PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Making his first career start in goal, freshman Charles Grant turned aside all 24 shots he faced for a shutout of Brown Saturday night at Meehan Auditorium, 4-0. The win helped the Big Green (1-0-1) take the 2012 Ivy Shootout title for the first time since the weekend tournament began three years ago.
In a game that was filled with unusual moments, Grant's play in the Dartmouth goal was the steady factor that helped his team to its first win of the 2012-13 campaign. The Green and White skated to a 2-2 tie with Yale Friday night, but advanced to the championship tilt with a shootout win over the Elis.
Despite being ECAC Hockey foes, Saturday's game with Brown (1-1-0) was a non-conference battle.
For the second night in a row, Dartmouth went on a 5-minute power play after the opposition was called for a major and a game misconduct. This time is was Brown's Garnet Hathaway whistled for a contact to the head penalty, and like Friday against Yale, it was Robinson that found the back of the net with the power-play tally.
Sophomore Andy Simpson moved the puck to junior Matt Lindblad at the right faceoff dot. Rather than move it to the low man as he had against the Bulldogs, Lindblad made a crossing pass to the other dot that Robinson buried top shelf with a one-time slap shot and the 1-0 lead.
In one of the more unlikely situations to score the first goal of a college career, freshman Brett Patterson's poke check of a loose puck through a crowd found its way untouched through the slot and then crease before resting in the back of an open net. The refs reviewed the play after a Big Green player ended up on top of Brown goalie Marco DiFilippo, but it was deemed to have been the result of a defender pulling him into the crease.
The bizarre plays continued early in the third as Brown appeared to hit the crossbar on a long slapshot. The goal light behind Grant came on, but the ref standing on the goal line signaled 'no goal'. With the play continuing down the other end, junior Taylor Boldt fired a one-timer from the blueline that was tipped in the slot by sophomore Tyler Sikura just inside the leftpost along the ice.
After another review, it was ruled that the Bears' shot had not beaten the Dartmouth goalie and Boldt's tally stood to make it 3-0.
Brown called timeout with just over three minutes left to pull the goalie in favor of the extra attacker, but sophomore Jesse Beamish put his first of the year into the empty net to seal the win, 4-0.
A power-play unit that ranked near the bottom of the league last year was the team's strength during the season-opening weekend in Providence as the Big Green went 3-for-9 (33.0%) over the course of two games.
These two teams will play again next Saturday night in Hanover after Yale makes the trip to Thompson Arena for a 7 p.m. game Friday.
NOTES: It took the Big Green until Nov. 18 last season before they scored their second power-play goal. This season, the man-advantage has found the back of the net (both Robinson on majors) in its first two games...Robinson now has four goals in his last three games playing at Meehan Auditorium dating back to last season. On Feb. 18, 2011 in Brown's home finale, Robinson scored twice before adding one Friday night and another Saturday...Yale (1-0-1) beat Princeton (0-2-2), 3-2, in the earlier game to take the weekend's consolation prize.