HANOVER, N.H. - Senior Dustin Walsh scored twice in the second period and the No. 10 Dartmouth men's hockey team knocked off non-conference rival Vermont, 4-2, Wednesday night at Thompson Arena in a game shown live on the NBC Sports Network.
A packed house of 4,112 saw the Big Green improve to 7-2-2 overall this season with the win over the rival Catamounts. The victory snapped a four-game slide to the one-time ECAC Hockey travel partner from Burlington for the home team.
Despite being outshot, 32-17, Dartmouth
made its chances count as it doubled up Vermont on the scoreboard for the sixth
home win of the season (6-0-0).
Matching his career high with the two goals, Walsh stretched his current point streak to five games.
Linemate Matt Lindblad assisted on two goals in the game for his third straight multi-point effort. One of those assists came on a Tyler Sikura marker just 3:46 into the third for the 4-1 lead, while also helping to set up Walsh's second of the night and fourth of the season.
Sikura joined Lindblad, posting multiple points as he set up Walsh's first of the contest, a pretty snipe over the blocker of Vermont goaltender Brody Hoffman just 29 seconds into the middle period.
Opposite Hoffman in the Big Green net, freshman Charles Grant made 30 saves, including 12 in the final period, to earn his third win (3-1-1).
But the story of the night was the senior winger and his pair of markers. His second of the night saw Walsh shake off a defender draped over his back to slide a low shot past the pads of Hoffman for what proved to be the eventual winner. The goal actually came while a delayed penalty was being called as the Shannonville, Ontario, native drove the net.
Vermont's offense was completely generated by the two goals of defenseman Yvan Pattyn. He scored midway through the first to tie it at 1-1, and cut the deficit to two at 13:06 of the third.
However, by the time of Pattyn's second goal, it was too late for a comeback as the tenth-ranked Big Green held off the Catamounts to post their seventh win in their first 11 games heading into the winter break.
One of the keys in limiting UVM's chances to get back into the contest was Dartmouth's stellar penalty kill, thwarting all four chances the visitors had on the night. It's been 30 straight successful kills for the Green and White dating back to Nov. 2 against Yale.
The 39-for-40 conversion rate playing down a man has led to a nation's best 97.6% for the team in Green.
Now, with more than a three-week break ahead, the Big Green will need to stay sharp as No. 1 New Hampshire is the next opponent on the schedule. The Wildcats, along with UMass and Bemidji State, will make the trip to Hanover for the 2012 Ledyard Classic on Dec. 30-31.