Grabers Two Goals Propel Dartmouth Over Princeton

Grabers Two Goals Propel Dartmouth Over Princeton

HANOVER, N.H. – Playing in his 100th career game, senior Will Graber netted a pair of goals in Dartmouth's 3-1 win over Princeton Saturday night at a loud and raucous Thompson Arena.
 
After missing Friday night's game vs. Quinnipiac, the senior returned to the lineup and made an immediate impact, scoring 5:44 into the contest and setting off an eruption from the crowd of nearly 3,000 fans.
 
The 105th player in program history to reach 100 games in a Big Green (1-2-1, 1-1-1 ECAC) sweater, Graber potted the opening score for the 25th goal of his career.
 
But most important on this night was Dartmouth's ability to find the will to score twice in the final period, including the game winner from Graber with 6:10 remaining to help Dartmouth to the 3-1 win against the Tigers (1-2-1, 0-2-0) and a three-point ECAC Hockey weekend.
 
"That was our best game so far," Koenig Family Head Coach Bob Gaudet '81 said. "We had great momentum from line to line tonight, carrying over from one to the next. We dug deep in the third period and played really well, ultimately culminating in those two goals.
 
"They're a great team, but our top line was great tonight and I'm especially pleased with our penalty kill and goaltending, who were both outstanding," Gaudet added.
 
Graber scored what would be the eventual winner in the slot on a great feed from Quin Foreman below the goal line. Just 50 seconds later, senior Daniel Warpecha notched his second in as many games and third of the season, slamming home a rebound for the insurance marker at the top of the paint.
 
"It was great for our line to get going so early in the game tonight and keep that momentum going through the third period and finish strong, too," Graber said. "For me, and the whole team really, playing in this atmosphere is always so fun and it's an even better feeling to come out with a win."
 
Drew O'Connor had a pair of assists, both coming on Graber's tallies.
 
Adrian Clark was once again a stalwart in goal for the Big Green, turning aside 27 shots for the second night in a row and picking up his first victory of the season. Princeton's Aidan Porter stopped 32 in the loss as Dartmouth outshot the Tigers, 35-28.
 
The aforementioned penalty kill that Coach Gaudet was so pleased with was due to the fact that the group kill all six opportunities the visitors had in the contest. Princeton's lone goal came from Jake Paganelli just 3:36 into the third period seconds after a power play had expired, tying the game for the next 10 minutes before Graber's second of the night.

With an assist on the Graber goal, sophomore Jeff Losurdo now has points in all four games this season and leads the team with five points.
 
The Big Green are on the road next weekend at Yale and Brown on Friday and Saturday night. Both games will start at 7 p.m. and be carried on ESPN+.