CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a game delayed nearly two hours by a pre-game Zamboni malfunction, the Dartmouth men’s hockey team never seemed to find its legs in a 3-0 loss at Harvard’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center Friday night.
The building’s lone ice-resurfacing machine had a mechanical issue that pushed back puck drop from the scheduled 7 p.m. start time to 8:49 p.m., wreaking havoc on the usual warm-up routines for both teams.
In shutting out the Big Green for the first time all season, the Crimson improved to 7-12-3 overall and 4-9-3 in ECAC Hockey play. Dartmouth drops to 4-16-3 overall and 3-12-1 in league contests.
Harvard capitalized on the power play at the 16:09 mark of the first period to get the scoring started. Sean Malone crashed the net hard when a loose puck squirted free of Dartmouth starting netminder James Kruger’s pad and onto the waiting stick of the Crimson forward for the opening marker.
Both teams struggled to generate quality scoring chances during the second period as the home team’s one-goal lead lasted until eight minutes into the third. At 7:58 of the final frame, Tyler Moy collected the puck behind the net and managed to slip a backhanded wrap-around beyond the outstretched right leg pad of Kruger for the two-goal lead.
Devin Tringale added the insurance marker in the final five minutes, knocking in a loose puck at the side of the net to wrap-up the 3-0 Harvard win.
Kruger managed 20 saves in the loss, while Harvard’s Steve Michalek turned aside all 21 shots he faced in the game.
The two teams split the season series after the Big Green claimed a 2-1 win in Hanover on Nov. 30.
Dartmouth has Saturday off and will return to action next weekend at St. Lawrence on Friday, Feb. 14, before making the short trip to Clarkson on Saturday.