Adrian Clark ties record with 5th shutout as Dartmouth defeats Yale

Adrian Clark ties record with 5th shutout as Dartmouth defeats Yale

HANOVER, N.H. – Junior netminder Adrian Clark turned in his fifth shutout of the season on Friday night as the Dartmouth men's hockey team blanked Yale, 2-0, at Thompson Arena.
 
Clark ties Chester Gale who had five shutouts in the 1919-20 season, while also picking up his second of the year against the Bulldogs (13-10-3, 11-7-1 ECAC) after posting a 3-0 win in New Haven back in November.
 
The game-winning goal for the Big Green (10-12-4, 9-7-3 ECAC) came just 45 seconds into the game from sophomore defender Brendan Less, his first career tally.
 
Setting up the opening goal was sophomore Matt Baker with a beautiful backhanded saucer pass from the boards to Less streaking through the slot. Baker would get on the board himself at 7:18 of the second, slamming home a rebound after Collin Rutherford's initial shot was denied.
 
Quin Foreman and Drew O'Connor had the secondary assists on the two goals.
 
The story of the night was not about the scoring, though; it was about the man keeping pucks out of the net at the other end. Clark stopped all 28 shots he faced, picking up his first career shutout at home despite ranking second all-time at Dartmouth with six total. Only George Bott's seven over three seasons from 1926-29 are ahead of Clark and the three others with six in the 113-year history of the program.
 
"The d-core was really good tonight and made it hard for them down low," Clark said. "The forwards did a great job of getting out high and blocking pucks and those things made it easy for me to see and make saves."
 
Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet '81 liked what he saw from his goaltender all night and the skaters in front of him doing everything to get the win.
 
"From Clark on out, I thought we played a really good game against a team that has proven itself to be very good in this league this year," Gaudet said. "The PK early in the second helped us gain some confidence and that played to our favor down the stretch."
 
Clark now ranks second in the nation for shutouts this season and is tied for the ECAC Hockey lead with Clarkson's Jake Kielly, a player he bested, 1-0, just a week ago.
 
As a team, the five shutouts this year are tied for the most in a season along with the 1919-20 and 1926-27 squads.
 
With 21 league points, Dartmouth is sixth in the standings, but just two back of Clarkson and Yale for fourth place and the final bye. First-place Quinnipiac has 26 points with Cornell (25) and Harvard (24) right behind.
 
The Big Green are back home Saturday night for the final time in the regular season, hosting Brown at 7 p.m. The game will serve as Senior Day for the six members of the Class of 2019.