HANOVER, N.H. -
Junior Eric Robinson
snapped a 1-1 tie with 5:45 left in the third period to lift the Dartmouth men's hockey team to a 2-1 win over Brown Saturday night in ECAC Hockey action at Thompson Arena.
The goal was the third game winner of the season for the junior alternate captain who now has five in all this year. The Foxborough, Mass., native is doing it for a Big Green team that improved to 3-0-1 overall with the one-goal victory.
The Bears dropped to 1-3-0 (0-2-0 ECAC Hockey) on the season after opening the year with a win againstPrinceton in last week's Ivy Shootout. But a 3-2 loss to Harvard sandwiched between defeats at the hands of the Green and White has Brown on a three-game slide.
Despite the skid, Bruno looked like a team determined to snap a run of 11 games without a win to Dartmouth. However, Robinson's finishing of a centering pass from sophomore Brandon McNally
pushed the Big Green's record against Brown to 10-0-1 in that stretch.
It was the Bears that jumped on the board first as Massimo Lamacchia found space under the bar and beat Dartmouth goalie Cab Morris
moving post-to-post with a one-timer while on the penalty kill exactly eight minutes into the first.
That would be the only blemish on the night for Morris, who has quietly been putting together a solid resume in 2012-13 through two starts. Finishing the night with 24 saves, Morris now has a goals-against average of 1.44 and a .933 save percentage.
But none of the celebrating at center ice postgame would have been possible were it not for sophomore Eric Neiley
's first of the year late in the second period to pull the two teams even.
Neiley finally had an answer for Brown's Marco De Filippo with 2:02 left in the middle period as his wrist shot from the top of the circles found space through a screen and between the leg pads of the Bears' goalie.
Sophomore Tyler Sikura
picked up an assist and has a team-leading seven points and four helpers thus far.Senior captain Mike Keenan
was also credited with an assist, his first point of 2012-13.
Until then, De Filippo looked solid in goal, stopping everything that Dartmouth could throw on him in an attempt to tie the game.
Now 3-0-1 overall, the Big Green are off to its best start in nearly a decade. The last time Dartmouth began the regular season without a loss through four games was in 2003-04 when the team went 2-0-2 and was 4-0-3 through its first seven.
Next week marks another tough home slate for the Green and White as RPI and Union make the trip to the Upper Valley. The Dutchmen just completed a two-game sweep of the Engineers in a home-and-home series this past weekend. Both Friday and Saturday games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.
For the second season in a row, Dartmouth swept it ECAC Hockey home-opening weekend after knocking off Quinnipiac, 5-4, and Princeton, 5-3, to start 2011-12...The win was the 75th against Brown in the all-time series between the two programs as the Big Green now hold a 75-63-8 advantage...Robinson has scored all three game-winning goals this year after notching just one in each of his first two seasons. In the last two years, the team's season-ending leader in GWG has had three, a figure Robinson has matched in just four games.