December 31, 2012

WHAT LOCKOUT?

Dartmouth Hockey Declaws UNH Wildcats, 4-1 (Tris Wykes, 12/31/12,  Valley News)

More than half of the National Hockey League's 30 teams sent scouts to last night's Dartmouth-New Hampshire men's hockey clash. What they and an announced Thompson Arena crowd of 4,500 saw was a decisive, nonconference victory by the Big Green, a 4-1 triumph over the country's second-ranked team on the first night of the Ledyard Bank Classic. [...]

A roar rang out as time expired, and the arena sound system blared Queen's Another One Bites the Dust. Dartmouth is 7-0 at home this season and is averaging better than four goals per game in Thompson. The Big Green bandwagon is starting to fill as expectations build that this could be one of the program's best seasons in recent years.

"They were the better team tonight, and that's the bottom line," said UNH coach Dick Umile, his lips pursed and his expression dark. "They won it from start to finish."

Said UNH forward Austin Block: "I thought we got dominated in the first period."

During the few stretches where Dartmouth (8-2-2) did falter, sophomore goaltender Cab Morris had events in hand, finishing with a career-high 31 saves. The 6-foot-4 backstop wasn't spectacular, but he made a number of difficult saves look routine and never gave off that shaky vibe that can make one's squad nervous.
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