action:article | category:SPORTS22 | adString:SPORTS22 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » College Sports

March 10. 2014 8:39PM

After big comeback, Dartmouth hockey team gets Union

The Dartmouth College hockey team knew the drill.

Last March, the Big Green lost the opener of a first-round ECAC tournament series, then beat Harvard in two straight games to advance.

Fast forward to this past weekend. Dartmouth lost its first-round opener at Rensselaer Polytechnic, then rallied to win the series in a most improbable fashion. Helped by a pair of Eric Neiley goals, the Big Green won on Saturday night, 3-2, then rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit on Sunday to win the rubber game, 5-4, in Brad Schierhorn’s goal with 2:14 remaining.

Dartmouth had not won a game when trailing after two periods in more than two years. Now, the No. 10 seeds are moving on to the league quarterfinals, at top-seeded Union this coming weekend in another best-of-three series.

Schierhorn’s game-winner was a wrist shot to the top right corner of the net. “After it went in, I looked up at the clock to see how much time was left. Honestly, I just thought about how we had to kill off the rest of it and hold on,” Schierhorn said in a jubilant Big Green locker room following the win. “I was just so excited to be able to put the team on top after everyone worked so hard all night.”

Dartmouth (10-18-4) is fairly hot entering the Union series. The Big Green have gone 6-2-1 over their last nine games after struggling for much of the season. Union, which had a first-round bye, is ranked third in the country.

Schierhorn’s heroics were made possible by the outstanding play of first-liners Eric Neiley, Brandon McNally and Grant Opperman early on in the third. With RPI content to dump the puck deep and hang back, the trio was able to move up the ice and attack goaltender Scott Diebold head on.

Neiley got things started with his third of the series at the 2:10 mark, burying a one-timer from Opperman at the top of the slot. He then set up McNally at 8:48 with a nearly identical shot and the same result, tying the game at 4-4 and quieting the RPI home crowd.

Then Schierhorn went to work, after receiving a perfectly placed saucer pass from Tim O’Brien.

“This team has something special to it. There is no quit in any of the guys in this locker room,” head coach Bob Gaudet said on his 55th birthday. “They wanted to go out and empty the tank in the third period.

“We came out ready to play that period and the goals seemed to correlate with that effort. From our goalie on out, we really wanted this one and I think it gave us a lot of confidence moving forward,” Gaudet said.


 NH Sports Angle Ľ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Chowder Potís entertainment halted by bloody baseball rivalry and liquor liability

Heavyweight great 'Gentleman' Gerry Cooney on dramatic career and the hardest comeback of all

NASCAR: Logano interview makes UNH writerís dream come true

Nashua's Fayne moves from Devils to Oilers

Granite State Pro Stock Series to make debut at Lee Speedway

BRIAN McCLOSKEY

Ex-UNH hockey coach indicted on four charges

Growing up a hazard to golf: Real world claims talent from NHGA

Concord man wins National Javelin Championship at 2014 USA Track & Field Masters Championship

Conway's Locke happy with first half, believes best yet to come for Pirates

Court filing details prosecution's perjury allegations against Aaron Hernandez girlfriend

Is N.H. really home to longest mini golf hole on the planet?

Professional hockey coming to Berlin

van Riemsdyk setting high expectations for pro career

Life changes in an instant: Travis Roy shares story at Frank Monahan Foundation event

Improvements help, but traffic still a problem on race weekend in and around Loudon

Itís show time in Chicago for Dartmouthís Hendricks

State sells Windham golf course site for $3.06M

Ex-minor leaguers sue MLB over low salaries

$14M to beaten Giants fan returns security focus

Matt Bonner and brother bring rock show back to Redhook

GM: Twin State Speedway progressing with revival

Foot golf arrives on Seacoast

New Hampshire's Burns gets more than he could ever ask for

Pro runner's yoga class will raise money for clean Kenyan water

Menard wrecks as New Hampshire testing concludes

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

   Ľ SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

   Ľ ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!