Michael Biega has four goals and four assists in the last five games (photo courtesy Steve Babineau).
HANOVER, N.H.—Andrew Owsiak scored 97 seconds into overtime to clinch a 2-1 win for No. 18 Dartmouth Saturday night at Thompson Arena, keeping the Big Green alive in its ECAC Hockey Championship quarterfinal series against the Harvard men's hockey team.
Owsiak's goal countered Michael Biega's third-period, game-tying tally, snapped Harvard's six-game win streak and spoiled a 25-save performance by Ryan Carroll for the 10th-seeded Crimson (12-20-1). James Mello made 25 saves for the third-seeded Big Green (17-11-3). The teams will meet in a deciding third game Sunday at 4 p.m.
Dartmouth's Adam Estoclet scored the only goal of the first two periods, but Michael Biega netted the equalizer at 11:12 of the third. Playing with a man advantage, Chris Huxley fired a shot from the point, and Alex Killorn tipped it off the right post. Biega hopped on the rebound, waited for his chance and beat Mello low.
The Crimson got off to the better start in overtime, with Killorn ripping a wrist shot over the crossbar on the first shift and Conor Morrison logging the first shot of the overtime. Mello covered the rebound, and Dartmouth won the ensuing faceoff. Owsiak rushed up ice and sent a shot toward net from wide on the right side. The puck hit a skate and found the top right corner.
Dartmouth owned a 27-25 shots edge and was scoreless on five power plays. Harvard was 1 for 4.
Harvard registered five of the game's first seven shots and threatened on the power play, when Killorn's redirection of a Huxley shot forced a glove save and a defender blocked Daniel Moriarty's shot from right in front. Later in the period, Mello got a blocker on Marshall Everson's shot from a two-on-one rush.
Dartmouth failed to score on its lone power play of the frame, with Carroll saving Connor Goggin's point shot through traffic. Estoclet would later strike at even strength, putting a wrist shot from the right circle into the top left corner at 13:56. Each team logged nine first-period shots.
Neither team found the back of the net in the second period. Harvard's best chance came nearly seven minutes into the frame. Mello stopped Luke Greiner after a feed from Danny Fick and then got in front of Moriarty's rebound attempt at the left post. Carroll, meanwhile, made 11 second-period saves as the Big Green held an 11-9 shots advantage in the frame.
Dartmouth got off to a strong start in the third period, notching the first five shots of the frame. Carroll held the Big Green at bay, and the Crimson outshot the Big Green, 6-1, over the rest of regulation.