St. Lawrence edged by Dartmouth in Game 1 of ECAC Hockey First Round

St. Lawrence edged by Dartmouth in Game 1 of ECAC Hockey First Round

HANOVER, NH -- Three straight Dartmouth goals helped the Big Green edge the St. Lawrence men's hockey team, 3-2, in the first game of a best-of-three ECAC Hockey first-round series at Thompson Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire on Friday night.

St. Lawrence got on the board first with Ryan Garvey'ssixth of the season, but Dartmouth scored twice in a span of less than five minutes in the latter half of the first period to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Collin Rutherford extended the Big Green lead to 3-1 at 3:40 of the middle frame with the eventual game winner.

Dylan Woolf then concluded the scoring with the second tally of his career, unassisted, to cut the deficit to one near the midway point of the second, but St. Lawrence couldn't net the equalizer.

With the loss, the twelfth-seeded Saints fall to 5-28-2 on the season, while fifth-seeded Dartmouth improves to 12-14-4 and has a 1-0 lead in the series.

Garvey opened the scoring for the Saints on their first shot of the game, as he finished off a cross-ice feed from classmate Carson Gicewicz on a 3-on-2 rush into the Dartmouth zone. His wrister from the bottom of the left circle beat Dartmouth's Adrian Clark inside the near post for a 1-0 St. Lawrence lead at 6:33 of the opening frame.

Less than four minutes later, Dartmouth pulled even when Joey Matthews threw a pass off the end boards to Quin Foreman on the opposite circle, who then fed a quick pass to goal-scorer Drew O'Connor on the far post for a one-timer that beat starter Emil Zetterquist before he could push across into position.

At 15:01 of the first, Foreman converted the Big Green's first power-play opportunity of the game to make it 2-1 in favor of the home team.

Dartmouth outshot the Saints 19-5 through the opening 20 minutes, and finished with a 36-16 advantage in the game. The Big Green also went 1-for-2 with the man advantage, while St. Lawrence went without a power play on Friday night.

Just under four minutes into the second period, Shane Sellar sprung Rutherford and the Big Green on a rush into the Saints' zone and Rutherford ripped a shot from the right wing side that snuck in under the glove of Zetterquist for a 3-1 Dartmouth lead.

At 9:45 of the middle frame, after a number of failed clear attempts by the Big Green kept a St. Lawrence possession alive, Woolf picked up the puck on the half wall and skated behind the Dartmouth net before jamming a shot off the inside of Clark's arm for the Saints' second goal.

Shots were even at 7-7 in the third period, and the Saints played for more than a minute with an extra attacker at the end of regulation but were unable to cash in and force overtime.

Zetterquist finished with 33 saves for the Saints, while Clark stopped 14 for Dartmouth.

The Saints will look to keep their season alive and force a decisive game three, as they did last year against the Big Green, with a win on Saturday night.

Puck drop for game two is set for 7 p.m. at Thompson Arena.