Dartmouth Mounts Late Comeback But Falls to Union in OT

Dartmouth Mounts Late Comeback But Falls to Union in OT

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Down 3-1 with under a minute and half to play, Dartmouth men's hockey sophomore Quin Foremanscored two goals to tie the game and force overtime.
 
Unfortunately for the Big Green (10-14-4, 9-9-3 ECAC), Union's Ryan Walker scored the game winner with 50.1 seconds left in the fourth period to give the Dutchmen (16-11-6, 9-10-2 ECAC) a 4-3 victory at Messa Rink Friday night.
 
Dartmouth didn't score its first goal of the game until senior Alex Jasiek buried a breakaway with 7:46 remaining in the third period, tying the game at 1-1. Union's Sean Harrison and Ryan Walker scored two goals in the ensuing five minutes and change to put the home team up a pair with a victory almost assured for the home team.
 
That's when Foreman took over in the wild final minutes. His 10th of the season came as he put the puck off the back of the Dutchmen netminder Darion Hanson with a mass of people in the crease. The goal was reviewed and deemed good, pulling Dartmouth to within one with 1:18 left in regulation.
 
With goaltender Adrian Clark still pulled in favor of the extra skater, the Big Green worked the puck around the offensive zone before Foreman was able to put a perfectly placed shot into the back of the net from the bottom of the circle for his team-leading 11th of the year and causing his team's bench to erupt.
 
The visitors had their chances to win it in OT, but the pucks never had the eyes for the back of the net in scrums that they did in the third period.
 
Though he allowed four and was saddled with the loss, Clark played one of his best games of the season and was the only reason Dartmouth was even in position to play for a tie late in the third period. He finished with 30 saves in the game, including four in the extra frame as both teams battled for the all-important two points.
 
Hanson had 18 saves in the game.
 
"I'm disappointed for the guys because they played so hard and fought back all night," Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet '81 said. "Adrian (Clark) played well all game and gave us a chance and we finally were able to take advantage late with three goals and force overtime. We found a way to get there, but we couldn't take advantage of the chances we had right before the goal to make things go our way."
 
With the loss, the Green and White are longer in contention for a first-round bye and can finish anywhere between fifth and eighth in the league standings. They will host a first-round playoff series next weekend at Thompson Arena.
 
Dartmouth heads to Rensselaer to close out the regular season on Saturday night. The Big Green and Engineers will play at 7 p.m. in a game that will be streamed free of charge on RPItv.