Game 6
Dartmouth Big Green (1-4-0, 1-3-0 ECAC Hockey) at
No. 6 Clarkson Golden Knights (7-2-2, 2-1-1 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Nov. 8 - 7 p.m.
Potsdam, N.Y. – Cheel Arena

Game 7
Dartmouth Big Green (1-4-0, 1-3-0 ECAC Hockey) at
St. Lawrence Saints (4-6-0, 3-1-0 ECAC Hockey)
Saturday, Nov. 9 - 4 p.m.
Canton, N.Y. – Appleton Arena

After opening its conference road schedule last weekend versus Union and Rensselaer, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team travels back to the Empire State to face No. 6 Clarkson and St. Lawrence in ECAC Hockey action, Nov. 8-9. Last season, the Big Green went 0-2-0 in the North Country. This year, the Green and White are 1-2-0 outside of the Upper Valley. In 2012-13, head coach Mark Hudak’s squad was 9-8-0 away from Thompson Arena. In league play, Dartmouth was 5-5-1 on the road before falling in two games at Harvard in the opening round of the postseason tournament.

The Big Green split a road weekend in New York’s Capital District for the second straight season, falling to Union in the opener and topping Rensselaer in the finale for their first victory of 2013-14. Versus the Dutchwomen, the team from the Upper Valley fell despite outshooting Union, 25-18. The loss was the first ever at Messa Rink for Dartmouth and snapped a 20-game winning streak versus Union. Against RPI, the Green scored a goal in each of the three periods and senior co-captain Lindsay Holdcroft stopped 33 of the 34 shots she faced to give the team the hard-fought conference win.

Under Hudak, Dartmouth has played in the conference tournament nine times, won the league title twice and played in the championship game three times. The 11th year coach has led the team to the NCAA tournament six times, advancing to the Frozen Four twice. The last two seasons, the team has exited the conference postseason tournament in the first round.

Dartmouth is looking to turn around its fortune in the North Country this weekend. The Big Green have lost three straight to Clarkson and haven’t won at Cheel Arena since February of 2011. Similarly, the Green and White have lost five of the last seven to St. Lawrence, but both of those triumphs came at Appleton Arena.

Heading into the game with No. 6 Clarkson, the Big Green are still in search of their first win against a ranked opponent in nearly two years. They were 0-7-3 when facing top-10 programs in 2012-13 and are 0-2 this season. The team’s last win against a nationally-ranked foe was on Nov. 26, of 2011 as they topped No.10 Northeastern, 4-3, in overtime at home.

Dartmouth lost four-of-the-top-five leading scorers from last season to graduation and looks to a strong core of freshmen to pick up where the Class of 2016 left off. The youthful Big Green go from having eight players with at least 100 games under their belt last season to zero this season. Of the 20 players on the roster, 13 are underclassmen, as senior co-captain Ali Winkel and Lindsay Holdcroft look to lead the team through the ups and downs of ECAC Hockey and Ivy League play.  The offense has to fill the void left by the Class of 2013 as last year’s seniors accounted for 48 of the team’s 84 goals (57.1%).

The Green and White boast a strong core of second-year players led by Laura Stacey. Through the first 33 games of her collegiate career the Kleinburg, Ontario, native has nine tallies and a team-leading 17 assists. Stacey has six career multi-point games, including one this season. She is currently second on the team with a trio of assists and leads in points with four. Her 22 points last season were the most for a first-year player for the Big Green since Camille Dumais in 2009.  In fact, Stacey’s 26 points are the most in a career of any player on the roster. Another sophomore looking to produce is Lindsey Allen. The Toronto, Ontario, native leads the team this year with three goals and two power-play markers.

Dartmouth has scored first in four of its five games. A year ago, the team was 11-2-2 when scoring first. Twice this season the team has surrendered second period leads and once they’ve given up a third period lead. Last year, the team was 15-0-1 when leading after two periods, this year they are 1-1-0.

Dartmouth has seven new faces on the roster as freshmen Robyn Chemago, Eleni Tebano, Mackenzie St. Onge, Kennedy Ottenbreit, Devon Moir, Katy Ratty and Emma Korbs join the Big Green. Four forwards are making their collegiate debut as Moir, Ottenbreit, St. Onge and Ratty are looking to make an impact this winter. Korbs and Tebano look to see plenty of action on the blue line while Chemago adds depth at the goaltending position. Tebano is tied of team lead in points and is averaging just under a point per game. The Glastonbury, Conn., native is tied for sixth in the conference amongst defenseman in assists.

Dartmouth’s power play has scored a goal in four of the five games this season. The Green have gone 4-for-20 in 2013-14 with the man advantage and rank fourth in the conference with a power-play percentage of 20.0. Lindsey Allen has scored a pair of goals when a man up, freshman Katy Ratty has one and Karlee Odland netted the game winner versus RPI for the other special-teams goal.

The Green and White’s penalty killers have started the season on a strong run, killing 20-of-21 penalties over the first five contests. They currently rank second in the conference when a man down, killing 95.2% percent of their penalties. The special teams ranked third in ECAC Hockey last season, killing 87.9% of opponents’ man-advantage opportunities in 2012-13. Last year, they were the fourth-most penalized team in the league with 320 penalty minutes through 31 games. Through five games, the Big Green have 48 penalty minutes. Laura Stacey netted the team’s first short-handed goal in over a year, breaking out and finishing to give Dartmouth a two-goal lead in the third period against Rensselear.

Last season’s 7-2 senior-day victory over St. Lawrence on Feb. 23 2013, was the 600th in program history. In their 37th season, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team has averaged more than 16 wins a year since its inception as Hudak has been at the helm for 196 of those triumphs.

After starting the season 5-0-0, Clarkson went 0-2-1. Since then, the Golden Knights have earned a point in three straight contests, going 2-0-1 heading into this weekend. The last ECAC Hockey loss at home for Clarkson came last February versus Princeton. The Golden Knights have a potent offensive attack with three skaters at +10 or better. Jamie Lee Rattray is tied for the conference lead in goals with teammate Erin Ambrose with seven. Rattray also ranks second in the league in points with 16. Between the pipes, Erica Howe has started all 11 games, registering a save percentage of .937 and a goals-against average of 1.29 with a 7-2-2 mark. Her 207 saves are second in the league.

Clarkson swept the season series with the Big Green a year ago, outscoring Dartmouth, 8-1. In the first contest, the Green fell 5-0 on the road and in the finale the Golden Knights earned a 3-1 victory at Thompson Arena.

After 1-5 start, St. Lawrence has settled in, winning three of its last four to open ECAC Hockey play 3-1. The Saints offense has come alive, scoring 16 goals in their last four contests. Last weekend, SLU swept Brown and Yale at home, outscoring their Ivy League rivals, 9-2. St. Lawrence has earned a point in five of its last six conference games. Mel Desrochers and Rylee Smith are tied with a team-high four goals. Desrochers leads the squad with seven assists with Smith has added six of her own. In net, Carmen MacDonald has amassed a record of 4-1-0 with a save percentage of .921 and a goals-against average of 2.18.

Dartmouth went 1-1-0 against SLU a year ago. The Saints skated to a 2-1 victory at home while the Green and White netted a 7-2 triumph in Hanover to end the regular season.

Dartmouth is 12-9-4 all-time against Clarkson and 10-7-4 under Hudak. The Big Green are 30-26-2 all-time versus St. Lawrence, while posting a 9-19-0 mark under Hudak.