HAMDEN, Conn. – A career performance by sophomore Adrian Clark saw the Dartmouth men’s hockey goalie stop a career-high 43 shots in a 0-0 tie at Quinnipiac on Saturday night.
For Clark, it marked his first career shutout.
On the other end of the ice, Bobcats (6-8-2, 3-5-1 ECAC) netminder Andrew Shortridge stopped 27 in earning his fourth career shutout.
Saturday’s result also marked the first scoreless tie for Dartmouth (2-6-1, 2-4-1 ECAC) since Nov. 6, 2010, when James Mello ’12 turned aside 37 against Union at home.
Clark bounced back in a big way from a less-than-stellar performance Friday night where he was pulled at Princeton with his best collegiate game with the Green and White.
“It’s a tough turnaround in 24 hours from our game last night to tonight,” Clark said. “The guys in front of me were blocking a ton of pucks, especially on the penalty kill and they still managed to get 40-plus shots on net. So it’s a good feeling to contribute.”
Clark and Shortridge both are credited with shutouts, but there is little doubt to any of the 2,994 in attendance who the No. 1 star of the game was.
The Dartmouth sophomore in just his fifth career start made tough shots look routine and the impossible look possible, all while exuding confidence and an aura of calmness.
The Big Green had lost the previous eight games inside Quinnipiac’s home rink dating back to a 2010 playoff series prior to Saturday’s draw. Included in that stretch were a pair of overtime defeats in 2012-13 and 2014-15.
The home team was 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Green were 0-for-4. A heavy does of penalties at the end of the game led many in the crowd to think a goal on the man-advantage would win it for either of the teams, but the game winner never came as both settled for a single ECAC Hockey point.
The Big Green are back in action next Saturday night at home against non-conference Bentley. The team will also host its Skate With the Big Green Sunday afternoon. In both instances, fans can bring new, unwrapped toys to donate to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).