the third period to tie the game at 1-1. However, a Liam Morgan goal off an offensive zone faceoff with 7:34 remaining proved to be the game winner for the Dutchmen (18-13-1, 13-5-0).
A Ryan Scarfo goal 1:53 into the second marked the first goal of the game and came just four seconds into a power play. It was only the third power-play goal allowed by the Dartmouth penalty killers since returning from winter break, a stretch of 13 games.
The story of the game, though, had little to do with the scoring and more to do with those trying to prevent scores from happening. Sophomore Adrian Clark got the nod in net for the visitors, making 18 saves.
Clark may have only seen 20 shots in the game, but when Union was able to get pucks through, they were quality, challenging the Dartmouth netminder throughout. Part of the reason for the low shots against was 14 blocks from the team in green.
At the other end, Jake Kupsky was on his game, stopping 35-of-36 shots that the Green and White threw his way. Kupsky was forced to make 28 saves in the first two periods as Dartmouth controlled play and set the tempo of the game through 40 minutes, despite being down a goal.
Assisting on the Shoup goal was sophomore Will Graber. The helper was his fourth of the weekend and his sixth point after registering five Friday night at RPI.
Dartmouth is back home for the final regular season weekend at Thompson Arena next Friday and Saturday. The team will host Clarkson and St. Lawrence with both scheduled to start at 7 p.m.