ECAC Notebook

Posted by: Justin Churchill

 

The return of Dustin Walsh to the Dartmouth lineup in the Ledyard Bank tournament had an instant positive effect.

Dartmouth picked up a win against Holy Cross and a regulation tie against St. Lawrence in the championship game. Walsh instantly aided his team in his return with an assist and a goal on the weekend,

“ It was definitely exciting to be back,” Walsh said following his first game back against Holy Cross. “ I was a little rusty at first, but I though I got the hang of it towards the end of the game.”

Walsh looked to be one of the nation’s top forwards as the season began, as the junior scored seven points in the first four games of Dartmouth’s season. Currently the forward sits at 20th in the nation for points-per-game percentage, as he has a percentage of 1.28 per game.

However, in a November 11th game against Colgate the forward picked up a leg injury that kept him out for six games. His absence was clearly felt by the team, as they put up a record of 2-3-1 in the six games without Walsh.

Much of Walsh’s success this season is a testament to his off-season work,

“ I worked pretty hard in the off-season and I really focused hard on getting stronger,” Walsh said. “ I think it kind of propelled me to play a bigger role.”

Dartmouth head coach Bob Gaudet has a lot of confidence in Walsh and was very impressed with his return,

“ It was nice having Dustin Walsh back in the lineup because he makes such an impact even if he doesn’t score a goal,” Gaudet said.

The Big Green finally seem to be healthy enough to live up to the hype given to the team at the start of the season. Dartmouth’s offensive production will rise in the coming weeks due to the return of Walsh.

Look for a big weekend from the team.

Weekend Picks:

Friday-

Yale over Qunnipiac

Dartmouth over RPI

Brown over Princeton

Union over Harvard

Cornell ties Colorado College

Colgate over Ferris State

St. Lawrence over Minnesota State

 

Saturday-

Yale over Princeton

Harvard over RPI

Brown ties Quinnipiac

Union ties Dartmouth

Colgate over Ferris State

Colorado College over Cornell

North Dakota over Clarkson

St. Lawrence over Minnesota State

 

 

 

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