HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s hockey team dropped an ECAC Hockey home game to Union, 4-1, Friday night at Thompson Arena.
Freshman Quin Foreman scored his second goal in three games, but it wasn’t enough as the Big Green fell to 4-9-2 overall and 2-5-1 in league play with the result. The Dutchmen improved to 11-10-1 overall and 7-2-0 in games played against ECAC competition to remain in second place in the standings.
“I thought we played really hard and had some good chances tonight,” head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 remarked. “A puck bounces over a stick here and a missed opportunity there against a good, well-coached Union team, though, just isn’t enough. We put ourselves in position to battle, but the breaks that we needed in such a close game just never seemed to materialize for us.”
It seemed like Foreman was destined for a big night, as he appeared to score nearly nine minutes into the game on a loose-puck rebound at the side of the net. However, the goal was waved off as the referee on the other side of the crease had lost sight of the puck.
Union jumped on its new lease on life, scoring exactly a minute later with Jack Adams netting the first official goal of the night on a great passing play by the visitors on their offensive zone entry.
The Dutchmen made it 2-0 roughly seven minutes later as Joseph Campolieto streaked down the right side of the ice before firing a shot into the top corner of the net over the blocker of Dartmouth’s Devin Buffalo.
It remained 2-0 until the 4:52 mark of the third period when Cole Maier deposited a loose puck in the crease into the back of the net.
Foreman’s second of the season came off a clean faceoff win by junior and team captain Kevan Kilistoff with Buffalo pulled for an extra skater after a Dartmouth timeout with 4:45 showing on the clock. The home team had several chances make it a one-goal game, but Union netminder Jake Kupsky turned aside a barrage of late-game shots to hang on for the win that was aided by a Ryan Scarfo empty-net goal with 55 seconds remaining, making the final 4-1.
Buffalo finished the night with 32 stops, his fifth straight outing of 30 or more saves since returning from injury. Kupsky had his shutout bid broken up late, but posted 33 saves in the win as the visiting team outshot their Hanover counterparts, 36-34.
Dartmouth was only called for one penalty in the contest and only have been assessed four minors since returning from winter break, all of which have been successfully killed.
The Big Green are back in action Saturday night against league foe Rensselaer. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.