The Takeaway: Dartmouth Wins First of Six

Posted by: Bryan Lipiner

Boston, Mass – Though winless since Dec. 6 and in the midst of a five-game Hockey East stretch, the Dartmouth Big Green downed Boston University 4-2 Wednesday night at Agganis Arena in the first meeting between the two teams since 2008. Charlie Mosey, Brad Schierhorn, Nick Lovejoy and Eric Neily tallied goals for Dartmouth, while Cason Hohmann and Matt Grzelcyk scored for the Terriers. Big Green goaltender Charles Grant made 26 saves on 28 shots.

What I saw:

– Dartmouth was very aggressive in the offensive zone, attempting 55 shots over the first two periods, also totaling 20 grade-a chances throughout the night.

– Boston’s defense seemed sluggish at times, specifically its backcheck, which led to several Big Green odd-man rushes, and approximately four or five 2-on-1’s.

What I thought:

– Dartmouth came to play, and it was evident from the get-go. The Big Green was winning battles and races at both ends of the ice, and also looked to be skating with a greater sense of urgency. For a team that’s gone just 3-11-2 this season, it was certainly a pleasant surprise.

– Boston struggled in its second game back from winter break; not good for a Terriers team that has gone 0-4-1 in its past five. It definitely feels like Boston hasn’t found its identity yet, which will need to come together soon given the start of the second half.

What they said:

“It was a good win for our guys,” Dartmouth head coach Bob Gaudet said. “It’s a tough place to play. Good, solid effort.”

“They just won battles,” Boston University head coach David Quinn said. “They deserved to win. There haven’t been a lot of good stretches in the last five games. We gotta find our way out of this.”

What else you should know:

– Dartmouth will take on New Hampshire in Machester, N.H. on Jan. 11, completing its Hockey East stretch.

– The Terriers square off against Maine on Jan. 11 at the 2014 Frozen Fenway.

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