HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s hockey team dropped the final game of the regular season to Clarkson, 6-4, Saturday night at Thompson Arena to Clarkson.
The Big Green (10-16-3, 7-13-2 ECAC) will be the No. 9 seed in the ECAC Hockey postseason and travel to No. 8 Yale next weekend for a first-round series.
That’s when the Golden Knights (15-14-5, 10-9-3 ECAC) woke up. Clarkson scored three in the second and another trio of goals in the third period. A Cam Strong tally in the final minutes ended the six-goal run, but was merely a positive note on an otherwise somber final evening inside Thompson Arena in 2016-17.
“In the first period, we could have had four or five goals,” head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 said. “It’s an early lead and you’d like to be able to sock it away and we just weren’t able to.
“We just didn’t get any good bounces after the first period and I can’t put my finger on why. It’s not like we thought the night was over but they got on their toes and we got on our heels and that was the difference,” Gaudet added.
Troy Josephs scored a pair of goals on Saturday night, his third and fourth respective tallies at the expense of the Big Green this season after scoring two in the December game in Potsdman.
The visitors also got scores from Marly Quincy, Kelly Summers, James de Haas and Sheldon Rempal. de Haas finished the night with four points as he also kicked in three assists.
Junior goaltender Devin Buffalo made 27 saves, but was saddled with the loss, while Dean Shatzer came into the game for 6:14, making one save. Clarkson netminder Ville Runola stopped 20 saves in a winning effort.
The visitors finished the evening with two goals on four power-play chances, while the Green and White were 1-for-3.
Dartmouth and Yale played in last season’s quarterfinals in New Haven with the seventh-seeded Big Green sweeping the second-seeded Bulldogs. Yale got its revenge with a pair of shutouts this year against Dartmouth, including a 4-0 win at Ingalls Rink last Saturday.
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