HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's hockey coaching staff knew that they had a strong freshmen class this season when they first took to the ice in October. With the 2011-12 regular season in the rearview mirror, fans of the Big Green, as well as the rest of ECAC Hockey, can see just how right those coaches were.
The class of 2015 came to Hanover and has made an immediate impact on the program.
No other group of freshmen in ECAC Hockey this season have scored more goals against league opponents than the 25 netted by Dartmouth's first-year players.
No other freshman scored more goals in conference play than Brandon McNally's (Saugus, Mass.) 10 during the regular season.
McNally, who actually missed a conference contest this season, finished the year strong with six goals in the final six games to take the top goal-scoring mark amongst all ECAC Hockey rookies.
Teammate Tyler Sikura (Aurora, Ontario) was tied for second in the league in goals by a freshman as he netted seven during his first regular season as a member of the Big Green.
In all, seven Dartmouth freshmen recorded points this season, tied for the best figure in ECAC Hockey.
Those seven players combined to score 61 total points (25g/36a), which is nearly 24 points better than the league average (37.33) for the 12 teams' freshmen classes.
Dartmouth's 1.14 goals per league game from its rookies was also the only figure over 1.00 this season.
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