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Dartmouth and Union Do Battle Friday Night on NBC Sports Network

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HANOVER, N.H.  - The 16th-ranked Dartmouth men's hockey team will once again play a nationally-televised game Friday night at No. 18 Union. The NBC Sports Network will carry the contest between the Big Green and Dutchmen with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop from Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y.

Calling the action for the match-up with Union is Dan Parkhurst with color commentary from former pro player Ken Hodge.

Dartmouth is coming off a 1-1 weekend with an overpowering 5-1 victory Saturday night at home against Clarkson that featured four third-period goals. Union also enters the game having won its most recent outing, a late 3-2 win against rival Rensselaer Saturday night in the Mayor's Cup, played in Albany.

In the previous meeting between the two teams earlier this season, Dartmouth escaped a late surge from Union to hold on to the 3-2 home win on Nov. 10. The Dutchmen were ranked No. 7 at the time of the last meeting, while the Big Green made their first appearance in the polls following the victory.

The two teams are tied for third in ECAC Hockey standings with 15 points. Dartmouth is 7-5-1 in league play, while Union is 6-4-3 against conference foes.

Saturday marks the fourth time this season Dartmouth has played on TV and the second time on the NBC Sports Network. The Green hosted Vermont on Dec. 5 at Thompson Arena, taking down their regional rivals from Burlington, 4-2, in front of a packed house and national audience on the network.

Sophomore Tyler Sikura leads the team in scoring with 25 points, matching his total output from his freshman season. Junior Eric Robinson's team-leading 10th goal of the season came on Saturday against the Golden Knights. In goal, junior Cab Morris has been one of the league's best in 2012-13, posting a 8-3-1 record with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

Please check local listings for channel numbers for the NBC Sports Network.