Dartmouth opens second half with dominant Ledyard Classic win against Army

Dartmouth opens second half with dominant Ledyard Classic win against Army

HANOVER, N.H.  – The Dartmouth men's hockey team defeated visiting Army West Point, 5-2, Saturday night in its Ledyard Classic opener in front of 3,143 fans at Thompson Arena.
 
There is now a de factor Ledyard Classic Championship game Sunday night at 7 p.m. as the Big Green take on No. 10 Providence after the Friars defeated Brown, 3-1, in the early game.
 
It looked like the Black Knights (8-9-1) were the better team early on as Kevin Dineen scored just 2:05 into the game. However, Drew O'Connor's team-leading sixth goal of the season answered back for the home team just a minute and six seconds later.
 
Alex Jasiek's second of the year five and a half minutes after that gave the Big Green (5-6-1) a 2-1 lead and it's first multi-goal first period all season.
 
Quin Foreman pulled even with O'Connor, scoring his sixth of the season 6:05 into the second period with Carl Hesler's third of the year 10 minutes later giving the home team a 4-1 lead through 40 minutes.
 
Joey Matthews' first career goal gave Dartmouth its fifth straight tally as he ripped a shot from the halfboards into the far top corner of the net. The Black Knights capped the scoring less than a minute later as the Green and White pushed its unbeaten streak against Army to six games (5-0-1) dating back to 1996. Army has not beaten Dartmouth since the 1990-91 season (a 4-3 OT win).
 
Adrian Clark made 23 stops and showed great resiliency in bouncing back after allowing the early marker. Twenty-one of those saves came in the final two periods of play.
 
Another disciplined game saw the boys in Green whistled for just one minor, which is successfully killed off to keep its resurgent penalty kill rolling, sporting a 95.0 percent success rate since the second week of November. In that same time, Dartmouth averages just 5.56 penalty minutes per game, the lowest figure in the country.
 
Hesler, Matthews and Jasiek all finished with a goal and an assist each. Playing on his 21st birthday, Collin Rutherford picked up an assist, while Brendan Demler collected his first point of the year with a helper of his own.