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Charles Grant and Eric Neiley Earn All-Ivy Second-Team Honors

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PRINCETON, N.J. – Dartmouth junior Eric Neiley and sophomore Charles Grant were selected as members of the 2013-14 Men’s Hockey All-Ivy League Second Team, the conference office announced Friday morning.

It was the first All-Ivy honor for both the third-year forward and second-year netminder. The two combined to help lead the Big Green to a second-place finish in the Ivy standings with 12 points and a 5-3-2 record.

Neiley was recognized after leading the team in scoring with 13 goals and 23 points in 27 regular season games, setting career highs in both. The Green and White’s leader in scoring from start to finish, Neiley was the most consistent player all season. His game-winning goal against Harvard with 2:41 remaining in regulation helped Dartmouth pick up its first victory of the year on Nov. 30 at Thompson Arena.

Neiley also earned ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors on Jan. 1 after scoring twice and tying his career high of three points against Northeastern in the Consolation game of the 2013 Ledyard Classic.

Overall, Neiley not only led the team in goals (13) and points (23) during the regular season, but also finished first in shorthanded goals (1), power-play goals (4) and shots (86), while second in assists (10) and PIMs (41).

Few players ended the season on the type of run like the one that Grant posted en route to his place on the All-Ivy League Second Team. In six Ivy starts this season, Grant was 4-1-1 with a 1.47 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage.

Grant’s save percentage was the best among conference goaltenders in Ancient Eight games. His GAA ranked second behind only Cornell’s Andy Iles, the Ivy League Player of the Year and first-team selection, while a full half-goal better than third-place Raphael Girard (1.99) of Harvard.

In the month of February as Dartmouth made its late-season push, Grant was the backbone of a team that put together a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1). His 1.18 goals-against average was the second-best figure in the nation, while boasting a .964 save percentage in the month, the best by an NCAA goalie in that time. Grant’s .946 save percentage in road and neutral-site games this season is also the top mark by any netminder in the country during 2013-14.

Both Grant and Neiley will look to help their Dartmouth teammates advance in the ECAC Hockey Tournament for the third straight year this weekend as they take on seventh-seeded Rensselaer in Troy, N.Y.

Andy Iles, Cornell (Sr., G – Ithaca, N.Y.)

Sean Malone, Harvard (Fr., F – West Seneca, N.Y.)
Alex Lyon, Yale (Fr., G – Baudette, Minn.)

Brian Ferlin, Cornell (Jr., F – Jacksonville, Fla.)
Andrew Ammon, Princeton (Sr., F – Aldie, Va.)
Jesse Root, Yale (Sr., F – Pittsburgh, Pa.)*
Dennis Robertson, Brown (Sr., D, Fort St. John, BC)
Joakim Ryan, Cornell (Jr., D – Rumson, N.J.)*
Andy Iles, Cornell (Sr., G – Ithaca, N.Y.)

Matt Lorito, Brown (Jr., F – Oakville, Ont.)
Eric Neiley, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Warminster, Pa.)
Jim Vesey, Harvard (So., F – North Reading, Mass.)
Ken Agostino, Yale (Sr. F – Flanders, N.J.)
Rob O'Gara, Yale (So., D – Nesconset, N.Y.)
Gus Young, Yale (Sr., D – Dedham, Mass.)
Charles Grant, Dartmouth (So., G – Berwick, Nova Scotia)

Nick Lappin, Brown (So., F – Geneva, Ill.)
John McCarron, Cornell (Jr., F – Macomb, Mich.)
Sean Malone, Harvard (Fr. F – West Seneca, N.Y.)
Tyler Steel, Brown (Fr., G – Kelowna, BC)
Raphael Girard, Harvard (Sr., G - Saint–Hyacinthe, Que.)
Alex Lyon, Yale (Fr., G – Baudette, Minn.)

* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in the voting, second team was expanded to seven