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11-07-2004, 12:26 AM
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Jessiman Hurt As Princeton Shuts Out Dartmouth
by Greg Fennell/Special to USCHO

HANOVER, N.H. Junior Eric Leroux earned his third career shutout by making 41 saves, helping Princeton coach Guy Gadowsky grab his first ECAC Hockey League win on Saturday night as the Tigers blanked Dartmouth, 3-0, in a contest marred by an apparent ankle injury to star Big Green forward Hugh Jessiman.

Jessiman, a first-round NHL draft pick of the New York Rangers last year, got his legs tangled with a Princeton skater near the Tigers' bench on a Dartmouth power play at 8:58 of the first period. The junior hit the ice hard, holding his right ankle in obvious pain and silencing the Thompson Arena sellout crowd of 4,500.

Jessiman left the ice with the help of teammates David Jones and Grant Lewis and was sent to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet knew little of Jessiman's condition after the game, but expected to have a clearer picture of his availability Sunday.

"He's one of the top players in the country," Gaudet said. "To see that kid writhing in pain on the ice, it's emotional. There's no question about it.

"We have a lot of young guys on our team. We've got a lot of guys who care about each other. It's tough; that kid was in a hell of a lot of pain."

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