HANOVER ó This time, the University of New Hampshire menís hockey team avoided overtime.

With the game tied at 2-2 in the third period, freshman Joseph Cipollone netted the game-winner, his first collegiate goal, to lift the Wildcats past Granite State rival Dartmouth, 3-2, on Friday night at Thompson Arena.

UNH improved to 3-7-5 overall and avoided a seventh overtime game during the seasonís first half. The Big Green fell to 4-4-1 and will travel to the Whittemore Center to complete a home-and-home series Saturday night at 7.

UNH freshman goalie Ty Taylor recorded his first collegiate victory with 25 saves.

Dartmouth scored the equalizer at 13:06 of the second period, making it 2-2, when Harrison Markell ripped a shot from the blue line and Drew O'Connor was able to redirect the puck into lower stick side of the net.

At 11:03 of the third period,UNH senior Frankie Cefalu took a shot that deflected off of Charley Michalowski, and Cipollone took a one-timed wrist shot from the slot to the lower stick side of the net to make it 3-2.

The Big Green pulled their goalie with 1:05 remaining but the Wildcats held fort.

The Wildcats took the first lead of the game at 4:44 of the first period. Sophomore Max Gildon stole a pass in the Dartmouth zone and then sent the puck to junior Brendan van Riemsdyk, who fired a shot from the slot to the lower glove side.

UNH increased its lead to 2-0 later in the period when Justin Fregona stuffed home a rebound. Junior Liam Blackburn had the initial shot on goal which was saved by Dartmouthís Adrian Clark.

Dartmouth cut the deficit in half with 44 seconds remaining in the first on a big blast by Shane Sellar.

Dartmouth outshot UNH by a 27-16 margin on the night. UNH is now 36-21-3 all-time against the Big Green.