HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s hockey team had had good luck this season against second-ranked teams. Unfortunately that trend didn’t continue Saturday night as the Big Green fought, but ultimately fell to visiting No. 2 Cornell, 3-1.
After wins on the road against Denver and Clarkson when the two were both ranked second in that week’s national polls, the Big Green (9-11-2, 7-7-1 ECAC) looked to add the Big Red (18-2-1, 12-1-1) to the list.
However, a go-ahead score in the second period and a defensive system that limited the number of Dartmouth opportunities down the stretch, coupled with an empty-net goal for insurance, allowed the visiting team to leave Thompson Arena with the two-goal win.
Cornell won the Ivy League title outright with Saturday’s result.
“I thought we played really hard tonight and outplayed them for much of the game,” head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 said. “Cornell is the best team in the country. They’re No. 1 in my eyes and we hung with them and really took the play to them. They’re just so good that they can take those hits and keep pushing back.”
Cam Donaldson got the scoring started early for the Cornellians, redirecting a Yannis Kaldis pass in the slot into the net just 2:08 in.
Playing in his 100th career game and becoming the 100th Dartmouth player to do so, senior defenseman Tim Shoup scored his second goal of the weekend, one-timing a feed from freshman Collin Rutherford below the goal line four and a half minutes later. Sophomore Daniel Warpecha also had an assist on the play.
Shoup’s goal not only tied the game, but also snapped Cornell freshman netminder Matt Galajda’s scoreless streak at 227:11, the 13th-longest stretch in NCAA history.
An Anthony Angelo goal came 4-on-4 midway through the second period and proved to be the game winner as the final marker of the night came into the empty net off the stick of Noah Bauld with 1:19 left in regulation.
Senior goalie Devin Buffalo once again did all he could, stopping 16 in the loss against a team that had just 19 shots, opting to play a slower, grinding game with the lead. Galajda stopped 27 in the win as Dartmouth outshot its Ithaca counterparts, 28-19.
The Dartmouth penalty kill continues to be strong with two more kills on just two calls against, pushing their second-half numbers to 91.3 percent, sixth-best in the nation during that stretch. The Big Green are the second-least penalized team in the nation, averaging just 8.18 penalty minutes per game.
The Green and White are home next weekend for just one game, playing host to Harvard Friday night. Puck drop at Thompson between the Ivy foes is set for 7:30 p.m.