By: Pat Salvas
ALBANY, N.Y. – It was announced Monday afternoon that Dartmouth sophomore Sam Hesler was named the ECAC Hockey Men’s Player of the Week.
Hesler was tabbed as the conference’s top player after an outstanding individual week, netting his first two career goals and recording the first two multi-point games of his career in Dartmouth’s contests against Bentley and at No. 12 Northeastern.
His four points last week tied for the national lead as he netted a goal and an assist in each game.
The first goal of his career came exactly midway through the game in Thursday’s home contest against Bentley, finishing off a great rush and passing play from freshman defender Tanner Palocsik. Hesler picked up his first point of the week with the primary assist on Jeff Losurdo’s first-period power-play goal.
Two days later in Boston, Hesler was back at it with a pair of points on the scoresheet against the Huskies. The sophomore winger scored the third Dartmouth goal of the second period in a fevered comeback bid, turning a turnover at the line into a puck in the back of the home team’s net. He added another assist on the lone tally of the third period, starting the play that resulted in Ryan Blankemeier’s second goal of the season.
This is the second time this season that a Big Green forward has led the nation in scoring in a week’s time and been named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, joining Drew O’Connor, who had accomplished the feat last month.
Hesler and his teammates are in the midst of a mid-season break but return to action to host Colorado College and UConn in the 31st Annual Ledyard Classic at Thompson Arena on Dec. 28-29.