Feb. 14, 2009

Courtesy: Dartmouthsports.com

HANOVER, N.H. - In what can only be described as a wacky, wild Friday the 13th contest, the Dartmouth men's hockey team took a 5-4 victory over Cornell in overtime on Friday night. The Big Green used two goals by Joe Gaudet (Etna, N.H.) and one by his younger brother, Jim Gaudet (Etna, N.H.) to tie the game twice before the elder Gaudet won the game in overtime.

Just 1:05 into the extra-frame Gaudet received a pass from Doug Jones (Marietta, Ga.) and roofed the puck over Scrivens, skimming the crossbar. The goal light went off and Dartmouth began to celebrate. Suddenly referee Alex Dell began shaking the goal off until Bryan Hicks, the second referee came over and said the goal counted and the Big Green won its third game in overtime this season.

Cornell began the game with two quick goals as Joe Devin potted the first goal at 17:34 with Colin Greening adding another one less than three minutes later.

Dartmouth got one back when Rob Pritchard (Burnaby, B.C.) scored with 7:00 left in the frame. Kyle Reeds (St. Louis, Mo.) won the faceoff passing behind the net along the board to Josh Gillam (Peterborough, Ont.) who was waiting to the left of the cage. Gillam shot in front of the net to a waiting Pritchard who put it behind Scrivens for his sixth goal of the season.

A crazy second period had the Big Green taking a 4-3 lead to the break. Eearly in the frame Andrew Owsiak (Moose Jaw, Sask.) almost tied the contest but Cornell netminder Ben Scrivens made the big save.

Dartmouth did tie the contest on a weird goal that gave rookie Jim Gaudet his first collegiate strike. Gaudet just fired the puck down on net and it was going wide but Scrivens put his stick up to try and bat the puck away, instead he carried it down and behind him into the back of the net.

With 3:50 left in the period Dartmouth's goalie Jody O'Neill (Nepean, Ont.) made the initial save and thought he had fallen on the puck but it squeaked out to the Evan Barlow as Cornell took a 3-2 lead.

Less than a minute and a half later the Big Green scored a power play goal that tied the game again. Jones out in front passed to Joe Gaudet to the right of the cage as the junior potted his fifth of the season. Evan Stephens (Bessemer, Mich.) also assisted.

Than at 1:18 Scott Fleming (Plainfield, Ont.) brought the puck down and shot wide as Cornell tried to clear the puck and instead turned it over as Connor Shields (Edmonton, Alta.) was there to put it between Scrivens' legs. Adam Estoclet (Orono, Minn.) also earned an assist.

The Big Red had the lone goal in the third period as Mike Devin had Cornell's only power play strike of the game.

Gaudet's heroics in overtime gave him his sixth goal of the season as Dartmouth is now 13-8-3 overall, 10-5-2 in the ECAC. With the victory the Big Green moves into a tie with Princeton in third place atop the ECAC standings, with 22 points, just one point from Cornell in second and four points from Yale in first.

The loss drops Cornell to 15-5-4, 10-4-3.

Dartmouth will be back in action tomorrow night with a 7:00 pm matchup against Colgate.