HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Corey Kalk scored the first hat trick of his career but it wasn’t enough to hold off a resilient St. Lawrence as the Dartmouth men’s hockey team fell, 5-4, Friday night at Thompson Arena.
Kalk scored a pair of power-play goals in the third period just 81 seconds apart to cap the hat trick and give the Big Green (10-15-3, 7-12-2 ECAC Hockey) their lead of the night at 4-3. However, the 20th-ranked Saints (16-10-7, 12-5-4 ECAC) got a pair of late goals from Mike Marnell and Michael Ederer in the final 10 minutes to storm back and earn the win.
Ederer’s game winner came with 3:33 left and eventually helped St. Lawrence lock up the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming ECAC Hockey postseason.
Dartmouth swapped places with Princeton in the standings, falling back to ninth after the Tigers defeated Brown, 7-2, in New Jersey on Friday. Princeton jumped into eighth and a home-ice spot in the first round as it now has 17 points, one more than the Big Green.
In Hanover, the home team needed the win on Friday to stay in front of the Tigers in the standings, something Dartmouth’s head coach was aware of.
“We played really well tonight and came back so strong in the third,” head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 said. “Unfortunately, they found a way to pull out the win when we really needed one.
“That third period was a reflection of what this team is about,” Gaudet added. “We were determined and battled so hard to put ourselves in position. We have to play like that tomorrow against Clarkson for a full 60 minutes if we want to help our own cause.”
For Kalk, it was the third multi-goal game of his career and the first since scoring a pair in Canton at SLU 364 days ago.
“They’re a really good team,” Kalk said. “Tonight was a way for us to measure ourselves right before playoffs. I think we learned a lot from this game and we can take it with us moving forward tomorrow and next week.”
SLU goaltender Kyle Hayton turned aside 28 shots in the win, while Dartmouth’s Devin Buffalo made 17 in the losing effort. The home team held a 32-22 edge in shots and was 2-for-4 on the power play thanks to Kalk, while the Saints were 1-of-5 on the man-advantage.
The Big Green are back in action Saturday night. They close out the regular season by hosting Clarkson at 7 p.m. Senior Day ceremonies will follow the conclusion of the contest and will honor Troy Crema, Grant Opperman, Kyle Nickerson, Josh Hartley and Brandon Kirk.
Dartmouth’s Postseason Outlook:
Seeded #8 with a win and a Princeton loss or tie.
Seeded #8 with a tie and a Princeton loss.
Seeded #9 with a win and a Princeton win.
Seeded #9 with a tie and a Princeton win or tie.
Seeded #9 with a loss and a Colgate loss or tie.
Seeded #10 with a loss and a Colgate win.