HANOVER, NH — In a rare Friday matinee start, Colgate fell to Dartmouth 3-2 at Thompson Arena.
The first period was a tale of the power play. Colgate was the first to draw a penalty at 8:38 when Mark Gallant was called for holding on a Griffin Lunn shot saved by Clay Stevenson. The Raiders couldn’t capitalize on the 5-on-4 advantage. Later in the period, after a Cole Hanson hooking call, Dartmouth seized their opportunity, with a power play goal by Mark Gallant at 15:28.
Less than two minutes into the second stanza, the Raiders had another chance when the Big Green’s Braiden Dorfman was whistled for interference, but Dartmouth’s defense stepped up with their second penalty kill of the evening. Colgate dominated the puck in the ensuing frame, taking six shots before freshman Alex DiPaolo leveled the game at 7:16, his second of the season, with assists from Matt Verboon and Jeff Stewart.
Nineteen seconds later, the Big Green’s Ian Pierce was called to the box for slashing, giving Colgate another power play, which Dartmouth was able to fend off. DiPaolo was called for interference at 12:15, putting Dartmouth a man up once more. Colgate staved off that Big Green power play, but a double minor called on DiPaolo at 18:17 sent him to the penalty box to close out the second and start the third.
Colgate began the third with 2:17 remaining on the penalty kill and managed to keep the score tied at 1-1. Nic Belpedio was called for cross-checking at 5:07, giving the Big Green another power play. With four seconds left in the man advantage, Harrison Markell’s shot just slipped through the legs of Carter Gylander to put Dartmouth on top 2-1.
Three minutes later, at the 10:23 mark, Dartmouth went ahead by two with a Sean Chisholm strike deflected past Gylander and into the net. Tanner Palocsik was credited with the assist. The Raiders wouldn’t give up. At 13:01, following an offensive zone faceoff, Stewart deflected a point shot from Belpedio to bring the deficit to one.
Just when it seemed the Raiders had gained the momentum, Dartmouth earned another power play off a Cole Hanson penalty for tripping, but Colgate held off the Big Green. With 1:31 remaining, head coach Don Vaughan pulled Gylander to give the Raiders an extra skater, but Colgate couldn’t cash in despite 11 shots in the waning seconds.
FROM THE SOURCE
Head Coach Don Vaughan
“After a scrappy first period I thought we settled and played two good periods in the second and third. We had plenty of opportunities to win the game. I thought Dartmouth did a great job of getting in lanes and blocking a lot of shots which means we did have a good amount of offensive zone time. We just didn’t finish on the chances we had. We did miss Alex Young on the power play tonight. We are hoping to have him back tomorrow.”
The Raiders head to Cambridge, Mass. to face off against no. 9/13 Harvard Saturday at 7 p.m.