Record-setting night as Dartmouth routs St. Lawrence in Game 3

Record-setting night as Dartmouth routs St. Lawrence in Game 3

HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men's hockey team defeated St. Lawrence, 8-0, Sunday night to win the best-of-three first-round series in the decisive third game played at Thompson Arena.
 
The fifth-seeded Big Green (13-15-4) will now move on to play No. 4 Harvard in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals in Cambridge next weekend for the second time   in as many seasons. For the Saints (6-29-2), their season once again ends at Thompson Arena in a Game 3 loss as it did last year in the first round as well.
 
An offensive explosion in the second period that led to five Dartmouth goals was the difference as the home team posted its most tallies in a game in more than two years. The eight goals also matched the program's most ever in a playoff game set in 1980 against Rensselaer in an 8-0 victory in the league quarterfinals in a single-elimination format.
 
Quin Foreman had a four-point period (1-3-4) in the second, while Will Graber scored twice and had three points (2-1-3) along with Matt Baker (0-3-3).
 
The eight goals are what catches the eye, but the zero allowed by netminder Adrian Clark was his sixth shutout of 2018-19, setting a new Dartmouth single-season record in 113 years of program history.
 
"Adrian is quiet and unassuming, but he's also one of the strongest goalies I've ever seen," Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet '81 said. "We've had some great goalies come through here in my time as a coach and before me, and to have a single-season record in a program with the history that we have is truly a remarkable accomplishment."
 
Clark needed to make just 22 saves in his league-leading sixth shutout.
 
Seniors Alex Jasiek and Carl Hesler scored goals in their final game at Thompson Arena. Jasiek finished the night with a career-high four points (1-3-4), while Hesler had a goal and an assist and senior defender Cameron Roth also had a helper in his last game in Hanover.
 
The rookie class also got involved as Drew O'Connor scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season and his sixth in the last five games. A day after scoring on his 21st birthday, classmate Jeff Losurdo notched another, his fifth of the year. Both of those tallies came in that second-period eruption.
 
O'Connor is second in the nation in goals by a freshman this season, while leading all ECAC Hockey rookies. His sixth markers in March are twice as many as any other first-year player in Division I.
 
For the Green and White, the win also meant it will advance in the conference postseason for the eighth time in the last nine years.
 
"We played really well this weekend," Gaudet said. "It was great to see us rewarded for our play and have the puck bounce our way a few times, especially in a big game like this. We played really hard and I'm extremely proud of the young men in that locker room who were able to find it in themselves with a battle on the ice each night, while also balancing academics this week as we are in exams."
 
Dartmouth will now turn its attention to fourth-seeded Harvard and the league quarterfinals at Bright-Landry Hockey Center next weekend. Games 1 and 2 will be on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., while a third game would be at 4 p.m. were the teams to split the first two.