Dartmouth sweeps North Country teams for 1st time

Dartmouth finally broke through a barrier, as they swept the North Country teams for the first time since the current travel partner schedule started in the mid-80’s. The 3-1 win tonight over Clarkson, combined with last night’s 5-3 win over St. Lawrence, gave Dartmouth its first four-point weekend against the duo. The closest Dartmouth had come previously was in January of 1988, when they tied Clarkson 4-4 before beating SLU 5-4 in an OT period that featured a bench-clearing brawl at the end.

It was an extremely ugly game for the most part, with the only scoring in the first 55 minutes coming off a 190-footer from behind Clarkson’s own goal line that dipped as it was nearing Boucher and snuck between his pads and into the net to give them the 1-0 lead. Dartmouth rallied late in the 3rd and finally broke through as Jarrett Sampson knocked home a Pete Summerfelt rebound. Dartmouth would take the lead while on a delayed penalty situation when Mike Oullette deflected a Sean Offers shot from the point into the net. Mike Murray would add an empty-netter to ice it for the team. Both teams were scoreless with the man advantage, as Dartmouth went 0-5 while Clarkson went 0-3 on the PP.

Dartmouth improves to 14-10-1 (10-8-0) with just four games remaining in the regular season. They remain in a tie for fourth place in the conference with Brown and Union, and trail Yale by 4 points for 3rd place. The team concludes its home schedule this coming weekend with Harvard on Friday and Brown on Saturday. Dartmouth is currently 11-2-0 at Thompson arena this season, with two wins next weekend assuring them home ice in the playoffs and keeping them in contention for that all-important #4 seed and the accompanying 1st round bye.

Friday:

St. Lawrence 3 @ Dartmouth 5

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Saturday:

Clarkson 1 @ Dartmouth 3

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