March 19, 2011

Dartmouth keeps faint NCAA hopes alive with consolation win

By Russ Cohen

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J -- Dartmouth got a three-point night from Matthew Lindblad and that helped propel it to a 5-3 win over Colgate in the ECAC Hockey consolation game Saturday evening.

The Big Green still have a miniscule chance of making the NCAA tournament but the odds are against them.

In a slow first period, 12th-seeded Colgate got on the board first when forward Robbie Bourdon took an innocuous looking wrist shot that snuck in the corner of the net.

Dartmouth got the first power play of the game at 12:37and got on the scoreboard when defenseman Connor Goggin took a slapper that found the back of the net at 14:35to tie up the game.

“We were on the power play and Matthew Lindblad was just walking up the boards and gave me a good pass and tried to take a one-timer on net, and the puck had eyes,” Goggin said.

Dartmouth added its second power-play goal of the game when Lindblad lifted one past the Colgate goalie to make it a 2-1 game at the 19:41mark.

Dartmouth got a nice tip-in goal by Rob Smith at 2:41to give it a decided 3-1 lead in the middle period.

Colgate had a two-man advantage for over a minute, and five minutes of straight power-play time, thanks to a hit from behind penalty from Joe Stejskal, who also got a game misconduct. It finally converted when Francois Brisebois scored from the slot on the wrister at 12:57.

Dartmouth regained its two-goal edge when center Scott Fleming dug the puck out from behind the net and made a sweet backhand pass to Adam Estoclet in the slot.

Dartmouth got the back-breaker when Dustin Walsh sailed through the crease and went five-hole on goalie Eric Michalik at 8:51of the third period.

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