HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s hockey team earned a weekend sweep at home with a 3-1 win Saturday night at Thompson Arena against Yale.
The first weekend sweep at home since January 2016 came against an unlikely opponent as the Bulldogs were fresh off a 5-2 win against No. 3 Harvard Friday night and had not lost in Hanover since Nov. 2, 2012.
That’s all in the past thanks to a 26-save performance from senior netminder Devin Buffalo, a big night from sophomore winger Charley Michalowski and another stellar performance from the penalty kill.
With the two-goal win, Dartmouth improved to 2-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in ECAC Hockey play. Yale also evened its record at 2-2-0 overall as well as in conference games.
“We played with a lot of heart tonight,” head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 said. “The PK was outstanding, and we got a huge performance from Devin in goal. His save in the third period was one for the ages.”
The save Gaudet referenced in his post-game remarks was a post-to-post sliding pad save to rob Yale’s Phil Kemp on the power play, keeping it a two-goal game in favor of the Big Green with just under three minutes remaining.
It came to be a two-goal game thanks to a 5-on-3 power-play tally from junior Alex Jasiek in the first, Michalowski’s first marker of the season midway through the second and the insurance goal from Daniel Warpecha shorthanded in the second half of the final frame.
Jasiek’s first of the season was the result of a great pass across the slot from Corey Kalk at 16:57 of the first. The tally helped Dartmouth finish the night 1-for-5 on the power play. Joe Snively’s shorthanded breakaway score with 52 seconds remaining was the team’s lone blemish with the man-advantage and the only one of the night for Buffalo.
Michalowski notched his first of the year on a one-timer at 13:36 of the second with Warpecha and Kevan Kilistoff picking up the helpers.
The sophomore winger would return the favor to his linemate later in the game, blocking a shot at one end and finding Warpecha all alone in the slot at the other for his second shorthanded marker of the weekend, an impressive feat given that Dartmouth had just one SHG all of last season.
“Charley does all the work on that play,” Warpecha said. “He’s been feeding me all the time and he did it again there. It’s a huge boost of confidence for us to score while killing penalties because we know that we’re also keeping pucks out at the other end.”
Warpecha is correct about that. After a slow start, the Green and White bounced back with a 6-for-6 night on the PK against the Bulldogs, finishing the weekend perfect on all 12 of their opponents’ man-advantage opportunities.
Shot totals were low all night and finished 27-15 in favor of the visiting Bulldogs, including a 15-6 edge in the final stanza. The two teams combined for 25 blocked shots, making pucks on net a premium for 60 minutes.
Dartmouth is on the road next weekend for a pair of ECAC Hockey games, taking on Cornell on Friday night and Colgate on Saturday afternoon.