HANOVER, N.H. - UConn sophomore Carter Turnbull (Nanaimo, British Columbia) scored twice in the third period but Dartmouth erased a two-goal deficit to come away with a 4-3 win in the championship game of the 31st Ledyard Classic at Thompson Arena.
Dartmouth's Quin Foreman scored a pair for the Big Green including the game-winner with 3:34 left in the third period to earn tournament MVP honors. UConn's Turnbull and sophomore Alexander Payusov (Montreal, Quebec) earned spots on the all-tournament team.
After a scoreless first period, the two teams traded second period goals to set up a wild third period finish. Turnbull scored twice in the span of 42 seconds to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead. Dartmouth started their comeback with a goal from Drew O'Connor at 6:49 and then tied it at 9:38 as Sam Hesler got a goal after a review.
Foreman provided the game-winner for the Big Green at 16:26, causing a turnover, racing up ice and burying it for his second of the night. Dartmouth's Adrian Clark and the defense made it hold up down the stretch, keeping the Huskies off the board for the final 1:48. Clark finished with 41 saves.
Husky sophomore Ruslan Iskhakov (Moscow, Russia) scored a shorthanded goal in the second period, his fifth goal on the season. Sophomore goaltender Tomas Vomacka (Trutnov, Czech Republic) made 23 saves in the loss.
The Huskies outshot Dartmouth, 44-27, while both teams were 1-for-5 on the power play.
The two teams played a scoreless first period with the Huskies holding a 12-5 edge on the shot chart, including putting three off the pipe. The Big Green came up empty on their two power play chances in the first.
Dartmouth ended the scoreless drought at the 13:36 mark as Foreman ripped one off a face-off for a 1-0 lead. O'Connor took the face-off in the Huskies zone back to Foreman who ripped a shot into the top-right corner for a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies went on the penalty kill late in the period but came up with a shorthanded goal as Iskakov chipped a puck out of the zone, chased it down and got a break-away chance, beating Clark with a fake to his backhand, and then finishing at the left post to tie it at 1-1 with four seconds to play in the period.
Turnbull got his first of the night to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead at 4:40. On the power play, the Big Green failed to clear the zone and freshman Vladislav Firstov (Yaroslavl, Russia) carried into the slot area and fed Turnbull cutting to the post who beat the goalie with a backhand.
The sophomore scored his second of the night just 42 seconds later, his sixth of the season, to put UConn up 3-1. Off an in-zone face-off, senior Benjamin Freeman (Falmouth, Maine) won it back to freshman defenseman Harrison Rees (Oakville, Ontario) who fired on goal. Turnbull got to the front of the net and got a redirection for a 3-1 lead at 5:22.
Dartmouth started their comeback at 6:49 as O'Connor scored his seventh of the year, scoring unassisted after carrying it up the ice and getting one past Vomacka, who made the initial stop but the rebound snuck behind the goaltender. On their final power play chance of the night, the Big Green came up with the tying goal after a review was needed to confirm the puck crossed the line. After a save and scrum in front of Vomacka, Hesler jammed the puck just under Vomacka. On the ice it was called no goal but after a review, the call was reversed.
Foreman got the game-winning goal at 16:26, forcing a turnover off a face-off in the UConn zone then breaking up the right side and beating Vomacka to the glove side for his fifth on the season and a 4-3 lead.
The Huskies will return home to the XL Center on Friday night, January 3 to play host to the Northeastern Huskies in a Hockey East match-up.