SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – In an all-too-familiar play, Ryan Walker scored off a face-off win from Cole Maier, this time giving Union a 4-3 overtime win against Dartmouth on Friday night at Messa Rink.
The win, along with other results around the league, secures Union's finish in the top eight and home ice for the first round of ECAC Hockey playoffs. The Dutchmen (16-11-6, 9-10-2 ECACH) can still finish as high as sixth, and will face either Princeton, RPI or Colgate next week to start the postseason. Dartmouth (10-14-4, 9-9-3 ECACH) is still tied for sixth with Brown, who are both just one point ahead of Union in the standings.
- Ryan Walker scored twice, including the overtime winner and earned an assist.
- Dartmouth's Quinn Foreman scored two goals in the final 2:18 of the third period to force OT.
- Jack Adams scored the game's first goal and assisted on Union's second.
- Neither team scored on the power play, as Union went 0-for-3 and Dartmouth 0-for-4.
- Darion Hanson made 18 saves in net for his 10th win of the year.
- The game marked the 10th overtime game of the season for Union, second most in the NCAA.
How It Happened
Dartmouth earned three power-play chances in the first period, including a five-on-three chance, but Union successfully killed off all three penalties to keep the game scoreless after 20 minutes.
The second period looked to be much of the same as the first as the game was still scoreless heading into the final minute of the frame. However, Jack Adams buried a chance in front for his ninth goal of the season to give Union the 1-0 lead before the second intermission.
For a low scoring game, the final half of the third period saw a flurry of goals.
Dartmouth's Alex Jasiek tied the game at the 12:14 mark, but the tie game would be short lived as Sean Harrison would score his fourth of the year less than three minutes later. Ryan Walker then scored his first of the game, 11th of the season, to put Union up by two with 2:05 to play.
However, the Big Green didn't quit and successfully scored two extra-attacker goals, both off the stick of Quinn Foreman, to tie the game up with 21 seconds remaining in regulation.
As the overtime period was winding down, Union earned an offensive-zone face off. Just like multiple times before, Cole Maier won the puck back to Ryan Walker. With Liam Morgan providing a screen in the slot, Walker fired a shot over the shoulder of Adrian Clark for the team's 16th win of the season.
Up Next for the Dutchmen
Union finishes off the regular season and celebrates Senior Day tomorrow against No. 15/16 Harvard. Puck drop against the Crimson is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET).