Men’s Hockey: Dartmouth pulls away late to down Cadets 3-1

Men’s Hockey: Dartmouth pulls away late to down Cadets 3-1

HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth's Brandon McNally tallied two power play goals in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and help lead the Big Green to a 3-1 win over the Norwich men's ice hockey team in a rare Division I/Division III cross-over exhibition matchup on Sunday at Thompson Arena.

The Cadets held their own for a majority of the contest and even won the shot battle 17-13 over the Big Green. However, penalties finally proved to be NU's undoing as Dartmouth finally converted on the power play after going 0-for-5 prior to McNally's back-to-back tallies.

McNally broke the tie 3:52 into the third period when he slipped home a rebound past a sprawled out Parker Carroll after the Norwich sophomore goaltender made an initial save on a shot from Tyler Sikura.

The Dartmouth freshman forward from Saugus, Mass. struck again just past the midway point of the third period when he scored five seconds into a power play after Norwich's Chris Paquet was whistled for a tripping penalty.

Dartmouth drew first blood with a goal from freshman Eric Neiley at the 14:31 mark of the first period. Neiley put home a loose puck in the crease after Carroll made an initial save on Charlie Mosey's shot from the blue line. However, Carroll couldn't find the puck in time before Neiley swooped in and lit the lamp.

Norwich rallied to tie the game up late in the second period when junior forward Tory Allan beat Dartmouth goalie Jody O'Neill with a wrist shot through traffic from the top of the left face-off circle with an assist from senior captain Shawn Baker. Allan's goal came on the power play after junior Kyle Thomas was slashed while racing toward the net by Dartmouth's Mike Keenan.

Carroll made 10 saves for Norwich while Dartmouth split the three periods evenly between James Mello, Jody O'Neill and Cab Morris. Morris picked up the win after stopping six shots in the third stanza for the Big Green.

Norwich was 1-for-4 on the power play and Dartmouth was 2-for-8.

The Cadets return to action next Sunday when they host Trois-Rivieres in another exhibition matchup. Face off is slated for 3 p.m. at Kreitzberg Arena.

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