Hockey struggles to 2-1 win

Edit 11/4/03: The linked box score is now correct and up-to-date with everything

Dartmouth capped off a big sports weekend with a victory in the season opener for the men’s hockey team, 2-1 over the Crusaders of Holy Cross in front of 3494 fans at Thompson Arena. The victory comes on the heels of the women’s hockey win last night (7-2 over #5 Providence), the women’s soccer win in 2ot over Harvard to clinch the Ivy Title, and of course the football game earlier today (see the post below).

The team looked like it was running on fumes for most of the 2 periods I was able to attend. Lee Stempniak ’05 scored the game winner roughly halfway through the 2nd as he just took the puck down the boards and beat his defender to the corner, cut to the net and got it under the goaltender. Eric Przepiorka ’06 had a breakaway chance to ice it late in the game, but was stoned by the Crusader netminder. Sean Offers ’06 got sent off after receiving a spearing major and a DQ, but the team was able to kill it off.

Dan Yacey ’05 stopped 25 of 26 shots to earn the victory. Jarrett Sampson ’06 got Dartmouth’s other goal. The box score is incorrect, as Dartmouth’s 2nd goal came on the power play, making Dartmouth 1-8 on the PP, not 0-8. That also means Dartmouth hasn’t scored a shorthander since the 00-01 season.

Hugh Jessiman ’06 looked slow and sluggish most of the game, but I heard he took a big hit in the 1st period and sat most of the time until the intermission, so he may have been playing hurt the rest of the game.

Next weekend will be the last home games until after Christmas. Dartmouth will take on Brown and Harvard in a pair of ECAC and Ivy League contests. Brown earned a 2-0 upset win over Harvard tonight in Cambridge, MA. Faceoff both Friday and Saturday is at 7 at Thompson Arena. Expect the Harvard game to sellout, so I wouldn’t plan on showing up too late or you may be stuck without a seat.

Box Score