Despite outshooting Dartmouth 35-21, the No. 5 University of New Hampshire men's hockey team couldn't outscore the Big Green as the two teams played to a 1-1 tie Wednesday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in "The Battle for the RiverStone".
Dartmouth sophomore goalie Dan Yacey was named the RiverStone Player of the Game, making his first start of the season stopping 34 shots, while New Hampshire netminder Mike Ayers had 20 saves.
The Big Green jumped on the scoreboard first when sophomore forward Nathan Szymanski tallied the first points of his career when he beat Ayers at the 4:38 mark in the opening frame on helpers from freshman Garret Overlock and sophomore Joe Gaul.
The Wildcats (14-4-3) tied the contest when sophomore Sean Collins found the back of the net at 13:25 in the second period. Junior defenseman Mike Lubesnick and sophomore Tyson Teplitsky registered assists on the Collins goal.
The Wildcats had nearly half of their 35 shots in the second period with 16, but had just 10 in the third and fourth periods combined. Dartmouth (9-6-1) had 16 shots after the first two periods, but could muster just six in the third and overtime.
Each team failed to convert on any of its power plays- New Hampshire was 0 for 4, while the Big Green finished 0 for 3.
The meeting was the 44th in the all-time series, but just the second time the game resulted in a tie.
Dartmouth next takes the ice against Vermont at home at 7 p.m. on Jan. 18, while New Hampshire faces Massachusetts at the Whittemore Center on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.