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Hockey East roundup: Vermont falls to I-89 rival Dartmouth in match-up of former ECAC travel partners

Dartmouth 4, Vermont 2
Rookie Yvan Pattyn's pair of goals was not enough as the visiting Vermont Catamounts saw their four-game winning streak against the No. 10 Dartmouth Big Green snapped in a 4-2 decision on Wednesday night at Thompson Arena. The rookie from St. Anne, Manitoba was responsible for both UVM goals as it fell to Dartmouth for the first time in four games in what has been an annual meeting since 1977 between the two former ECAC rivals, travel partners, and Interstate 89 institutions. Each of the last 11 meetings in the all-time series, which now sits 47-23-5 for the Cats, have been decided by two goals or less. The visitors nearly doubled up the shot chart with a 32-17 advantage, however, the Green was able to improve to a perfect 6-0-0 on home ice in Hanover, N.H. this season. DC got on the board first as senior captain Mike Keenan, a Catholic Memorial product and South Weymouth, Mass. native, scored just 2:33 into the contest, but senior and Montreal Canadiens draft choice Dustin Walsh scored twice on his own in the next three goals to secure the victory and a second-career multi-goal game. Opposing UVM rookie Brody Hoffman (13 saves) in the Big Green net was fellow freshman Charles Grant, who made 30 saves, including 12 in the final period, for his third win in the first five decisions. UVM takes ten days off before getting to work in Canton, N.Y. one week from Saturday against St. Lawrence.

Thursday night in Hockey East, new No. 1-ranked New Hampshire hosts No. 7 Boston University at Whittemore Center at 7 p.m. The Wildcats already clinched the season series with a 3-1 win at Agganis Arena on Nov. 18 and will seek just their second-ever sweep of the always tightly contested set, first since 2007-08. After splitting with previously top-ranked Boston College last weekend, BU will be facing the nation's No. 1 in in three straight games for the first time since defeating Michigan State in a best-of-three series in East Lansing in the 1990 NCAA quarterfinals.