HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth men’s hockey sophomore Will Graber was named the Third Star of the Week by the NCAA on Tuesday.
The second-year center had a career night on Friday against Rensselaer, registering a natural hat trick and finishing the game with a career-high five points (3-2-5). He would go on to add an assist at Union the following night and finish the weekend with six points, tying him with linemate Shane Sellar for the top scoring total in the nation last week.
After falling behind 1-0 to the Engineers early, Graber dug his team out of the hole with three straight goals between the first and second period. It was the first natural hat trick by a Dartmouth player since Hugh Jessiman on Nov. 21, 2003 in a 9-4 win against Yale. Jessiman scored four that night and also finished with five points.
Graber’s feat is so rare that dating back to the start of the 1980-81 season, only he and Jessiman have notched natural hat tricks in the 43 registered by Big Green players during that time.
In all, the top line of Sellar, Graber and Quin Foreman combined for 13 points against RPI and 14 on the weekend.
The last Dartmouth player to earn one of the NCAA’s Three Stars of the Week was Nick Bligh ’16 on Jan. 5, 2016.
Joining Graber on the weekly list was First Star Matthew Galajda of Cornell and Minnesota’s Tyler Sheehy.
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.