HANOVER, N.H. - Sophomore Jesse Beamish scored his first career game-winning goal with 7:29 left in regulation to lift the No. 12 Dartmouth men's hockey team to a 3-2 ECAC Hockey win over visiting Harvard Saturday night at a packed Thompson Arena.
The second-year forward tipped in a blistering shot from the point off the stick of freshman defender Ryan Bullock, picking the perfect time to end his 13-game goalless drought.
Junior Cab Morris backstopped the Big Green (9-5-2, 5-3-1 ECAC) to the win, turning aside 22 in the process. His counterpart in the Crimson's Raphael Girard stopped 27 in the losing effort.
The win pushes Dartmouth's record to an impressive 8-1-0 this season in contests played at home inside the confines of Thompson Arena.
The Big Green picked up the two crucial ECAC Hockey points and currently sit in a three-way tie for third in the league standings with Yale and Union. Dartmouth and the Elis clash next Saturday night in New Haven in the third and final regular-season meeting between the two teams.
After Harvard's (5-8-1, 3-6-0 ECAC) Jimmy Vessey made it 1-0 with a pretty end-to-end rush 13:22 into the first, the home team battled back in the middle frame, taking the lead on goals from Matt Lindblad and Nick Bligh.
Lindblad, a junior and alternate captain, finished off a nice passing play from sophomores Tyler Sikura and Andy Simpson at the 4:09 mark. Just over four minutes later, Bligh found space between Girard's pads for his second of the year and the first Dartmouth lead of the night.
Both Lindblad and Sikura improved their current scoring streaks to eight games on the play.
Down a goal entering the third, Harvard's Petr Placek stepped up and knocked in a loose puck in the slot 4:03 into the period, tying the game at 2-2.
A physical battle of two storied rivals ensued with both looking for the go-ahead goal as regulation ticked down. That tally would come from Beamish and his well-place stick, battling in front of the net to set a screen of the Crimson goalie.
Harvard opted for the extra attacker in the final minute, desperately seeking the goal to force overtime. However, that marker never came as an aggressive Dartmouth defensive style in the waning seconds did not allow a shot to reach Morris, sending the crowd of 4,381 into a frenzy.
The nation's second-best PK unit once again held an opponent without a power-play goal as Harvard failed to cash in on either of its two chances. Bligh's goal came while Vessey sat in the box, serving a 5-minute major and providing the Green with one of just two chances with the man-advantage.
Coming into Saturday's game, the Green and White had three straight one-goal losses, a misfortune that was reversed with the 3-2 victory.
The win also gave the Green the top spot in the Ivy League standings with a 3-1-1 mark and 7 points, jumping Princeton for first.
Before Dartmouth and Yale play next Saturday night, the Big Green will take on Brown Friday night in Providence, site of its Ivy League Shootout title in October.NOTES: Dartmouth President-Elect Philip J. Hanlon ’77 was on hand at the game and recieved a warm reception from the Thompson Arena crowd...The team unveiled new third jerseys for the Ivy League and ECAC Hockey contest...Morris improves to 6-2-1 this season...Brandon McNally and Jack Barre had the helpers on Bligh's goal, while Tim O'Brien set up Bullock's shot that led to Beamish's winner...Dartmouth outshot Harvard, 30-24...Both teams had one minor and one major penalty in the game and nothing else.