MEN’S HOCKEY: Blues and Whites rally to Dartmouth in overtime and fall to 17th place at Harvard

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In their second homestand of the season, the Bulldogs beat the Big Green 3-2 in overtime before losing Saturday night’s game to the Crimson.


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The Yale men’s hockey team (2–7–0, 1–6–0 CEAC) split up their weekend competitions against Ivy League foes Dartmouth (2–8–0, 2–5– 0) and Harvard (6–4–1, 5–2–1).

The weekend started off with the Bulldogs playing the returning kids against Dartmouth, as they came back from a one-goal deficit twice to beat the Big Green 3-2 in overtime. The victory was the Bulldogs’ first conference victory of the season and the team’s second in a row after beating Vermont 4-2 last week.

“Our squad is feeling great,” said defenseman Ryan Conroy ’24 ahead of the Ancient Eight doubles program. “We’re a team that always wants to build on our last game and that’s exactly what we plan to do.”

In Friday night’s 3-2 game, Dartmouth took the reins after a power play goal midway through the first period. The Elis jumped onto the scoreboard seven minutes into the second period after a pass from defenseman Kieran O’Hearn ’25 pierced Dylan Herzog ’25 for a point wrist shot. Invited by winger Reilly Connors ’24 for his first career point, the tally was quickly answered by Dartmouth with a rebounding goal 12 seconds after the throw-in.

The 2-1 deficit was quickly wiped out in the third period as a rebound that seeped into the end zone was scored by center William Dineen ’25 for Yale’s first power-play goal of the year.

“I thought we played a pretty good game all along, but we were behind. The guys stayed with the plan, and stayed with the plan, ”said ’80 head coach Keith Allain. “Our power play scored their first goal of the year, which was a huge contributing factor.”

After the tying goal midway through the third, the Bulldogs began their first overtime of the 2021-22 campaign.

Under NCAA ice hockey overtime rules, teams tied at the end of regulation will engage in a three-on-three game for five minutes. If neither team scores within the allotted time, the match will end in a tie.

After three and a half minutes of play to sudden death, winger Ian Carpentier 24 has established himself as the star of the game and the hero of overtime. The sophomore skater scored his first career goal with a countdown from Conroy through the low lunge. With 21 total saves, goaltender Nathan Reid ’24 claimed his second win in goal.

“One of my teammates, Ryan Conroy, gave me a nice back pass. I didn’t do much, I just banged on it, Carpentier said of his overtime winner. “It was definitely a team victory tonight. We just listened to our coaches, we believed in each other and won, we came from behind. “

With momentum on their side, the Blue and White started the second game of their homestand on the right foot. The Harvard roster, which has a total of 11 NHL draft skaters, suffered a loss to Brown the night before.

In the first two minutes of the game, Yale quickly took the lead. Center Niklas Allain ’24 converted a rebound from the goal post with a quick backhand shot. However, the Bulldogs quickly killed their own momentum with three quick penalties in the first period, and a 17th-ranked Harvard team punished the Elis with four goals in the first period. Of Harvard’s four goals, two were scored on the power play with consecutive penalties by Connors for interference and detention, respectively.

After the transfer of goalkeeper duties from Connor Hopkins ’23 to Luke Pearson ’25, rivals Ancient Eight started the second period with Harvard maintaining a 12-3 lead on shots. After 14 minutes into the second, the Elis reduced the Crimsons’ lead to two with a goal from left winger Cole Donhauser ’23, his second goal of the season.

A snapshot of defenseman Brandon Tabakin ’23 in the left circle beat Harvard goaltender Derek Mullahy with less than three minutes left in regulation for the junior’s first career goal.

Leading the crowd of over 1,600 from their usual seating in the back right corner of the ice rink, the Yale Precision Marching Band rocked the arena as the Bulldogs sought a return.

“Hockey is one of the funniest sports for us,” said Drum Major Alex Wynn ’22. “We don’t have to prepare a lot, we don’t have to go out, stand on the pitch, we can sit and play.”

Unfortunately for the group and the crowd, the celebration never really got off as Harvard froze the game with an empty net to win 5-3.

Despite dropping a game against their old rival, the Bulldogs remain optimistic about their game as they prepare to enter the New Year.

Reflecting on their daring victory over Dartmouth, Carpentier outlined the keys to success for the future of the season.

“I think the guys know their role,” Carpentier said. “If we continue to strengthen each other and play with heart, we can continue to win. “

The Bulldogs will return to action at Ingalls Rink on December 10 to face Brown for the ECAC’s final game in 2021.




TRISHA NGUYEN




Trisha Nguyen covers ice hockey and men’s field hockey as a reporter. Originally from St. Louis, she is a second year student at Saybrook College majoring in molecular, cellular and developmental biology.



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