Boucher breaks wins record as Dartmouth beats RPI

Correction: Dartmouth’s road win over Vermont occured on January 4th, thus this is their 2nd win of 2003, not their first.

Dartmouth’s offense returned in force tonight, tallying seven goals including five in the decisive 3rd period as they cruised to a 7-3 win over RPI at Thompson Arena. Netminder Nick Boucher broke the record for career wins by a Dartmouth goaltender tonight, earning his 41st victory between the pipes. The previous holder was current Head Coach Bob Gaudet.

Dartmouth was led by Hugh Jessiman tonight, as he had his 2nd hat trick of the year and added two assists for a 5-point night. Kent Gillings added 2 goals and an assist, Lee Stempniak had a goal and a helper, and Jarrett Sampson added four assists to help the cause. Pete Summerfelt also added two assists as he chases the team record for most assists by a defenseman. Boucher made 22 saves on 25 shots.

Special teams played a big part for both teams, as a combined 5 power play goals were scored. Dartmouth went 2 for 5 with the man advantage, while RPI got all of its goals on the PP, going 3 for 6 on the night.

Dartmouth (10-8-1, 6-6-0) broke several streaks with the win. They snapped a 5 game winless streak, broke a four game ECAC losing streak, and ended a two game home losing streak. This was also their first win in 2003. The team heads out on a four game road trip starting next weekend, with games at Princeton and Yale this coming weekend followed by a trip to Cornell and Colgate the following weekend. The road has not been kind to Dartmouth this year, as they have only managed a 1-6-0 record in road games thus far, with the sole win coming at Vermont.

In other Dartmouth action today, the women’s hockey team, ranked #4 in the country, beat UConn 8-1 in afternoon action at Thompson. Carly Haggard netted four goals to lead the team. Dartmouth (13-5-0) plays UConn again tomorrow afternoon at 2 PM, and host Yale and Princeton next weekend. The Yale game starts at 7 PM on Friday night, while the Princeton game takes place at 4 PM Saturday afternoon.

Also, the men’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker, losing 84-83 to Albany in triple overtime on the road. Charles Harris scored a career-high 32 points in the loss.

RPI @ Dartmouth box score

(Women’s) UConn @ Dartmouth Box Score