Dartmouth Erases Three-Goal Deficit to Beat BU

Dartmouth Erases Three-Goal Deficit to Beat BU

Down 3-0 in the first period proved to be nothing more than a speed bump for the Dartmouth men's hockey team Saturday night against visiting BU.
 
The Big Green (8-5-3) scored three-straight goals in a one minute and 40-second stretch to tie the game before the first intermission and then used two goals from Drew O'Connor just 47 seconds apart in the middle frame to earn the 5-4 victory.
 
"They (BU) came out of the gate so fast, I thought we were going to have to play catch-up all night, but, luckily we got right back in it," Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet '81 said afterward. "There are some nights OC (Drew O'Connor) is the best player on the ice and this felt like one of those game tonight, but that's also because he is playing on a great line.
 
"I really like what those three guys are doing together," Gaudet said. "Mark GallantQuin Foreman and Drew have been playing so well as a unit right now and to get Will Graber back and be able to put him somewhere else and get production makes it even better."
 
O'Connor finished with the two goals and now leads all Dartmouth players with 10 this season. Gallant scored his second in as many nights and third in the last four games, but also dished out a pair of assists for a three-point contest. Foreman kicked in a goal and an assist, while freshman blueliner Tanner Palocsik had two assists and continues to pace league rookies with 13 this season.
 
The story will be that the Terriers (7-7-5) jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the 13:19 mark of the first with tallies from Sam Stevens, Gabriel Chabot and Matthew Quercia, but were unable to hold that three-goal lead for even the next four minutes.
 
Gallant scored on the power play, redirecting a shot in the slot to open the home team's scoring. Matt Baker stuffed home a rebound a minute and 16 seconds later for his second point after picking up a helper on Gallant's marker. Just 24 seconds after that, Foreman buried a rebound in the far circle to tie the game and chase Terriers netminder Sam Tucker — a former Yale netminder and now BU graduate student — from the crease.
 
The highlight of the night was the go-ahead goal from BU's Wilmer Skoog as he cradled the puck on his stick blade behind the net and lifted it in the air to deposit it into the top corner, under the bar on a wrap-around bid, completing the play known as "The Michigan" just 1:46 into the middle frame.
 
That was to be the game winner if the score held up and were it not for O'Connor's goals at 11:05 and 11:52, respectively. But a pair of even-strength tallies proved to be the difference as for the second time in three years, the Green and White dispatched a non-conference foe, 5-4, after trailing by three in the opening frame; also doing so at Denver in December 2017.
 
His second goal proved to be the winner, his league-leading third of the season. It was also his 10th of the year, a mark that ranks second in the league only to Quinnipiac's Wyatt Bongiovanni and his 11 goals in five more games. The 0.62 goals per game this season by O'Connor is the top mark in ECAC Hockey as well.
 
The five goals scored against BU was the most by a Dartmouth team since Jan. 19, 1983 when the Green dropped a 6-5 OT contest. It was the most in a win against the Terriers since a 6-2 victory in Boston on Nov. 26, 1980 when Gaudet was between the pipes for the visiting team, rather than behind the bench.
 
In total, six players for Dartmouth recorded multiple points in the game, another season high: Gallant (1-2-3), O'Connor (2-0-2), Palocsik (0-2-2), Graber (0-2-2), Foreman (1-1-2) and Baker (1-1-2).
 
The Big Green are home next weekend against Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Friday and Saturday nights. Both games are 7 p.m. start times with the game against the Saints part of an evening in which the program will honor Lee Stempniak '05, Tanner Glass '07 and Ben Lovejoy 06 on their NHL careers. Check back with DartmouthSports.com for more information regarding that event.