Big Green Fall 3-2 to No. 5 Providence in a Thriller at Ledyard Classic
HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's hockey team put together a solid effort against No. 5 Providence Sunday night at the Ledyard Classic inside Thompson Arena, but fell, 3-2, after surrendering a late power-play goal.
Sophomore goalie Charles Grant turned aside 34 shots in the loss, including a penalty shot in the third period, while sophomore Brad Schierhorn and junior Charlie Mosey each scored for the Big Green (2-11-0).
The Friars improved to 13-2-3 overall this season with the victory as Ross Mauermann scored the game-winning goal with exactly eight minutes left in regulation as his team was in the midst of a five-minute power-play opportunity.
Dartmouth will play Northeastern Monday at 4 p.m. in the Consolation Game. Providence will face Air Force after the Falcons won the early game, 5-2, against the Huskies.
Derek Army gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 16:15 of the first period on a warp-around bid on his backhand.
Schierhorn answered with his second goal in three games 15:25 into the middle frame. The sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska, was sprung by a beautiful 115-foot pass from classmate Geoff Ferguson, hitting the winger at the far blueline from the team’s own goal line. Schierhorn broke in alone, beating PC’s Nick Ellis over the blocker for the equalizer.
Army’s second of the night once again gave the Friars the lead 6:32 into the third. That advantage would slip away just 2:48 later when Mosey’s backhander at the top of the circles navigated a sea of bodies in the slot and hit the back of the net behind Ellis. Junior Jesse Beamish and Jack Barre were credited with the helpers as each touched the puck quickly before dropping it back on Mosey’s tape to send the crowd of 3,297 into a frenzy.
Earlier in the third, Providence had the chance to extend the lead when Grant Opperman was called for a slash as Mark Jankowski came in on a shorthanded breakaway bid. The Friars opted for the penalty shot rather than the shortened power-play opportunity, only to see Grant wait out the shooter for the spectacular sprawling save.
However, Grant was unable to stop Maurermann from finishing a pretty passing play with a one-timer in the slot midway through the final frame as the Big Green dropped their third straight 3-2 decision.
The visitors were 1-for-5 on the power play, while Dartmouth was unable to muster one in four chances.
For Grant, it was the third time in the last four games he turned aside at least 34 of the opposition’s shots.