Union 4, Dartmouth 2
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Messa Rink • Schenectady, N.Y.
Attendance: 2,147
Game 2  ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals

  1st 2nd 3rd Final
Union
1 1 2 4
Dartmouth
2 0 0 2
 Scoring Summary
1st 4:34 UC Vecchione (Ciampini/Carr)
1st 11:38 DC McNally (Opperman/Neiley)
1st 13:01 DC O'Brien PP (Beamish/Mosey)
2nd 18:45 UC Carr (Vecchione)
3rd 9:09 UC Novak GW (Taylor/Sullivan)
3rd 19:08 UC Ciamipini EN (Vecchione)
 Goaltender Summary Min GA Sv
DC Grant (L, 9-13-3) 58:59 3 27
DC Empty Net 1:01 1 -
UC Stevens (W, 22-4-2) 59:53 2 33
UC Empty Net 0:07 0 -
 Statistical Comparison
UC DC
 Shots on Goal 35 31
 Power Plays 0-3 2-7
 Penalties-Minutes 8-16 4-8

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – For the second straight year, the Dartmouth men’s hockey team’s season came to an end at the hands of Union via a two-game sweep in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals.
 
The top-seeded Dutchmen (26-6-4) scored two third-period goals Saturday night at Messa Rink to eliminate the 10th-seeded Big Green (10-20-4) from the league’s postseason with a 4-2 victory in Game 2. The win sends them to Lake Placid and the tournament semifinals next Friday.
 
“I can’t ask any more from this team than what they gave here the last two weeks,” head coach Bob Gaudet said. “They’re an incredibly resilient group and I couldn’t be any prouder of them for the way they battled adversity all year.
 
“Tonight was a great game. This was a great college hockey game,” Gaudet reiterated. “Both teams got excellent goaltending and it was another winnable game for us. They (Union) are a really great team, so I was pleased with how we responded to their skill and depth in this series.”
 
The home team jumped out to the early lead as Mike Vecchione buried a one-timer at 4:34 of the opening period.
 
Though Union seemed to dominate play in the early stages, Dartmouth answered back with a pair of power-play tallies just 1:23 apart to take the lead into the first intermission.
 
Brandon McNally cleaned up rebounds from linemates Eric Neiley and Grant Opperman at 11:38, knocking in a loose puck in the slot and ending the Dutchmen’s stretch of 200:45 without allowing a goal dating back to Feb. 22.
 
The Big Green wasted little time in punching another into the back of the net as Tim O’Brien potted the second power-play goal of the period just under a minute and a half later. O’Brien was able to beat goaltender Colin Stevens over the glove after solid passing from Jesse Beamish and Charlie Mosey worked the puck around the offensive zone.
 
The Dutchmen tied things up with 1:15 left in the middle frame as Daniel Carr netted his third of the series in the midst of a scrum in front of the Dartmouth crease. The play was reviewed due to goaltender contact, but it had come after the puck had crossed the line and stood as a good goal.
 
Max Novak gave Union the 3-2 lead at 9:09 of the third period, hitting the top corner of the net in close on a backhand shot. Daniel Ciampini’s 18th of the year settled in the back of the empty net with just 51.1 remaining and sealed the win.
 
Sophomore goaltender Charles Grant turned aside 27 in the losing effort, but the loss was not indicative of how well he played both Saturday and the last month of the season. At the other end, Stevens posted 33 saves, including 13 in the final period as the Green and White clawed to get the tying goal that never came.
 
After an 0-8 start to the season, Dartmouth was one of the hottest teams during the final month, going 7-5-1 since the start of February and putting itself in position to compete for a spot in Lake Placid.
 
The loss sees the final chapter in the playing careers of seniors Taylor Boldt, Nick Lovejoy and Cab Morris come to an end at Dartmouth after four seasons.