ITHACA, N.Y. – The successes of the Dartmouth men’s hockey team’s last four years at Lynah Rink did not carry over to the 2017-18 season.
The Big Green (2-3-0, 2-2-0 ECAC Hockey) dropped their first road game at Cornell (5-0-0, 3-0-0) since a 2012 quarterfinal game. The 14th-ranked Big Red snapped a four-year home winless streak (0-3-1) to their Hanover counterparts with a 3-0 shutout win Friday night.
Cornell got goals in each period with Mitch Vanderlaan and Trevor Yates scoring late in the first and second, respectively. Anthony Angello’s breakaway score in the third came 1:03 into the final frame and just as a Dartmouth power play expired.
Freshman goaltender Matthew Galajda made it stand up with 16 saves for his second shutout of the year.
Though Cornell’s goalie will deservedly get the credit and the limelight for his winning performance, Dartmouth’s Devin Buffalo was one of the best individual players on the ice all night, finishing the game with 28 saves.
Buffalo was peppered with shots from the start of the game, making 14 stops in the opening period, including a pair of great individual efforts to stop a breakaway and an open-look one-timer just 15 seconds apart. His teammates also helped out in the first, blocking 11 shots before they could even reach the senior netminder.
Special teams were a factor only in that both teams didn’t allow the other a power-play goal. Dartmouth’s penalty kill thwarted Cornell’s man-advantage — the best in the nation coming into the contest — on all three occasions. The Big Red’s penalty killing unit did them one better and did not allow the Green and White to score on their four chances.
These two teams will meet again in Hanover on Saturday, Jan. 27.
Vanderlaan and Angello assisted on the other’s goal and finished the night with two points each.
Dartmouth is back in action Saturday in Hamilton, New York, against Colgate. Game time from Class of 1965 Arena is set for 4 p.m.