HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth College’s men’s hockey team came out inspired Saturday after blowing a third-period lead in a loss to St. Lawrence University the previous night.
The Big Green never trailed Clarkson Saturday and defeated the Golden Knights 5-1 before 3,714 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Thompson Arena. Dartmouth outshot the Golden Knights 49-21.
“They had a little bit of an extra step on us,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “We didn’t have our A game tonight. We worked hard and did some things.”
Dartmouth (11-7-2 overall, 7-5-1 ECAC Hockey) led SLU 2-1 after two periods on Friday and then gave up three goals to the Saints Saturday.
The Big Green came out aggressive in Saturday’s game, outshooting Clarkson 18-5 in the first period, but had no goals to show for their effort.
“I thought we were doing a good job of collapsing and helping out in the defensive zones,” Jones said. “We may not have had quite the edge we had (Friday) night.”
Dartmouth finally scored midway through the second period on a shot from Matt Lindblad at 10 minutes, 36 seconds, but held just a 1-0 lead after two, despite a 36-12 edge in shots.
The Big Green extended the lead to 2-0 when Tyler Sikura scored a power-play goal at 3:51.
But Clarkson (5-13-6, 4-6-2) got back in the game at 11:00 of the third period with a goal from Joe Zarbo, who had a hat trick on Friday in a 5-1 win over Harvard.
“He’s natural around the net,” Jones said. “If he gets hot, it’s going to be a good thing for us. He has the ability to control a game.”
Zarbo’s goal gave Clarkson some life, despite being outshot, and may have thrown a scare into Dartmouth after Friday’s blown lead.
“We had good shifts after that,” Jones said. “We had a couple chances too.”
Dartmouth regained a two-goal advantage just 2:54 later with a goal from Eric Robinson and then added two late goals on an empty-netter from Dustin Walsh at 18:57 and a shot from Alex Goodship at 19:24.