No. 17 Big Green Skate to Tie at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  - For the third time in the last four meetings, the Dartmouth men's hockey team played to a tie with Harvard Sunday at the Bright Hockey Center. The 17th-ranked Big Green skated to a 1-1 draw with the Crimson in a game postponed a day by the recent snowstorm that blanketed New England.

The one point earned with the 1-1 outcome helps the team maintain a share of third place in the league standings with 17 points on a 7-6-3 ECAC Hockey record. Last-place Harvard snapped its eight-game losing streak with the tie, but has just seven points this season thanks to it 3-12-1 league mark.

Rensselaer and Princeton are the other two teams tied with the Green and White.

Dartmouth (11-7-4) had an opportunity to take the lead late in regulation, but an official review resulted in a disallowed goal with 3:07 remaining on the scoreboard. Tim O'Brien put a centering feed across the goal line to senior winger Dustin Walsh for the tap-in marker, but upon further review, the referees determined that Crimson goaltender Raphael Girard was interfered with while trying to make the play.

Girard finished the night with 26 saves, while Big Green netminder Cab Morris stopped 21.

Sophomore Andy Simpson notched his second of the season with a seeing-eye wrist shot 9:53 into the first period, giving his team the 1-0 advantage. Simpson's shot from the halfboards found space through the leg pads of Girard for the lone Dartmouth goal of the afternoon.

Eric Robinson and Brad Schierhorn were credited with assists on the play.

Harvard answered back with a power-play goal 13:03 into the middle frame, solving a Green and White penalty kill that ranked as one of the nation's best coming into the game. In contrast, the Crimson had one of the worst success rates with the man-up scenario, something that didn't stop them Sunday afternoon as Marshall Everson notched his fifth of the year to tie the game.

It would stay 1-1 the rest of the way as neither team was able to solve the opposition's goaltender the remainder of the contest.

These two teams played to ties of 3-3 and 2-2, respectively, last season, while the Green stretch their unbeaten run against Harvard to six straight (3-0-3), including a 3-2 win in Hanover in the earlier meeting.

Dartmouth is now 0-1-4 in overtime games this season after Sunday's draw, but will look to build on the momentum earned from the point into next weekend's home games with Cornell and Colgate. The Big Green are 9-2-0 this season at Thompson Arena as they entertain the Big Red on Friday night at 7 p.m.