Drew O'Connor scores late as Dartmouth ties RPI

Drew O'Connor scores late as Dartmouth ties RPI

HANOVER, N.H. - Freshman Drew O'Connor scored his ninth goal of the season with just 1:04 remaining in Friday night's game with Rensselaer inside Thompson Arena, helping the Dartmouth men's hockey team to a 3-3 and an ECAC Hockey point.
 
The Engineers (8-17-3, 5-9-2 ECAC) held three different one-goal leads in the game. But every time the visitors scored, the Big Green (8-11-3, 7-6-2 ECAC) answered back with the O'Connor redirect goal with the goalie pulled and just 64 seconds remaining the third of those occurrences.
 
O'Connor had a chance to end it in the overtime period as well, but his shot from the bottom of the left circle rang off the crossbar and then the far post before ricocheting away.
 
"We played hard and they (RPI) played hard," Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet '81 said. "Their goalie was really good tonight and the team in front of him was very strong as they've been of late.
 
"It was good to see our young guys contributing and in big situations. We are going to need scoring from everyone down the stretch so it was nice to see that come through tonight," Gaudet added.
 
One of those young players contributing was freshman Jeff Losurdo. He notched his first goal since Nov. 24 at the 7:54 mark of the first, just two and a half minutes after Will Reilly opened the scoring for the Engineers. Losurdo scored the goal with a nice toe drag in the low slot, but the saucer pass from Connor Yau to set up the rookie winger was a thing of beauty.
 
Rensselaer moved ahead again on a Ture Linden marker almost 11 minutes into the third, but with 4:03 left in the frame, sophomore Collin Rutherford managed to slide his third goal of the season under the leg pad of the RPI goalie Owen Savory to send the teams to the second intermission knotted at 2-2.
 
The trend continued in the third, though, as Brady Wiffen notched the go-ahead goal at 9:31. It took Dartmouth nearly 10 minutes and the extra attacker before O'Connor was able to tip the Matt Baker point shot in from the slot for the tying score with Quin Foreman getting credit for the second assist.
 
Adrian Clark made 24 saves in the Big Green crease, while Savory stopped 35, recording double-digit saves in each period of regulation and the only shot on goal of overtime. It was another night in which the home team managed a wealth of shots, but was met by the strong play of the opposition's goaltending.
 
One of Dartmouth's three power plays came in the extra period, but like the two before, it managed come up without a goal. RPI scored on its lone power-play bid.

The Big Green are back home Saturday night, hosting No. 20 Union at 7 p.m. The game will be carried live on ESPN+ and can be heard on 94 ESPN Radio.