TROY, N.Y. - After shutting out Rensselaer, 4-0, in the first meeting of the season back in November, the No. 16 Dartmouth men's hockey team fell victim to the same fate Saturday night at Houston Field House.
The home team used the momentum from a sold-out crowd of more than 5,200 at its annual 'Big Red Freakout' to silence the Big Green offensive for the first time in 48 total games with a 3-0 victory.
The last time the team from the Upper Valley was shutout in a game came back on Nov. 19, 2011 in a 4-0 loss at Clarkson.
With Union idle due to a scheduling quirk, Dartmouth (11-8-3, 6-5-2 ECAC) remains tied for third in the ECAC Hockey standings as both have 16 points.
Despite allowing the three goals, junior Cab Morris kept his team in the game as RPI (10-11-5, 5-6-3 ECAC) seemed to have a step on the visitors throughout the night. Morris finished with 19 saves, including 17 in the first two periods.
Freshman Jason Kasdorf was the story of the night, turning aside all 28 shots he faced in picking up his second shutout in as many nights. He saw 23 shots in the final 40 minutes from the Green and White, but was up to the task in stopping them all.
The Engineers scored with 10 seconds remaining in the first period on a Matt Tinordi shot only to build on that advantage with a Mike Zalewski marker just 1:41 into the second. Mark Miller made it 3-0 with 5:02 left in the middle frame as he buried a partial breakaway over Morris' shoulder.
Both teams were 0-for-3 with the power play as just six minors were called in the contest.
Next weekend will see Dartmouth play just one game as it travels to Cambridge for a Saturday night tilt with Harvard at the Bright Hockey Center, scheduled for 7 p.m.. Dartmouth took the earlier meeting between the two, 3-2, back on Jan. 12 in Hanover.