Graber had a natural hat trick between the first two periods and assisted on both of Sellar’s goals. Sellar assisted on all three Graber goals and then on the final score of the game for a six-point night (2-4-6).
Dartmouth hadn’t had a five-point night from a player since Matt Reber (1-4-5) against Brown on Jan. 8, 2010. That eight-year stretch without came to a screeching halt thanks to the center and winger each accomplishing the feat.
The third member of the top line was freshman Quin Foreman, who finished the night with a pair of assists, giving the trio 13 points on the night.
“The big line came up huge tonight and played so well,” head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 said. “They were the difference in the game. That group has been good all year, but haven’t exploded offensively like that until tonight, which was a nice surprise.”
The win was the 299th at Dartmouth for Gaudet.
The Big Green actually trailed 1-0 as RPI took the early lead at 5:05 of the first period. Three straight Graber goals followed and then a Sellar’s first. RPI answered back with a shorthanded score from Jacob Hayhurst at 12:28 of the middle period to cut the deficit to two, 4-2.
However, Sellar’s second of the night came with 1:49 remaining in the period to push the lead back to three. It ballooned to five in the third with Rutherford’s third of the season and Strong’s second before Patrick Polino capped the scoring with one minute remaining on the clock.
Devin Buffalo’s performance did not go unnoticed as Gaudet cited several of his key saves in the second period with the game still close as one of the reasons his team was able to build its lead. He finished the night with 20 saves.
Linden Marshall started the game and played 57:23 in net for the Engineers, but was pulled after the seventh Dartmouth goal for Kyle St. Denis to come into the game for the final minutes.
The Green and White have now swept the Engineers in the last three seasons and pushed their win streak over RPI to seven games dating back to the 2014-15 season.
The Big Green were called for just one penalty all night, killing it off and scoring immediately afterward.
Dartmouth is at Union Saturday night. Puck drop from Schenectady is set for 7 p.m.