Gaudet Picks Up Win No. 400, Dartmouth Takes Down Quinnipiac

Gaudet Picks Up Win No. 400, Dartmouth Takes Down Quinnipiac

HANOVER, N.H. – Koenig Family Head Coach of Dartmouth Men's Hockey Bob Gaudet '81 picked up the 400th win of his coaching career Saturday night with a dominant 5-1 victory against visiting No. 15 Quinnipiac inside Thompson Arena.
 
The victory was the 307th at his alma mater after 93 during his time at Brown.
 
"What a great response for this team after last night's game," Gaudet said. "We will leave this weekend with a positive outlook because of the way we bounced back tonight.
 
"I love the style and identity of this group," Gaudet added. "Quinnipiac is a really good team and it showed in their record. We knew we had to come out and pressure them and win battles, which was something we did tonight."
 
What guided Gaudet to his milestone was scoring depth and a tight defensive game that resulted in the four-goal win, the largest margin of victory for Dartmouth (2-1-0, 2-1-0) in the all-time series against the Bobcats.
 
Quinnipiac (6-1-0, 1-1-0) was one of just a four unbeaten teams left in the country coming into the night, but were undone by a Dartmouth power play that scored twice and put the game away in the second period.
 
An even-strength goal from Drew O'Connor at 5:45 got the scoring started in the middle period. It wasn't too long until the Big Green scored again as sophomore Quin Foreman notched his second of the year on the man-advantage at 7:34.
 
The scoring continued as sophomore Collin Rutherford notched another power-play goal at 11:30 to push the lead to three.
 
The Bobcats finally got life with Chase Priskie's sixth of the season at the 2:19 mark of the third period. Unfortunately for Quinnipiac, though, Jeff Losurdo's first career goal came just two minutes and 25 seconds later to make it a three-score game once again.
 
The icing on the cake was Carl Hesler hitting the empty net from 150 feet away on the penalty kill as Quinnipiac pulled goaltender Keith Petruzzelli for the extra skater, a move that didn't work out, as Hesler had no repercussions for taking a shot with icing out of the equation.
 
Senior Connor Yau and junior Will Graber each had a pair of assists in the game and joined Losurdo (1-1-2), Rutherford (1-1-2) and Hesler (1-1-2) with multi-point nights.
 
If the headlines are about the scoring, the goaltending of junior Adrian Clark is the backbone of the team's second win of the season. Clark stopped 25 in the game and was a difference maker with Quinnipiac on the power play as the visitors managed 13 shots on goal during their three opportunities.
 
In two career starts against the Bobcats, Clark has allowed just one goal on 69 shots in 125 minutes of play and is 2-0-0 with a scoreless shutout to his credit last year in Hamden.
 
Saturday marked the 400th career coaching victory for Gaudet, but another milestone is just around the corner for the 31-year veteran. Gaudet is now just one win behind the legendary Eddie Jeremiah '30 for the most all-time wins in program history. Gaudet has 307 in his 22 years in Hanover, while Jeremiah posted 308 over 26 seasons with Dartmouth nearly a half century ago.
 
The Big Green are back in action, heading out on the road for the first time this season to take on Brown and Yale next weekend in a pair of ECAC Hockey games.