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Charles Grant Stands Tall in 1-0 Shutout of No. 11 Cornell

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 03/01/2014
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ITHACA, N.Y. – Charles Grant stole the show Friday evening, blanking No. 11 Cornell, 1-0, in front of a sellout crowd of 4,267 inside historic Lynah Rink.
 
On a night when the Big Red’s Andy Iles broke the program’s all-time saves record, the story of the game was happening at the other end of the ice. Grant’s second career shutout also gave the Big Green (8-16-4) their first in Ithaca since Jan. 23, 1960 (12-0), a span of more than 54 years.
 
The stellar play from its sophomore and his 36 saves helped push Dartmouth’s current unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) and its ECAC Hockey record to 7-12-2 for 16 points as the postseason tournament looms next weekend.
 
The lone goal of the night game from team captain Tyler Sikura just 1:54 into the second period, slamming home a rebound alone in the slot after strong work from classmates Jesse Beamish and Charlie Mosey.
 
For Sikura, it was his second goal in the last three games after netting the OT winner last Friday night against Brown. He now becomes the only Big Green player this season with more than one game-winning tally as seven different skaters had recorded GWGs in 2013-14 prior to Friday night’s one-goal victory.
 
Cornell (14-8-5, 10-7-5), battling for one of the final first-round byes in the ECAC Hockey Championship, was dealt a serious blow to those hopes with the loss. The Big Red outshot the Green, 36-20, but were unable to get anything by Grant, silencing one of the best home crowds in all of college hockey.
 
The visitors were 0-for-4 on the power play in the game, while the Big Red didn’t manage much better in being held 0-for-3 by the Big Green’s solid penalty kill.
 
But no matter which way the box score is examined, it was evident that the best player on the ice for either team was the Berwick, Nova Scotia, native and sophomore goaltender between the pipes for Dartmouth.
 
Grant turned aside 16 in the second period and another 14 in the third as Cornell desperately sought to tie the game and force overtime. But that goal never came as Grant recorded a shutout for the first time since his first career start last season at Brown on Oct. 27, 2012 (4-0). It was also the first for by any goalie wearing the Green and White since Nov. 9, 2012 when Cab Morris blanked RPI, 4-0.

The Red are now 7-1-1 this season against Ivy League competition with the lone loss and tie coming at the hands of the Green. Additionally, it was the first win at Lynah for Dartmouth since March 8, 2008 in the second game of a first-round playoff series and the first in a regular-season contest since Nov. 11, 2006. Cornell had been 7-0-3 against the Big Green in the last 10 meetings between the two dating back since the Green and White last defeated their rivals from Ithaca, 5-4, on Feb. 20, 2010.
 
Dartmouth returns to action Saturday night in the regular-season finale at No. 16 Colgate. The Big Green and Raiders will square-off shortly after 7 p.m. from Starr Rink.

Postseason Scenarios:
Dartmouth (16 points, at Colgate)
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Seeded 8th with a win, a Brown loss, a St. Lawrence win, and a Harvard loss or tie.
Seeded 8th with a win, a Brown tie, a St. Lawrence loss or tie, and a Harvard loss.
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