Special teams the difference as Dartmouth loses to No. 6 Quinnipiac

Special teams the difference as Dartmouth loses to No. 6 Quinnipiac

HAMDEN, Conn. – A three-goal second period from sixth-ranked Quinnipiac erased an early lead for the Dartmouth men's hockey team Friday night as the Bobcats came away from the ECAC Hockey game with a 5-1 win.
 
Junior Daniel Warpecha scored his first goal of the season with 20 seconds remaining the first period for the lone Big Green (5-8-2, 4-3-1 ECAC) tally of the night. Quinnipiac (16-4-1, 7-3-1) found the back of the net three times in the second and another two in the third for the victory on home ice.
 
Dartmouth defeated Quinnipiac, 5-1, in the first meeting of the season in Hanover back on Nov. 3, but was returned the favor in identical fashion in Hamden on this night.
 
"We have to be better if we want to win games against good teams like that," Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet '81 said afterward. "We played really good hockey for 35 minutes through the first two periods and were down, 3-1. We did a lot of good things, but we just couldn't dig ourselves out of that hole."
 
A pair of power-play goals from Chase Priskie and Peter DiLiberatore just past the midway point of the second period turned the deficit into a lead. With 18 seconds remaining, Ethan de Jong extended the lead to a pair headed into the second intermission.
 
A score from Alex Whalen just 1:24 into the third and then the insurance marker with 2:07 left in regulation came on the power play from Craig Martin to seal the scoring.
 
The first Quinnipiac goal scored was the first allowed by goalie Adrian Clark in 157:23 of play in the greater New Haven area after a 0-0 shutout in Hamden last season and a 3-0 win at Yale earlier this year. He finished with 18 saves, while the Bobcats' Andrew Shortridge stopped 24 in the win.
 
Brendan Demler and Kevan Kilistoff had the assists on the Warpecha goal. Kilistoff was appearing in his 100th game in a Big Green sweater on Friday night, making him the 104th player in program history to reach the milestone figure.
 
Dartmouth heads to Princeton for a Saturday night tilt with the Tigers at Hobey Baker Rink. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+ or heard on 94 ESPN Radio.