Dartmouth takes down St. Lawrence to take series lead

Dartmouth takes down St. Lawrence to take series lead

HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men's hockey team skated to a 3-2 win Friday night in Game 1 of its ECAC Hockey first-round series against St. Lawrence.
 
Goals from Drew O'ConnorQuin Foreman and Collin Rutherford helped the fifth-seeded Big Green (12-14-4) take a 1-0 series lead against the 12th-seeded Saints (5-28-2).
 
"It was a good battle. It wasn't a game with a lot of flow, but we got a lead and held onto it, so it's a good first playoff game," Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet '81.
 
"I thought they (SLU) played in our end a lot in the second period a lot more than in the first period. Our goalie (Adrian Clark) made a fabulous couple of stops and saved us then and was very solid during the night," Gaudet added.
 
Ryan Garvey started the scoring at 6:33 of the first on St. Lawrence's first shot of the game after Dartmouth dominated play in the opening minuets at the other end.
 
O'Connor answered back at 10:17 with his 14th of the season, knocking home a beautiful saucer pass from Foreman on the goal line. Joey Matthews started the play from the top of the circles with a banked pass off the backboards behind the net to Foreman.
 
For O'Connor, the 14th goal of the season is not only the team lead, but also moved him into a tie for second place nationally in freshmen tallies in 2018-19.
 
Foreman got on the board himself less than five minutes later, knocking in a loose puck at the top of the paint on the power play to put the home team ahead.
 
Rutherford scored his fourth of the season and second game-winning goal at home against the Saints in his career when he finished a 2-on-1 rush 3:40 into the middle frame with a well-placed wrist shot between the pads. St. Lawrence made it a one-goal game at midway point of the second stanza on a Dylan Wolf wrap-around bid.
 
However, no other pucks would find the back of the net again as Dartmouth hung on for the 3-2 win and 1-0 series lead.
 
Netminder Adrian Clark needed just 14 saves to earn the win, the first of his postseason career. Emil Zetterquist was saddled with the 'L' despite making 33 saves as the Big Green held a 36-16 edge in shots on goal.
 
Game 2 is Saturday night with puck drop also slated for 7 p.m. A Dartmouth win would clinch the best-of-three series and send the Green to Harvard for a quarterfinals match-up, while a SLU win would force Game 3 on Sunday night.