Dartmouth Big Green (14-7-4, 9-6-3 ECAC Hockey) at
Colgate Raiders (9-17-3, 4-11-3 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Feb. 15 - 7 p.m.
Hamilton, N.Y. - Starr Hockey Rink (2,600)
Dartmouth Big Green (14-7-4, 9-6-3 ECAC Hockey / 6-2-1 Ivy League) at
No. 4 Cornell Big Red (20-5-0, 15-3-0 ECAC Hockey / 7-1-0 Ivy League)
Saturday, Feb. 16 - 4 p.m.
Ithaca, N.Y. - Lynah Rink (4,267)
On the Road Again
The Dartmouth women's hockey team heads away for its final conference road trip of the 2012-13 regular season heading to New York to face Colgate and Cornell. The Big Green are fresh off their second home conference weekend sweep of 2013 after topping Brown, 2-0, and skating past Yale, 4-2, inside Thompson arena last week. Dartmouth heads into this weekend's ECAC Hockey showdowns, with Colgate and Cornell, riding a three-game unbeaten streak in Hanover. However, the Green and White have lost two straight conference road games, while getting outscored 7-1.
During their seven-game unbeaten streak at home, the Big Green have scored 10 goals in the first period. Only once have they failed to hold on to the first period lead as the Engineers rallied to score a pair of third-period markers to force overtime and the eventual tie on Jan.19. The team from the Upper Valley has scored first in seven of their 10 home games in 2012-13, while outscoring their opponents, 10-4, in the opening period over the last seven at Thompson Arena. On the road in 2012-13 it's been a different story, with their conference opponents outscoring them, 10-5, while scoring first in 6-of-9 contests.
Dartmouth is led by a strong core of experienced seniors, with eight players seeing action in over 100 contests. The class of 2013 paces a balanced offensive attack for the Big Green as four of the team's six leading scorers are set to graduate. Co-captain Reagan Fischer leads the team with 14 markers, while Camille Dumais has a team-best four power-play goals and four game-winning goals. Co-captain Jenna Hobeika is tied for the team-lead with 13 helpers and defenseman Sasha Nanji is coming off a two-assist performance against the Bulldogs on Tuesday evening.
Top of the Line
Dartmouth's top line of Hobeika, Fischer and Dumais has carried the offensive load for the team over the last nine games, tallying 13 of the squad's 25 goals. When the trio skates together this season they have produced 49 points (22g-27a), while leading the team to a 9-3-2 mark. Over the last nine games, Fischer has six tallies and two multi-point contests. In her final season on campus, the Irma, Alberta, native is averaging a point a game, while racing up the program's career points list (she currently is tied for 25th with 111 points). Not to be outdone, Dumais is putting an exclamation point on her career, currently sitting in 18th on the all-time list with 126 points.
Holding Down the Fort
Junior netminder Lindsay Holdcroft is coming off another solid weekend of action for the team from the Upper Valley. Holdcroft stopped 30-of-32 shots against the Bears and the Bulldogs, while picking up a pair of victories. Against Brown the Pittsburgh, Pa., native picked up her third shutout of the season and the 11th of her career. Holdcroft lowered her goals-against average to 2.09, while upping her save percentage to .909. The third-year starter ranks in the top-six in the conference in goals-against average, minutes played and wins.
The Green and White boast a strong core of first-year players led by Laura Stacey. Through the first 22 games of her collegiate career the Kleinburg, Ontario, native has six tallies and a team-leading 13 assists. Stacey has five multi-point games this season and she scored her first collegiate game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Brown. Stacey is the top-scoring freshman in Ivy League games this season, scoring three goals with four helpers. Other newcomers making an impact this season are Ailish Forfar and Lindsey Allen. Forfar has twice been named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week and leads all freshmen in the conference with three game-winning goals, while Allen is fifth on the team with 14 points (7g-7a). Allen and Forfar each found the back of the net against the Bulldogs earlier in the week.
With the Man Advantage
Dartmouth's power play has struggled over the past two games going 0-for-8. After netting power-play tallies in back-to-back games against Princeton and Union Jan. 12 & 18, the Big Green are just one for their last 34 with the man advantage. Over the last six games, the lone power-play goal came off the stick of Stacey against the top penalty-killing unit (Harvard 94.0%) in the country on Feb. 1.
The Green and White's penalty killers continued their strong run, killing all seven-of-eight penalties last weekend. They have now killed off 36-of-39 power-play chances over the last seven games. The special teams rank third in ECAC Hockey, killing 87.5% of opponents' man-advantage opportunities this season. They are also the fourth-most penalized team in the league with 262 penalty minutes through 25 games.
First 40 minutes
The key for the Big Green is to hold a lead after 40 minutes of play. When leading through two periods, the Green and White are 13-0-1 this season, a figure that reached its current state on Tuesday as the Big Green led the Bulldogs, 2-1, heading into the third. RPI is the only team all season to battle back from a second-period deficit against the Green and White to earn a point. On the other hand, when trailing after two periods Dartmouth is 0-5-1. When the team is tied after two periods this season they are 1-2-3, a figure that reached its current state after skating to a 2-2 draw with the Crimson. The Big Green haven't won when trailing after two periods since Feb. 27, 2011, when they rallied to beat Clarkson, 4-3, in overtime.
Dating back to the 2011-12 season, the last three match ups between Dartmouth and Cornell have been one-goal contests. During the same stretch, one marker has decided two of the last three tilts between the Big Green and the Raiders as well. Against both squads two of the last three have gone into overtime.
Rank and File
Heading into the game against No. 4 Cornell, the Green and White are still in search of their first win against a ranked opponent this season. They are 0-4-2 when facing top-10 programs, erasing a two-goal third period deficit to draw a tie against No. 5 Boston College at Thompson Arena on Nov. 12. The Big Green twice erased one-goal deficits en route to a 2-2 tie with No. 3 Harvard on Feb. 1. The team's last win against a nationally-ranked foe was on Nov. 26, of last season as they topped No.10 Northeastern, 4-3, in overtime at home.
Scouting the Raiders
After splitting a road conference weekend against Princeton and Quinnipiac, Colgate returns to Hamilton where they are 4-8-2 this season. Over their last four home games the Raiders are 1-2-1, while being outscored, 9-6. The Raiders have allowed the most goals (99) of any team in the conference and have allowed the most power-play goals (31). Offensively, they are led by a pair of seniors, Brittany Phillips and Jenna Klynstra, who are tied for with a team-best 18 points. Phillips leads the squad with 11 goals, while Kylnstra has a team-high 13 assists. Sophomore Miriam Drubel leads the conference with three short-handed goals. Between the pipes, Ashlynne Rando has seen a majority of the time this season, going 7-11-3 with a 3.04 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. During her freshman campaign, Rando has earned ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week honors (Oct. 9) and Rookie of the Week (Dec. 4) honors once a piece.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell enters the weekend having earned points in eight of its last nine conference games. Last weekend, the Big Red split a road weekend against Quinnipiac and Princeton. On Friday, The Bobcats snapped the Big Red's eight game winning streak, handing them just their third conference loss of the season. On Saturday, they bounced back scoring a 4-1 triumph over the Tigers. Currently, the Big Red sit atop the Ivy League standings at 7-1-0 and they are tied with Clarkson for home advantage during the ECAC Hockey Tournament. The Big Red boast a potent offensive attack, leading the conference in goals (103), assists (170), goals per game (4.12) and short-handed goals (6). Cornell is led by Brianne Jenner, who leads the league in goals (28) and points (53). Jenner's linemate Jillian Saulnier leads the conference with 30 assists. Over the past four seasons, the Big Red have lost just one home Ivy League contest, which came against Dartmouth on Nov. 11, 2011, as Ali Winkel scored the game winner. In goal, junior Lauren Slebodnick is having an outstanding season, amassing a record of 17-5-0 with a save percentage of .921 and goals-against average of 1.51. Slebodnick earned Goaltender of the Week honors on Jan. 22.
Against the Teams Earlier this Season
Early in the season, Dartmouth welcomed the Raiders and Big Red into Thompson Arena on Nov. 23-24. The Big Green were only able to pick up a point going 0-1-1. Cornell scored a come-from-behind, 2-1, overtime victory as Jillian Saulnier scored the game-winning power-play marker. The next afternoon, Dartmouth battled back from a one-goal deficit twice en route to a 2-2 tie with Colgate. Sally Komarek and Reagan Fischer scored for the Big Green.
Dartmouth is 29-5-3 all-time against Colgate and 19-5-3 under head coach Mark Hudak. The Big Green are 41-27-6 all-time against the Big Red, while a posting a record of 13-7-1 during Hudak's tenure.