HANOVER, N.H. - Senior Jody O'Neill (Nepean, Ontario) of the Dartmouth men's hockey team has been named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for his stellar play this past weekend in the team's first-round series at St. Lawrence.
O'Neill was instrumental in helping the Big Green win a road playoff series for the first time in program history as he put together back-to-back games of 30 or more saves to sweep the Saints out of the postseason.
In Game 1, O'Neill stopped 30 shots from St. Lawrence skaters, including 12 in the final period to hold on for the win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
The following night saw O'Neill stand on his head, making 38 saves to earn the win and clinch the series for the Big Green. The senior netminder stopped 30 shots in the final two periods alone as the Saints made a desperate push to tie the game and extend their season.
Included in those 38 saves were several of significance. Twice O'Neill went post-to-post to rob a St. Lawrence forward of a one-timer on the doorstep with the glove. Midway through the third period and with the home team sending all five players crashing to the net, O'Neill made two left pad saves through traffic to keep Dartmouth out in front.
He finished the weekend stopping 68 of the 72 shots he faced for a league-best .944 save percentage. His goals-against average in the two games was an impressive 2.01 in nearly 120 minutes of action.
The last Big Green goaltender to post consecutive games of 30 or more saves in a single playoff series was Mike Devine '08 against Cornell in the first two contests of the 2008 ECAC Hockey First Round.
Despite being named the ECAC Hockey and Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2008-09, O'Neill has never been named the conference's goaltender of the week.
O'Neill and the Big Green are back in action this weekend as they travel to Ithaca, N.Y., for the 2012 ECAC Hockey Championship Quarterfinals to take on Cornell at Lynah Rink. Games 1 and 2 are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. with a Game 3 (if necessary) set for Sunday night.