UNH scored twice in the third period, including in the final minute and then again in the final minute of overtime while on a 5-on-3 power play to defeat the Dartmouth men's hockey team, 5-4, Saturday night at the Whittemore Center.
Up by a pair of goals in the third period, the Big Green (0-2-0) saw the Wildcats (4-2-1) climb back into the game on Angus Crookshank's second of the night 7:41 into the frame and with Patrick Grasso scoring with 54 seconds remaining to force OT.
In a rare occurrence, not one, but two penalties were called in overtime, both against the visitors. New Hampshire was able to capitalize on the ensuing 5-on-3 power play to score the game winner with 8.3 seconds left in the game from the stick of Patrick Kelleher.
"We're not a team that takes penalties too often. We're one of the most disciplined teams in the country the last three years, so that's not like us," Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet '81said. "I wish it didn't happen, but it's a learning experience for our group.
"This was a game that we played really hard and it came down to a few mistakes in the end," Gaudet added. "You could see we were a little drained in the end of the final two periods, but we have to get over this and move on. I feel for the guys in that room who gave everything tonight and weren't able to see it go their way tonight."
No joke. This is the best play of the day. Nothing will change my mind. pic.twitter.com/Yghys3DboX— Dartmouth Men's Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) November 3, 2019
Before the dramatic ending, it looked like Matt Baker would be the hero of the night as the Dartmouth forward scored in each of the first two periods. After UNH scored in the opening minute, Ryan Blankemeier got one back for the Green, scoring 2:07 into the contest on a goal that was reviewed and ruled to have hit the back post and come back out of the net.
Jeff Losurdo's first of the season came on the power play and gave Dartmouth its first lead of the game at 8:07 of the second.
Sophomores Erik Urbank and Christian LeSueur as well as freshman Tanner Palocsik all got the first points of their careers with assists in the game. For the rookie Palocsik, he finished with a pair for a multi-point effort.
Netminder Adrian Clark made 23 saves in the game, while the Wildcats' Ty Taylor stopped 20.
Dartmouth opens the home portion of the schedule next weekend when it welcomes No. 9 Quinnipiac and Princeton to Thompson Arena for a pair of ECAC Hockey games. Both are set for 7 p.m. puck drops at Thompson Arena.