HANOVER, N.H. – It took just 4:08 into the preseason for the Dartmouth men’s hockey team to find its rhythm offensively, jumping out to an early lead and cruising to a 7-2 win over visiting Ontario I.T. Friday night at Thompson Arena.
It was newly appointed captain Tyler Sikura who got the Big Green on the board first, finishing a 2-on-1 passing play with linemate sophomore Brad Schierhorn and setting the tone for the rest of the evening.
Junior Charlie Mosey, who has just two regular-season goals in 47 career games netted a pair of unassisted tallies in the tilt with the Ridgebacks. His first was a rocket of a wrist shot from the top of the circles after collecting a loose puck in the neutral zone and breaking into the zone 6:33 into the opening frame.
His second of the night came on a partial breakaway, knocking in his own rebound on the initial shot for a 5-1 lead at 15:19 of the middle frame.
For Mosey, it was the second straight preseason game in which he scored a pair of goals, having found the back of the net twice in a 4-1 win against Ritten Renon to wrap up the team’s European trip in early September.
In between the Mosey’s markers, sophomore Ryan Bullock’s one-timer from the point on the power play and freshman Grant Opperman’s nifty backhand in tight quarters at the top of the crease helped the Green and White open things up in the first 40 minutes.
Schierhorn picked up his third assist of the night when he helped set up Brett Patterson 5:05 into the third. Patterson made the switch from forward to defense this season in a hybrid role and wasted little time in making his impact felt, finding space in the crowded slot in which he was able to slip a seeing-eye wrist shot into the back of the net for a five-goal Dartmouth lead.
Schierhorn also was credited with a helper along with Patterson on Bullock’s blast.
Mosey earned his third point of the night with a beautiful pass to freshman Kyle Nickerson on a 2-on-1 passing play 14:10 into the third, putting the game too far out of reach for the Ridgebacks to make it a close affair. Nickerson redirected the puck along the ice and into the open net as the threat of a hat trick goal drew the goal too far to the right towards Mosey for him to slide back and deny Nickerson’s bid.
A trio of goaltenders saw action for the Big Green with senior Cab Morris getting the start and turning aside six shots in the opening period. Sophomores James Kruger and Charles Grant followed in the subsequent frames, making seven and eight saves, respectively.
The visitors got goals from Nate Mitton and Jake Logan, while Jesse Raymond was the starter in goal and was saddled with the loss despite making 10 saves in the first period.
The Big Green will open up the 2013-14 regular season next Friday, Oct. 25 against Princeton at 7:05 p.m. as part of the Liberty Invitational in Newark, N.J., The two-day event will be held at the Prudential Center, home to the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League and will also feature Brown (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and defending national champion Yale.