Kevan Kilistoff and Big Green Best Brown in Home Opener

Kevan Kilistoff and Big Green Best Brown in Home Opener

HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men’s hockey captain Kevan Kilistoff had a career night in a 4-3 win against visiting Brown Friday evening at Thompson Arena.

The junior finished with two goals and three points, setting new career highs in both, as the Big Green (1-2-0, 1-1-0 ECAC) picked up their first victory of the season in the team’s home opener.

“Kevan and his entire line were outstanding for us tonight against a Brown team that played hard until the final whistle,” head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 said. “We got some big saves from Devin Buffalo and really had a great night on the penalty kill.

“The energy from the students and all our fans tonight was great,” Gaudet continued. “It feels great to come back here and pick up our first win in the home opener.”

The penalty kill that had struggled at Holy Cross and Harvard in the opening weekend was a strength against the Bears (1-2-0, 1-2-0), killing off all six opportunities the visitors had with the man advantage.

Part of the success of the penalty kill came from the team’s first shorthanded marker of the season as Kilistoff fed linemate Daniel Warpecha on an odd-man rush for a quick shot blocker side just 22 seconds into the second period. That built the lead to 3-0 after first-period scores from Kilistoff and Corey Kalk.

The shorthanded marker seemed to wake the Bears from their 20-plus minute hibernation as Brown’s Trey Dodd and Nolan Aibel made it a one-goal game in the ensuing two minutes with a pair of scores just 31 seconds apart.

Kilistoff’s second of the night 12:11 into the middle frame — with just a second remaining on the power play — and built the lead back to two and would prove to be the winner as Connor Wynne’s redirect in the high slot three-quarters of the way through the third made it 4-3 and capped the scoring for both teams.

Devin Buffalo picked up the win in the Dartmouth net as he stopped 24 shots, including a highlight-reel post-to-post pad save on an odd-man rush late in regulation. Luke Kania made 18 saves, but allowed four in 58 minutes and was saddled with the loss.

The Big Green power play was 1-for-4 as the home team netted two even-strength markers and the Warpecha shorthanded tally on the night. Warpecha also finished with a multi-point night as he and picked up a helper on the first Kilistoff score of the game.

Killistoff — the junior captain from Langley, British Columbia — had just five total goals in 58 career games coming into this season, including a career-high three as a rookie. He matched that total output from his first year in just three games and currently leads the Green and White with five points (3-2-5).

Dartmouth is back in action Saturday night at home against a Yale team fresh off a 5-2 road win at No. 3 Harvard on Friday night. Game time is 7 p.m.