Jan. 22, 2009

Courtesy of Dartmouth

WORCESTER, Mass. - Despite taking the lead in the third period, the Dartmouth men's hockey was unable to hold off a hard charging Holy Cross squad, as the Crusaders came back to tie the game at 2-2 as the Big Green is now 10-7-1 on the season.

After a scoreless first period the Dartmouth men's hockey team took a 1-0 lead on Holy Cross midway through the second frame. Doug Jones (Marietta, Ga.) lit the lamp for the Big Green as the freshman received a pass from Andrew Owsiak (Moose Jaw, Sask.) at 7:33, firing over netminder Adam Roy's shoulder for the 1-0 lead. Peter Boldt (Greenwich, Conn.) also assisted.

Dartmouth had some penalty trouble in the early goings but its penalty killing unit was up to task as the Big Green killed off six penalties through the first two periods to prevent the Crusaders from notching a power play goal.

Holy Cross tied the contest early in the third period when Marty Dams fired on goalie Jody O'Neill (Nepean, Ont.). O'Neill made the save but the puck trickled between his legs for the tie.

Just two minutes later Josh Gillam (Peterborough, Ont.) gave Dartmouth the lead back off an assisted strike by Connor Shields (Edmonton, Alta.).

A Crusaders power play goal at 13:00 by Andrew Cox tied the contest again. Cox took a shot from the point that sailed past O'Neill. Late in the frame the Big Green managed to get several shots on Roy during its own extra man advantage but couldn't take the lead.

Gillam almost converted on a Connor Goggin (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) pass with less than a minute to play but the junior couldn't get the puck around the post. Jones won the faceoff with 30 seconds left as Owsiak got a quick shot off but was unable to score as the two teams went to overtime.

Two shots on the power play early in the extra frame had Dartmouth pressuring Roy as the Big Green recorded three shots in the overtime period. The two teams ended tied in shots with 32.

Dartmouth will be back in action on Sunday, Jan. 25 in an ESPNU game against Harvard in ECAC Hockey action. Game time is planned for 4:00 pm.