PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With just 3:02 left in overtime, Brown’s Kyle Kramer found space under the crossbar for the game winner to cap a late comeback and defeat the Dartmouth men’s hockey team, 3-2, Saturday night at Meehan Auditorium.
The Bears’ Nick Lappin scored two goals in the third period to force the extra frame after trailing 2-0 following 40 minutes of action.
The loss snapped a two-game win streak and dropped the Big Green to 2-9-0 overall and 2-7-0 in ECAC Hockey, while Brown improved to 5-6-1 overall and 3-4-1 in league play with the victory.
It was all Dartmouth in the early going, taking a two-goal lead in the opening period. Two players broke season-long scoring slumps in the first as sophomores Brad Schierhorn and Nick Bligh each tallied their first goals.
Schierhorn got on the board 9:10 into the game, tapping home a puck sitting in the crease behind Brown goaltender Tyler Steel. Nick Bligh’s turnaround shot from the side of the net slipped through the pads of the home goalie, before coming to rest in the paint, waiting for the Anchorage, Alaska, native to knock it into the open net for the 1-0 lead.
Bligh would notch his first in the final minutes of the stanza, burying a rebound in the slot after Steel kicked out an Andy Simpson point shot. Curling into the slot off the faceoff, Bligh backhanded his first of the year inside the far post to give the visitors the 2-0 advantage going into the first intermission.
Freshman Grant Opperman picked up assists on both first-period goals, earning the first multi-point game of his career in the process.
With neither team able to get on the board in the middle frame, the game’s third goal would not come until 7:40 into the final period as Lappin one-timed a puck off the backboards to spark the comeback.
Lappin would tie things up with exactly three minutes left in regulation on a great individual effort, working his way through the defense to net his second of the period under the bar.
It was a tough loss for Dartmouth starting goalie Charles Grant who had 37 saves in the game and carried a shutout bid with him midway through the third. Steel finished the night with 28 saves in earning the overtime win at the other end of the ice.
For Brown, it was the second win of the season at Dartmouth’s expense, having also earned a victory against the Big Green in Newark at the Liberty Invitational on Oct. 26.
Dartmouth will have little time to regroup as it travels to Schenectady, N.Y., for a Wednesday night tilt at Union. Game time from Messa Rink is 7 p.m.