ALBANY, N.Y. – Thanks to his five-point weekend at Rensselaer in the first round of the 2014 ECAC Hockey Championship, Dartmouth junior Eric Neiley has been named the conference Player of the Week as announced Tuesday afternoon.
Neiley was instrumental in the 10th-seeded Big Green’s upset of the seventh-seeded Engineers. The Warminster, Pa., native scored two goals in Saturday’s Game 2 victory, including the game winner on a beautiful toe drag at the top of the circles with 6:14 remaining in regulation to force Sunday’s deciding third contest.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the third period, Dartmouth looked to its leading scorer for a late-game push. Neiley delivered, scoring 2:10 into the final frame to cut the deficit to one. Just six and a half minutes later, the first-line center found Brandon McNally alone in the slot for a one-timer to tie the game at 4-4.
Neiley finished the weekend with three goals and two helpers.
Currently this season, Neiley has established new career highs in goals (16), assists (12) and points (28). He leads the team in scoring, goals and power-play tallies (5), while his 12 assists rank second only to McNally (14).
This is the second time this year that Neiley has been named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week after taking home the honor on Jan. 1 for his play in the Ledyard Classic. He was named the Rookie of the Week once during his freshman season of 2011-12 as well and was tabbed a Second-Team All-Ivy League selection last Friday.
In addition to Neiley, Yale’s Alex Lyon was named the Goaltender of the Week, while rookie recognition went to St. Lawrence’s Eric Sweetman.