Overtime thriller sees Dartmouth prevail against Harvard

Overtime thriller sees Dartmouth prevail against Harvard

HANOVER, N.H. – Quin Foreman scored 18 seconds into overtime as the Dartmouth men's hockey team beat visiting Harvard, 7-6, to open the 2018-19 season in thrilling fashion Saturday night at Thompson Arena.
 
Foreman finished off a great feed from linemate Shane Sellar —who himself had a goal and an assist for a three-point night — at the side of the net to send the Thompson faithful home happy.
 
"What a great game for people to watch. Lots of goals and a ton of skill all over the ice tonight," Koenig Family Head Coach of Men's Hockey Bob Gaudet '81 said. "They hurt us on the power play, but we have to learn and adapt to how the game is called and be better. A lot of those mistakes were self-inflicted.
 
"That game winner was a great play by that line," Gaudet continued. "All three contributed to make it happen and get us two points that will be huge for us late in the year."
 
The team's top line of Sellar, Foreman and Will Graber finished with an eight-point night (4-4-8) as each scored and had multiple points in the contest.
 
A 1-0 led after Sellar's first of the season evaporated on the heels of two goals from the Crimson's Jack Baldini and Colton Kerfoot just 22 seconds apart to give the visitors a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
 
The lead became 3-1 early in the second, before Will Graber answered back with the Big Green's second power-play goal of the night at 5:26. Another Harvard special teams goal pushed the lead back to two at 12:27, however, the two-tally cushion lasted just another 22 seconds as Harrison Markell hit Drew O'Connor with a long pass that sprung the freshman in on a breakaway that he finished with a beautiful move into the back of the net.
 
Ryan Blankemeier's redirect and another Sellar goal separated by 27 seconds tied and then gave the Green and White the 5-4 lead in the opening minutes of the third period.
 
The back-and-froth nature of Saturday's game wasn't done, though, as Reilly Walsh netted his second of the night midway through the frame. The 5-5 tie became a 6-5 Dartmouth lead at 13:41 as Clay Han's wrist shot from the point had eyes and found space through a crowd before bulging the net.
 
The star of the night was Harvard's Adam Fox. His first goal and fifth points (1-4-5) of the game came on the power play with 3:48 remaining and immediately following a delay to repair a broken pane of glass behind the Dartmouth net.
 
That forced the extra session and the heroics by the Timber Line's youngest member with his second career game-winning goal.
 
The Crimson power play was good to say the least, scoring five times on seven opportunities. Despite that drop off in Dartmouth's game, they managed to score seven times for the second time in Harvard's last three trips to Hanover (an 8-4 win on Jan. 17, 2016). The seven goals was also the most scored in a season-opening game since Dartmouth beat Niagara, 8-5, at home on Nov. 8, 1998.
 
In a game that featured 13 combined goals, the goaltending takes a backseat. However, Adrian Clark was impressive in making 37 saves as the Crimson peppered the junior netminder all night, including 23 on those seven power-play bids. Michael Lackey made 20 saves in the losing effort.
 
Dartmouth will host Princeton next Friday night at 7 p.m. and then Quinnipiac the following evening as part of homestand to start the season.