Hanover, NH.- St. Lawrence was the hungrier team on Friday night at Thompson arena. A three goal third period lifted the Saints to a 4-2 come from behind victory over Dartmouth. Junior forwards Jeremy Wick and Greg Carey each had big three point nights to lead their team to victory.
Dartmouth came out of the gates late in the first period with an awkward power play goal with one second remaining in the period. St. Lawrence came out a very motivated team at the start of the second, as Wick slotted home a PPG against Big Green goaltender Charlie Grant.
Dustin Walsh returned from injury and put Dartmouth up 2-1 on a beautiful breakaway goal at the end of the second period. From that point on the Big Green could not put anything past Saints goaltender Matt Weninger. A total offensive break came from the top line of Saint Lawrence in the third period, as Wick and Carey sealed the game off with a positive 4-2 victory.
What I saw:
There seemed to be a shift in momentum at the start of the second period. Dartmouth completely looked like the normal dominating offense they have shown all year in the first period. They just could not get that final puck past Weninger.
St. Lawrence may not have had the best season to date, but I saw a team that really wanted to win more on ice. Lots of emotions were shown on ice and from the bench. Coming out in the third with that intensity certainly helped take some much needed points.
The Saints actually have a pretty good power play. It may go under the radar because of poor results this season, but opponents should take notes. There was lots of very crisp passing on every chance and Dartmouth had to work extra hard on the kill all game.
What I thought:
Wick may be known as more of a rugged forward, but he showed a lot of heart for his team on Friday night. His effort just shows what it takes for some teams to get out of a rut. It shows why Saints head coach Greg Carvel has made him an assistant captain on the team.
The return of Walsh was certainly a boost for Dartmouth, as he looked very eager to put some points up. His control and vision of the puck created many chances every time he was on ice with the second line. Head coach Bob Gaudet has tried to put him up on the first line in the past and may try to do so again soon.
If Dartmouth could have just taken a two goal advantage the game would have been over. Given the circumstances I felt as if the Big Green could have just put away one of the early chances in the third period the game would have fell flat for St. Lawrence.
What they said:
St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel: “It is a big win for us,” said Carvel. “Dartmouth is really playing well this year. I thought we were playing pretty well in the first two periods. I challenged the team after the team after the second period to play as close to the way we want to play as possible and play a little harder.”
Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet: “I thought we were well prepared and I thought we played very well,” said Gaudet. “St. Lawrence has a good team and they are very opportunistic. I didn’t think we gave them a whole lot, but they did a good job. In the third period they got some big goals.”
Dartmouth forward Dustin Walsh on the third period: “I don’t know what we are doing differently, if we are trying to hang onto leads, but we just aren’t getting it done,” said Walsh. “All year we have been coming out hard in the first two periods and then shutting it down in the third.”
What else you should know:
The result was the first ECAC home loss for Dartmouth this season. The Big Green will face another team from the North Country on Saturday night in Clarkson. The Golden Knights will be arriving in Hanover after a very solid 5-1 win on Harvard on Friday.
The win for St. Lawrence puts them in the middle of the ECAC pack. If they can take advantage of a very down trotted Harvard team on Saturday they could move up into the top half of the league.