Dartmouth Battles Back, But Falls to US NTDP in Exhibition

Dartmouth Battles Back, But Falls to US NTDP in Exhibition

HANOVER, N.H. – In its lone preseason game of 2018-19, the Dartmouth men's hockey team played the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP) tough, but succumbed to a pair of late third-period goals in a 6-4 loss Monday night at Thompson Arena.
 
Seniors Carl Hesler (1-2-3) and Alex Jasiek (1-1-2) along with freshman Jeff Losurdo (1-1-2) were the driving offensive force in the game for the home team. But the US NTDP got a pair of goals from Trevor Zegras and three assists from Jack Hughes — the consensus No. 1 overall pick in next year's NHL Draft — to escape Hanover with the win.

"Offensively, we did some good things tonight," Koenig Family Head Coach of Men's Hockey Bob Gaudet '81 said. "I thought we were solid defensively, too. We just need be better in the transition game that was costly for us tonight.

"We'll use this tonight and build on it as we get ready for Saturday night against Harvard," Gaudet added of his team's season opener.
 
A back-and-forth contest all night was tied 4-4 in the third period thanks to Hesler burying a centering feed from Jasiek just 2:42 into the frame. Cole Caufield and Sean Farrell would find the back of the net down the stretch, though, to push the talented group of young Americans to their second win in three games this weekend against college teams.
 
After leading all Dartmouth defenseman in points last season despite not scoring a goal, senior and alternate captain Connor Yau tallied Dartmouth's third goal of the night on a hard shot under the crossbar to make it a 4-3 game after 40 minutes of play.
 
A true preseason game, 22 Dartmouth skaters played, while junior Adrian Clark started in net before giving way to freshman Justin Ferguson midway through the second. Clark stopped eight and allowed two with the rookie coming in to make 11 saves in his 30:50 of action.
 
In all, the Green and White played well with no signs of rust, despite being the last team in Division I hockey to play against outside competition this year.
 
That ends quickly as there is a short turnaround before the regular season gets underway Saturday night at home against Harvard. Puck drop from Thompson Arena is set for 7 p.m.