BG hosts a rare Thursday night game vs Bentley and ends up in a 2-2 tie. However, coming off a big upset over Cornell, this would be considered a lost. Actually, Bentley might have been the better team especially better offensive flow with crisper passes. Top line did not dominate and thus was held in check as Forman struggled with his hands. Luckily the second line came through with both goals. The bottom six has to help out a bit. Clark was solid but the team D gave up a lot of chances and that first goal on the PK was just too easy...diagonally through the box for a one-timer. You could have driven a truck through there.
Onto Northeastern and hopefully better play!
Seems like BG play to the (pairwise) level of their opponent. And they're not good enough to do that: if they're not at their best, teams like Bentley steal points--or would, if points were on the line as opposed to it being a non-conference game. Either way, it's not a game Dartmouth should lose, at home yet, and they did: twice now in the last 3.
That said, would playing Northeastern tight and even beating them away be a shock? Given the multiple personalities Dartmouth possesses, I don't think it really would, though Northeastern has to be the favorite, of course.
Too many penalties last night. I listened to the stream and haven't watched it yet so I don't know how legit they all were. But 8 PPs against I don't think is due to the refs.
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Can someone tell me why Bentley's original second goal was called back, as from where we were sitting the puck appeared to be completely over the line in the net behind the Dartmouth goalie, who did not appear to know where the puck was. No whistle had been called at that point. Was offsides called in review?
I don't believe it was ruled a goal on the ice,but close enough to be reviewed. I was in section 12 right behind the net and thought it was a goal but Clark quickly got the puck under his pad and I am sure that the camera angle was not very good
BG loses to NE in which their PK gets pierced, giving up three PP goals. Point-blankly, this was not a good showing by BG. When Sam Hesler is your best player, you are in no trouble and that is definitely no disrespect to Sam as he provides energy, spunk, willingness to shoot and go to the net despite his size. Yes, I am referring to the lack of output from the top line as they look like a disjointed mess now. Graber must have been hurt because I did not see him for the second half of the game. However while he was in that line was ineffective. Props to the second and third line for picking up the slack, maybe their N/S style and lunch pail mentality is the way to go.
BG's PK flat out sucks! Their box and/or diamond is dissected like a biology experiment. I guess they did not learn from Thursday and that's troubling...the ability to adapt! They left Clark hung out to dry. If I was Clark, I would let them have it. Maybe it's personnel I do not know but they had better fix it. And this starts by staying out of the box.
BG let's put this in the rear-view mirror and learn and move on to Ledyard!
They were shorthanded 14 times over the past 2 games. Unacceptable, and I don't care how bad officiating may have been (didn't think it was yesterday, looked bad on Thursday), that's on Dartmouth. A team that has been very disciplined the last couple of years--and most of this one--hasn't been. They're not good enough to play a man down for 10-16 minutes a night (or a little less, since those PP's have ended early due to conceding PPG).
The top line has been invisible since coming back from Thanksgiving. I noticed same as you: Graber left the game halfway through and did not return. He'd been playing through to start the season--I don't know what exactly--so I hope it's not something that re-aggrivated it. Then again he's been so inconsistent I wonder if maybe a line shakeup would be a good thing. Problem is I'd hate to take Baker away from Losurdo and Warpecha because they've been the best line! So who, then? Hesler? Rutherford? If Graber isn't up to his full potential, that's a big problem in the middle.
We'll see what the Ledyard brings. Very winnable tournament for Dartmouth. That said, I bet they don't win it because they lose too many games they should win.
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I know it's still early for the BG but they are hard to figure out! Regardless, they rarely hit stride until later in the season!
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Last edited by GreenBear; 12-16-2019 at 06:04 PM.
We will now be better able to see what kind of team the BG is...contender or pretender as they start play in the back half! This usually their best hockey, mostly a by-product of starting a month later (all Ivies) than most programs. And it starts with the Ledyard Classic as Colorado College, U Conn, and St. Lawrence invades Hanover.
BG is in the "finals" based on their convincing 5-2 victory over CC. Haven't seen CC and being in the NCHC, I would have thought they would have been much stronger! It looked like O'Connor had his skating legs as he showed why he is such a great prospect centering a line of with Gallant and Forman. I am assuming Graber is still on the mend and/or sit as he was a scratch. Gallant does a lot of the dirty work such as going to the net, net presence, puck retrievals...he did look good out there. Baker was his usual self, balls out action and was rewarded. The team D looked good and Clark was solid with one awesome glove save when the game was close.
Let's gooooo BG vs UConn!
I too was impressed with the play of Gallant!! CC didn't have much heart out there only #34 seemed like he came to play
Another PPG, too...two I think. That's been huge, as Dartmouth has been awful in that department for the last few years. A competent PP really may be the difference between a realistic shot at Lake Placid and another 2nd round ouster.
I love how Baker gets the better of most hits with guys much larger than he is. Berzola played well defensively for CC, but I also recall he tried to run Baker and ended up being the one to fall down, while Baker kept going and set up a goal soon after.
Congrats Dartmouth Big Green fans!!
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