PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior Eric Robinson scored a power-play goal with 3:04 left in the third period to help the Dartmouth men's hockey team tie Yale, 2-2, in the first game of the 2012 Ivy Shootout at Brown's Meehan Auditorium Friday afternoon.
It was the season opener for both teams.
After a scoreless overtime period, the Big Green advanced to the championship contest with a 2-0 shootout victory. The tie snapped a 10-game slide against the Bulldogs for the Green and White, dating back to February 23, 2008 (W, 7-2).
Playing with the man-advantage for a full five minutes after a late boarding call resulted in a game misconduct for Yale's Carson Cooper, Robinson finally got on the board after being denied three previous times on the doorstep.
A centering feed from sophomore Tyler Sikura stationed at the right post through the top of the blue paint found a streaking Robinson charging hard at the net from the opposite faceoff dot. His one-time shot beat the outstretched glove of Bulldogs' goalie Nick Maricic for the equalizer with just 20 seconds left on the major power play. Matt Lindblad also had a helper on the play, sending the puck to Sikura from the nearside halfboards.
Robinson ended the scoring late in the third, but it was freshman Tim O'Brien opening the night with his first collegiate goal just 2:53 into the first.
The Winnetka, Ill., native collected a puck along the halfboards and made a quick move by a defender, beating Maricic with a snapshot just under the bar for the 1-0 lead.
Yale's Antoine Laganiere took his team on his back for the middle period, scoring twice on shots in the low slot. Both Laganiere tallies were assisted by Clinton Bourbonais.
Junior Cab Morris was strong in the first start of 2012-13, turning aside 18 shots, including a huge kick save with the left pad in the overtime period.
Dartmouth controlled much of the game, possessing the puck in its offensive end for long stretches throughout the contest and forcing Maricic to make 35 stops. For the game, the Big Green outshot the Bulldogs, 37-20, and held Yale to 0-for-3 on the power play as the penalty killers played well in the season opener.
Goals from sophomores Sikura and Eric Neiley, coupled with a missed shot and a glove save from Morris at the other end gave Dartmouth the shootout win to advance to Saturday's championship game against Brown at 7 p.m. after the Bears knocked off Princeton, 2-1, in Friday's late contest.
These two teams will play again next Friday night in Hanover at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Tim O'Brien became the first Dartmouth freshman to score the team's first goal of the year since Evan Stephens did it at Vermont 3:19 into the second period to open the 2007-08 season with assists from classmates Adam Estoclet and Matt Reber...Robinson led all players in the game with seven shots on goal, including one that missed by mere inches so much so that the goal light behind the net went off and the arena's in-house sound system began playing music. He made up for it with the late game-tying goal.
Sikura - GOAL Ward - Save
Neiley - GOAL Agostino - Miss