No. 11 Big Green Sweeps Brown in Season Series With 4-2 Road Win
The win was just the second on the road this season (2-4-1) for the Big Green with both coming at the Bears' expense. It also pushes their overall record to 10-5-2 and keeps pace in the ECAC Hockey standings with 13 points on a 6-3-1 league record, good for second-place tie with Yale and Princeton.
Dartmouth is now 11-0-1 in the last 12 meetings with Brown, dating back to 2008. This season saw the Green take all three contests, including the non-conference Ivy Shootout game back on Oct. 27.
Junior goaltender Cab Morris turned aside 31 shots in improving to 7-2-1 this season in the Dartmouth net.
Tim O'Brien scored his second of the season at Brown's rink with the game's opening tally. His shot was knocked down slightly by Bears' starting goalie Marco DiFilippo, but the puck managed to slip through the five-hole and over the line, giving the Green a 1-0 lead at 7:31. His first of the year came against Yale in Providence on Oct. 26.
It was the Winnetka, Ill., native's second in the last four outings after tying the game at Quinnipiac in the final minutes on Jan. 4 in Hamden.
After Matt Lorito's league-leading 13th goal of the season tied the game just over 10 minutes later, the Big Green's penalty-kill unit would be called on for the second time as Eric Neiley was whistled for boarding.
That's when Matt Lindblad stepped up and scored his first shorthanded goal since his freshman campaign and eighth of this season. The junior and fellow Winnetka native intercepted a pass at his own blueline to start the breakaway. A move in the slot and some patience with the puck allowed him to wait for DeFilippo's five-hole to open again where he slid a backhand shot through to regain the lead, 2-1.
After Bears' head coach and former Big Green assistant Brendan Whittet pulled DeFilippo in favor of Anthony Borelli to start the second period, junior Eric Robinson scored his team-leading ninth of 2012-13 almost a minute and a half into the frame. Playing the point on the power play, Robinson's shot found space through a sea of traffic out front and into the back of the net beyond the reach of the screened newly-installed netminder.
Robinson's tally was his first since Nov. 16 at Colgate, a fact now forgotten as he leads the team with nine.
Sophomore Brandon McNally scored an empty-netter with 1:05 remaining to seal the win. Brown did not quit down three, scoring a late tally with 9.1 seconds left to make it a two-goal contest.
Another solid effort by the Big Green PK unit solidified the win, killing off all five Brown power plays. The Bears are 0-for-13 with the man-advantage against the team from the Upper Valley this season in the three contests.
Dartmouth will head down I-95 to take on Yale Saturday night at Ingalls Rink. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. between the two teams battling for ECAC Hockey positioning.
NOTES: Senior Dustin Walsh missed his second straight contest as Brad Schierhorn was re-inserted back into the lineup...The game was going to be delayed after Schierhorn broke a pane of glass in warm-ups, but quick work by Brown facilities members kept game time at 7:05 p.m. ...Robinson now has five goals in his last four games played at Meehan Auditorium dating back to last season. He scored once against both Yale and Brown during the Ivy Shootout played in the building in October...An assist on Robinson's goal helped Tyler Sikura push his point streak to nine games, a figure Lindblad reached with his goal in the first.