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Men's Hockey: First Round News and Notes

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By Mark Washburn
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HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's hockey team will be back in action this weekend against Cornell in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals starting Friday at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. All three games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts with a Game 3 Sunday night in necessary.

Here is a look back at some of the news and notes from this past weekend's series win over St. Lawrence in Canton, N.Y.


  • The two victories marked the first time in program history that Dartmouth went on the road in a postseason series and came out winners.
  • St. Lawrence had not lost a home playoff series since falling to Harvard in three games in 1996 and had never been swept at Appleton Arena in a postseason series in program history.
  • Senior goaltender Jody O'Neill (Nepean, Ontario) stopped 68 of 72 shots he faced over the weekend, earning his second and third wins of the season at Appleton Arena.
    • This was the second time this season that O'Neill had back-to-back games of 30-plus saves. He stopped 36 at Princeton (Feb. 2) and a season-high 38 saves at Quinnipiac (Feb. 3).
    • O'Neill had 30 saves in the opener and 38 on Saturday night, including 30 in the final two periods.
  • The last Dartmouth goaltender to record back-to-back 30-save performances in a single postseason series was Mike Devine '08 in Games 1 and 2 against Cornell in the first round of the 2008 ECAC Hockey Tournament.
    • Devine stopped 31 shots in the opener, before making 40 saves in the 5-3 Game 2 victory.
  • Freshman Eric Neiley (Warminster, Pa.) scored his second game-winning goal of the season with his third-period tally to break a 3-3 tie in Game 1. Neiley's goal came with 8:45 left in regulation and sparked a late-game push by the Big Green that built the lead to three in the waning minutes.
  • The line of Neiley, sophomore Matt Lindblad (Winnetka, Ill.) and freshman Tyler Sikura (Aurora, Ontario) combined for eight points (3g/5a) this weekend, including both game winners.
  • Senior Nick Walsh (Shannonville, Ontario) scored the first goal of the weekend, 19:08 into the first period Friday night. His empty netter 19:03 into the third period on Saturday sealed the win for the Big Green. Walsh finished tied for the team lead in points (2g/1a) in the two games.
  • The Big Green were the only team to sweep its first-round opponent this weekend as all three other series went to decisive Game 3's Sunday night.
  • Dartmouth and St. Lawrence played five times this season with the inclusion of the two-game series. The program record for most games played against an opponent in a single season is six (3-3 vs. Vermont in 2004-05), a figure that could have been matched had the series gone to Sunday.

2011-12 vs. St. Lawrence: 3-1-1
-   Nov. 18 in Canton - Dartmouth wins, 3-1*
-   Dec. 31 in Hanover - Tie, 2-2 (SLU wins shootout, 3-2)#
-   Feb. 25 in Hanover - St. Lawrence wins, 3-1*
-   March 2 in Canton - Dartmouth wins, 6-3^ (Lead Series 1-0)
-   March 3 in Canton - Dartmouth wins, 4-1^ (Wins Series 2-0)
* - ECAC Hockey Contest    # - Ledyard Classic Championship  ^ - ECAC Hockey First Round

  • Freshman defenseman Andy Simpson (Chesterfield, Mo.) picked the perfect time to score his first career goal, doing so 4:27 into Game 2 to give the Big Green the early 1-0 lead.
  • Junior defenseman and team captain Mike Keenan (South Weymouth, Mass.) set a new career high with three assists in Friday's game, including a helper on Neiley's game winner.
  • Maligned much of the season, the Dartmouth penalty kill stepped up in a big way against the Saints. The Big Green PK unit was 10-for-10 over the two games, including holding the home team to an 0-for-6 showing with the man-advantage on Friday night.
    • Dartmouth's penalty kill was the only unit in the league to not surrender a power-play goal during the first round of action.
  • If Simpson's goal was good timing, junior Jason Bourgea's (South Burlington, Vt.) second of the season, 13:29 into the third period of Game 1, was great timing. Bourgea's first non-empty net goal of the year came off the faceoff with the third-year winger firing a low shot off in the inside of goaltender Matt Weninger's left skate in the St. Lawrence goal. Freshman Charlie Mosey (Prior Lake, Minn.) won the draw and picked up an assist.
  • Lindblad's two goals over the weekend marked the first time this season that the sophomore found the back of the net in consecutive games.
  • Senior Doug Jones (Marietta, Ga.) scored twice this weekend to push his point streak to six games (4g/4a). Both were third-period markers and gave his team leads of 3-2 (Friday) and 3-1 (Saturday).
    • Jones now has 107 career points (29g/78a) to rank tied for 23rd all-time at Dartmouth. His 78 assists have him eighth all-time.
  • Dartmouth's freshman class had nine points on the weekend (2g/7a). The seniors added seven points on five goals and two assists.
  • The Saints and Big Green had never met in a postseason series prior to this year, playing only twice before in single-elimination play (2001 Semifinals and 2007 Third-Place Game) with the Saints taking both games.
  • The six goals Friday matched the team's best single-game scoring output of the season (three times).
  • The last time Dartmouth swept a road weekend was Nov. 12-13, 2010 when it defeated Clarkson (7-1) and St. Lawrence (6-1).
  • The Big Green pushes its streak of consecutive wins at Appleton Arena to six games. Its last loss in Canton came on Feb. 21, 2009, when this senior class were freshmen.