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Daniel Hincks grabbed an off-the-mark bouncer from Brock Haley with 28 seconds remaining to earn his 20th save of the day and end any further Vermont effort in the final moments, effectively securing the 8-7 Dartmouth victory. The win marks the third consecutive for Brendan Callahan’s program.
57 seconds before that final play came a crucial Dartmouth timeout, which was ruled to have come just before a Vermont defenseman dislodged the ball from the stick of a Big Green player in a play that could have possibly set up a transition opportunity for the Catamounts. The timeout saved the Dartmouth possession, but noting would come of it as they committed a turnover seconds after play resumed.
Michael McCormack’s fourth goal of the day brought the Catamounts within one with 1:42 left and was the third goal Vermont had gotten since the 8:17 mark in the second quarter. The Dartmouth defense held the Catamounts to 0-13 in shooting for over 28 minutes. Vermont also had 13 turnovers during that period with five of them being caused.
While the Big Green defense was holding down the fort on one end of the field, their offense was able to find success on the other end. George Prince and Henry Bonnie ended the half with consecutive goals to pull ahead 5-4. And amidst that defensive-heavy third quarter, Peter Lapina threw a behind-the-back feed to a cutting Tommy Rogan for another Dartmouth score.
George Prince earned himself a hat trick early in the fourth off a failed Vermont clear to push Dartmouth ahead by three.
Before that run from the Big Green, it was a constant back-and-forth battle that saw three lead changes and three ties through the first 22 minutes of play.
Vermont won the possession battle and seemingly dominated that department down the stretch, in part to Tommy Burke’s 10-for-18 (55%) effort at the faceoff dot. He went 6-for-8 in the second half alone, which included three consecutive faceoff violations on Mitchell Myers in the fourth quarter.
In addition to Hincks’ 20 saves, LSM Joe Azelby grabbed five ground balls while also causing two turnovers. Defenseman Peter Rizzotti had four ground balls and two caused turnovers and SSDM had two caused turnovers and two ground balls, as well as an assist on a highlight-reel goal to finish the first quarter.
Ryan Cornell made nine saves to anchor the Vermont defense. Jackson Canfield (4GB/3CT) and LSM Nick Alviti (5GB/3CT) had monster performances with a combined nine ground balls and six caused turnovers.
Drexel Earns Comeback Road Win Over Saint Joseph’s
Despite going just 9-for-36 at the faceoff dot and falling behind 7-2 at the end of the first quarter of play, the Drexel Dragons were able to comeback and come out ton top 18-17 against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks on Tuesday afternoon.
In the final three quarters of play, the Dragons outscored the Hawks 16-10 as they rode behind Jack Mulcahy’s nine-point (4G/5A) performance. Sean Donnelly also had six points off three goals and three assists to also help lead the way for the Drexel offense.
The Hawks held onto a 9-7 lead at the half and led 14-12 to start the fourth. However, it was a four-goal Dragons run in the final period that put them ahead and helped them earn the comeback victory.
Saint Joseph’s turnover problem hindered their faceoff dominance practically useless as the Hawks committed 16 turnovers (nine in the second half), seven of which were caused. The Dragons were able to capitalize the Hawks’ miscues as five of their goals came on possessions in which they gained due to a Saint Joseph’s turnover.
Tucker Brown led Saint Joseph’s with two goals and two assists. Zach Cole went 27-for-36 at the dot and Tucker Almany made 12 saves in cage.
Drew McGill got his first career start in cage and made nine saves.
UMass Tops UAlbany
In what was another exciting and physical midweek contest between these two programs, the UMass Minutemen came out on top 12-9.
The Danes got on the board first with two straight from Corey Yunker and Amos Whitcomb, but a five-goal UMass run with five different scorers to end the first quarter made all the difference. After taking the 5-3 lead heading into the second the Minutemen never trailed or saw the score tied again.
UAlbany cut the lead to two (10-8) early in the fourth, but two from Mike Tobin and Gabriel Procyk stopped the Danes effort and put the Minutemen back up four. Jack Pucci scored the final goal of the game for the Danes with just over a minute left on a man-up possession.
Gabriel Procyk led the Minutemen with four points off two goals and two assists. Matt Knote made 10 saves in cage.
Jack Pucci netted a hat trick for the Danes.
- Binghamton beat Hofstra 12-8 in a game that saw a scoreless fourth quarter. The Bearcats went on a seven-goal run from late in the second through the third to secure the win. Matthew DeSouza goes 19-for-22 at the dot for the Bearcats.
- Matt Grillo’s five-goal performance helped lead Providence past Sacred Heart, 16-12.
- Taylor Strough and Jack McKenna combined for 10 goals to help lead Fairfield past Quinnipiac, 14-10.