HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's ice hockey team had an impressive season-opening weekend in Providence, taking the 2012 Ivy Shootout title. For its efforts, the team is starting to gain recognition on the national scene.
Following a 1-0-1 weekend at Meehan Auditorium, U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) has the Big Green receiving votes in the most recent rankings released Monday afternoon.
The Green and White earned 15 points in the first poll released since opening their season Friday afternoon with a 2-2 neutral-site tie against Yale. The team advanced to the weekend's championship with a 2-0 shootout result thanks to goals from sophomore Tyler Sikura and Eric Neiley and saves from junior goaltender Cab Morris at the other end.
Dartmouth capped the weekend with a 4-0 shutout of Brown to take the title. Freshman Charles Grant stopped all 24 shots he faced in his first collegiate start, while four different players scored goals, including junior Eric Robinson with his second of the weekend early on in the middle period, which proved to be the eventual winner.
The Big Green also have national recognition from the Inside College Hockey (INCH) writers group. In the annual 'INCH Power Rankings: Great 58+1', Dartmouth was ranked No. 22 in the nation by the collection of college hockey writers from across the country.
Thompson Arena will finally play host to college hockey this weekend as the team returns for its first home games of 2012-13. Yale will make the trip for a Friday night game, while Brown comes to the Upper Valley Saturday. Both contests are set for 7 p.m. puck drops.
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