PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton picked up an Ivy League and ECAC Hockey win Friday night at Hobey Baker Rink, defeating the Dartmouth men’s hockey team, 9-2.
Matt Baker and Will Graber scored the lone Big Green goals in the game as the Tigers’ senior class picked up their first win against Dartmouth since the start of the 2014-15 season, snapping an 0-7-1 stretch against their Hanover counterparts.
Max Veronneau registered the first hat trick of his career and was one of four Princeton (5-5-1, 3-4-1 ECAC) players with three or more points in the game, joining Josh Teves (0-3-3), David Hallisey (2-1-3) and Jackson Cressey (1-3-4).
Dartmouth (2-6-0, 2-4-0 ECAC) fell behind early, allowing an Eric Robinson goal just 32 seconds into the contest. That was a sign of things to come as the home team notched six first-period goals, the most allowed in a single frame by a Dartmouth team since No. 1 Quinnipiac scored that many in an improbable third-period comeback on Jan. 29, 2016.
In all, six Princeton players accounted for the nine goals with Ryan Kufner and Max Becker also scoring in the game.
Dartmouth starter sophomore Adrian Clark allowed five in 14:24 of action with classmate Dean Shatzer coming in for the final 45:30, stopping 21 and allowing four. Tigers netminder Ryan Ferland turned aside 31 and allowed the Graber and Baker goals in just over 50 minutes of play before giving way to Ben Halford for the final 10.
Corey Kalk and Alex Jasiek picked up assists on the Baker score in the first period, while Charley Michalowski and Quin Foreman had the helpers on Graber’s goal. For Foreman, it was his first career point, while three of Graber’s six career markers have come against Princeton in three games played.
Overall, Princeton had not beaten Dartmouth since Nov. 15, 2013 when the Tigers claimed a 5-4 overtime win in New Jersey. Since then, the Green and White had victories in eight of nine against Princeton before Friday night’s result.
Dartmouth’s final ECAC game of 2017 is Saturday night in Hamden, Connecticut, as it takes on Quinnipiac. The Bobcats dropped their game Friday night against Harvard, 6-2.