RPI Falls at Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. - Senior Josh Hartley scored two goal to lead the Dartmouth College men's hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Friday night at Thompson Arena. With the win, the Big Green improve to 9-12-3 overall (6-9-2 ECAC Hockey), while the Engineers drop to 6-24-1 (4-14-0 ECAC Hockey).

Hartley scored his second power-play goal in as many games 15:10 into the middle period and then hit the empty with the Big Green on the penalty kill with 1:08 to play, giving the team its first shorthanded tally of the season.

The Engineers battled all night, scoring on their lone power play with just 18.6 seconds remaining to make it a 2-1 game and spoiling Devin Buffalo's shutout bid for Dartmouth.

Buffalo made several crucial stops during the game, including reaching back to pull a trickling puck out of the crease behind him late in the third period. In all, the junior netminder made 29 saves, one more than his counterpart Chase Perry. The junior from Alberta had to make 21 of those stops in the final two periods, including 10 in the third as RPI outshot the home team 11-4 in the final frame, desperately seeking the equalizer.

Playing defense for the first time at Dartmouth, senior Grant Opperman picked up an assist on Hartley's first and would've had another, but Cam Strong's goal with 6.2 seconds remaining in the opening period was waived off due to goaltender interference after video review. Freshman Jamie McLaughlin had the second helper on the opening score, the second of his career.

The Big Green are back in action at home on Saturday (7pm) against No. 6 Union. Rensselaer is off until next Friday, when it hosts Princeton at the Houston Field House (7pm).