Dartmouth's Comeback Falls Short

Dartmouth's Comeback Falls Short

In a wild game that featured three separate three-goal runs, the Dartmouth men's hockey team just couldn't find the last two in a 6-4 loss at No. 12 Northeastern Saturday afternoon.
 
Four Big Green (4-4-2) players finished with multiple points inside Matthews Arena led by senior Daniel Warpecha (1-1-2) and sophomore Jeff Losurdo (1-1-2).
 
The Huskies (11-5-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals from John Picking, Matt Filipe and Aidan McDonough.
 
Dartmouth wasted little time in answering the bell as Losurdo scored just 54 seconds into the second, his third goal in as many games.
 
Warpecha made it a one-score at the 8:39 mark, tipping in a point shot from Brendan Less. The junior defender picked up his second assist just 12 seconds later, setting up Sam Hesler with the tying goal after intercepting a Huskies' breakout pass.
 
However, the three-goal run ended for the visitors and began again for the home team as Northeastern's McDonough, Ryan Shea and Tyler Madden all found the back of the net in the next six minutes to push the lead to three, 6-3, through 40 minutes. The first two in that run came on the power play as the Huskies proved deadly with the man-advantage in the game, finishing the night 3-for-5.
 
Ryan Blankemeier netted the lone third-period goal to cap the scoring for the two teams.
 
"They're a really good team and their power play was a killer tonight," Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet '81 said. "We had a great start to the second period, but we had a few things go against us that really hurt and good teams are going to make you pay for that."
 
Less (0-2-2) and Hesler (1-1-2) joined Warpecha and Losurdo with multiple points, while Matt Baker and Erik Urbank also had helpers in the game.
 
Senior Adrian Clark posted 24 saves in the high-scoring affair, while Craig Pantano had 23.
 
The players head home for the winter break, but return to Hanover as Dartmouth will host the 31st Ledyard Classic on Dec. 28-29. The Big Green will play Colorado College and then UConn with St. Lawrence alternating opponents.