HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth sophomore Shane Sellar has been named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week the league office announced Tuesday morning.
Sellar was awarded the weekly accolade on the strength of a six-point night in a 7-3 Big Green victory at Rensselaer Friday night.
The sophomore winger assisted on all three goals of Will Graber’s natural hat trick between the first and second periods. Sellar would then score the next two Dartmouth tallies before capping his night with the secondary helper on Cam Strong’s third-period marker late in regulation.
It was obviously a career night for the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, native as he finished with two goals and four assists. But it was also one of the top performances by a Dartmouth player in more than four decades.
Prior to Sellar, the last Big Green student-athlete with six points in a game was Dennis Murphy (4-2-6) on Jan. 22, 1978 against Penn. This most recent occurrence was the 77th time in program history a Dartmouth skater reached the mark , but the first in just over 40 years. It was also just the second six-point game in Division I in the last three seasons.
In addition to his own career night, Sellar’s linemates were also huge in the seventh straight win against RPI. Graber finished with five points (3-2-5), while Quin Foreman kicked in a pair of assists, giving the top line 13 points.
Sellar and Graber finished the week as the nation’s most prolific scorers as no other player in Division I had six points during the seven-day stretch.
The last time Dartmouth had two players scoring five points in the same game was Nov. 19, 2005 vs. Yale when Nick Johnson (2-3-5) and Mike Ouellette (3-2-5) managed the feat.
Sellar joins Daniel Warpecha (Nov. 7) as the only other Dartmouth player to earn the league’s player of the week honor this season. Freshman Matt Baker was tabbed as the rookie of the week on Jan. 23.
Cornell’s Matthew Galajda was named the Rookie and Goaltender of the Week.
The Big Green are at home this weekend for the final time in the regular season, playing host to No. 7 Clarkson on Friday and St. Lawrence Saturday evening. Following the game with the Saints, there will be Senior Night ceremonies to honor the four members of the Class of 2018.