After scoring four goals in the final 8:23 of the game, Princeton men’s ice hockey (11–12–0 overall, 7–9–0 ECAC) surged to a 7–3 win over the Dartmouth Big Green (4–19–1, 3–13–1).
Against the last place team in the ECAC, the Tigers dominated the shots on goal and possession totals for the majority of the game, but the Big Green kept the game close until the Tigers’ five-goal third period. The final shots on goal tally ended with 40–23 in favor of Princeton, with 34 of the Tigers’ shots coming in the last two periods.
The game remained scoreless until the final three minutes of the first, when first-year defenseman Tyler Rubin received a puck at the point and fired a wrister off of a blocking Dartmouth forward. Gathering the puck off of the blocked shot, Rubin tried for another wrister. On his second attempt, Rubin’s shot slipped past Dartmouth goaltender Cooper Black on his glove-side. It was Rubin’s first collegiate goal, and the only goal of the opening period.
In the second period, a tripping penalty from Dartmouth defensemen Jack Cameron gave Princeton a man-advantage. On the power play, Princeton junior defenseman Nick Carabin fed a pass down low for a redirection goal off the stick of junior forward Ian Murphy. The power play helper from Carabin was his second of three assists in the game, bringing his season total to ten.
At the 6:42 mark, Dartmouth forward Tyler Campbell deposited a rebound past Princeton sophomore goaltender Ethan Pearson. Following the goal, Dartmouth fans continued a decades-long tradition where fans throw tennis balls onto the ice each time the Big Green score their first goal in a game against Princeton. The tradition was sparked when a Dartmouth student alleged that Princeton fans threw some kind of ball onto the ice at then-Dartmouth goaltender Vern Guetens.
After the chaos of the tennis ball goal ended, Dartmouth returned to play with a bit of momentum. With penalties on Princeton first-year defenseman Nick Marciano and sophomore defenseman Noah de la Durantaye, Dartmouth went to a five-on-three power-play. On the power-play, Dartmouth forward Luke Haymes raced into the offensive zone and fired a shot past Pearson for the equalizer. The Tigers, struggling on the penalty kill, were still looking to gain consistency in all parts of their game.
“We struggled with our detail on the penalty kill which cost us in 2 of the 3 losses,” head coach Ron Fogarty wrote to The Daily Princetonian. “We are continually working on that part of the game and need it to be better for our last six games.”
Heading into the third period tied at two, the Tigers were able to regain the lead on another power play opportunity. Connecting with Murphy for the second time of the night, Carabin fed Murphy below the right circle for a one-timer goal. A quick response from the Big Green came just 15 seconds later, courtesy of forward Sean Chisholm.
Tied at three, with tons of offensive zone pressure on the Big Green, the Tigers finally broke through with 8:13 remaining in the game. Junior forward Nick Seitz used his speed to create space through the neutral zone, rushing in alone on the goaltender. On the breakaway, Seitz chipped a puck high into the net for the lead.
Down one, Dartmouth pulled their goaltender with just over two minutes to go. In those two minutes, the Tigers deposited two empty net goals off the sticks of senior forward Liam Gorman and Murphy, and a goal on the rush from junior forward Joe Berg. For Murphy, the empty netter gave him a hat trick on the night.
“Personally, I think confidence is the most important thing in hockey, and my confidence has been slowly growing all year,” Murphy said.
“Ian is a tremendous player who is very dependable and trustworthy,” coach Fogarty remarked about Murphy’s game. “Similar to the majority of his teammates, Ian is having a career year in points. Ian is eager to learn and … up his game.”
Murphy and the Tigers will look to build off the victory when they travel to St. Lawrence (14–14–0, 9–7–0) and Clarkson (12–13–3, 6–8–2) on Friday and Saturday.
Cole Keller is an associate editor for the Sports section at the ‘Prince.’ Please direct any corrections requests to corrections[at]dailyprincetonian.com.