HANOVER, N.H. – Playing in his 99th career game, defenseman Tim Shoup scored the game-winning goal with 7:49 left in the third period to give the Dartmouth men’s hockey team a 2-1 victory against Colgate Friday night.
Now 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, the Big Green (9-10-2, 7-6-1) are alone in fifth place in the ECAC Hockey standings with 15 points after coming into Friday’s game at Thompson Arena tied with the Raiders (10-11-4, 6-6-1).
“Everyone worked so hard all night,” Shoup said. “When I saw my chance to jump into the play and do my part, I made sure I had coverage and then just went to where I thought I needed to be. Connor (Yau), Matt (Baker) and Corey (Kalk) made the play happen and I think everyone touched it before me, so I just made sure to do my part and get it on net.”
And get it on net Shoup did.
Connor Yau moved the puck out of the zone with a high clearing bid that Corey Kalk corralled in the neutral zone. Kalk entered the offensive zone before leaving a drop pass for Matt Baker who tried to move the puck to his right and the streaking Shoup. However, Baker fanned on his initial bid, which brought the Colgate defender closer to him, but opened up a passing lane.
The rookie was then able to push the puck to Shoup whose shot went high glove side on Raider goalie Colton Point as Baker jumped in front to set a screen. For Shoup, his third goal of the season came in his 99th career game, one away from becoming the 100th player in program history to reach the century mark.
For Baker and Shoup, the points were not the first of the night. After Colgate’s Paul McAvoy opened the scoring at 5:08 of the first, Kalk responded with his fifth of the season and the 30th of his career just over seven and a half minutes later.
Kalk changed the direction of Baker’s shot from the top of the circles to pull the home team even. Alex Jasiek also had an assist on the goal as both he and Baker are now on six-game point streaks.
The Shoup goal will grab headlines, but the real story of the game was in the play of the two netminders. Point was unbelievable at times, finishing the night with 43 saves in the losing effort. At the other end of the ice, Devin Buffalo needed to stop just 23, several of them of the remarkable variety with 11 coming in the final frame and the visitors seeking the equalizer.
“That is a really good, complete team over there,” head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 said referring to Colgate. “Point is as good a college goalie as I’ve seen in a long time. But Devin Buffalo was outstanding for us and made so many great saves down the stretch that allowed his teammates go the other way and score.”
The 44 shots on goal were a new season high for the Green and White who held a 20-shot edge over their rivals from Hamilton. The home team penalty kill also held up its end of the bargain and was 2-for-2 on the night, improving to 20-for-22 (90.5%) since the start of the second half of the season, good for third best in the nation during that time.
Dartmouth plays host to No. 2 Cornell Saturday night at Thompson Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The Big Red are currently on a nine-game unbeaten stretch (8-0-1).