Dartmouth is Shutout by Yale

HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s hockey team fell to visiting Yale, 7-0, Friday night at Thompson Arena.

The Bulldogs were led by a career night from defenseman Charlie Curti as he matched his season total in the contest, scoring four points. Curti scored his first two goals of the year and assisted on another two in the contest.

The Big Green (7-9-3, 4-6-2 ECAC Hockey) saw their two-game win streak snapped in the loss, while Yale (8-7-3, 4-5-2 ECAC Hockey) moved over .500 for the first time since Nov. 5.

“They (Yale) were better than us in every facet of the game,” head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 said. “We played like a tired team tonight and it was just one of those games where the other team was just better than we were.

“Games like this happen and it’s not the end of the world,” Gaudet continued. “What I like about our league is we get the chance to come back tomorrow night and play again to get this one behind us and out of the way.”

Dartmouth will take on league rival Brown Saturday night at Thompson Arena at 7 p.m. in the final Ivy League home game of the season.

Yale also got goals from Mitchell Smith, John Hayden, Billy Sweezey, Andrew Gaus and John Baiocco in the game. All but Smith also added an assist for two-point nights, while Joe Snively dished out a pair of helpers in the victory.

Patrick Spano made just 22 saves in earning the shutout in the Bulldogs’ net, while Adrian Clark stopped 18, before making way for fellow freshman Dean Shatzer. In his collegiate debut, Shatzer stopped six shots and allowed just the last goal in 15:02 of action.

Dartmouth failed to score on the power play (0-3) for the first time in nine games with the visitors notching one man-advantage goal in three chances.

“We can learn a lot about our team by how it responds tomorrow night,” Gaudet remarked. “There are lessons to be learned from what we saw tonight and that starts with our next game.”