Dartmouth Set to Play No. 20 UNH in Manchester Saturday at 5 PM
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The Dartmouth men’s hockey team returns to action late Saturday afternoon with a 5 p.m. showdown against No. 20 New Hampshire at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The contest marks the return to the Queen City after the two in-state rivals played in Hanover last December as part of the 2012 Ledyard Classic.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green will have a short rest before Saturday’s game, having played on Wednesday night in Boston. Dartmouth and Boston University squared-off at Agganis Arena in the midweek battle with the visitors coming out on top, 4-2, in the non-conference affair. The Green got goals from Charlie Mosey, Brad Schierhorn, Nick Lovejoy and Eric Neiley and 26 saves from goaltender Charles Grant.
The Wildcats currently rank 20th in the USCHO national poll and are garnering votes in the USA Hockey weekly release thanks in large part to a win against Princeton in Florida and a home sweep of Nebraska Omaha last weekend. The three-game win streak pushed UNH’s record to 12-10-1 and has been part of a series of runs this season. The team has winless stretches of six (0-5-1) and three (0-3-0) contests, while also stringing together a six-game win streak to go along with the current run. Senior Kevin Goumas leads the team in assists (18) and points (26), with classmate Nick Sorkin posting a season-best 12 goals and ranking second in scoring (25). Casey DeSmith has been the goalie in the UNH crease more than three-quarters of the time in 2013-14, positing a 10-8-0 record to go along with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 19 appearances.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE WILDCATS
This will mark the 55th all-time meeting between the two Granite State Division I programs with UNH holding a 33-19-2 advantage. After 11 straight games between the two in Manchester (2000-01 to 2011-12), the series shifted back to Hanover last season for the 2012 Ledyard Classic. Then 10th-ranked Dartmouth knocked off No. 2 UNH, 4-1, in front of one of the largest crowds in the Thompson Arena history (4,500+). The Big Green have only played six games in Durham since the beginning of the 1980s, while the Wildcats have been to Hanover 10 times in that span, including last year’s match-up.
BATTLE FOR THE RIVERSTONE XIII(ISH)
The two Granite State foes will be once again be battling for the RiverStone on Saturday night. The first 11 meetings between the two were in Manchester were labeled as the Battle for the RiverStone before UNH played Merrimack in Manchester last year following the meeting with the Big Green taking place in Hanover. The Battle for the RiverStone XIII will mark the 12th time the game has been played between Dartmouth and New Hampshire.
In 11 previous RiverStone games, only four Dartmouth players have claimed MVP honors.
2013 - Trevor van Riemsdyk, UNH (vs. Merrimack)
2012 - Stevie Moses, UNH
2011 - Doug Jones, Dartmouth
2010 - Blake Kessel, Paul Thompson UNH
2009 - Jerry Pollastrone, UNH
2008 - J.T. Wyman, Dartmouth
2007 - Kevin Regan, UNH
2006 - Jacob Micflikier, UNH
2005 - Jarrett Sampson, Dartmouth
2004 - Mike Ayers & Steve Saviano, UNH
2003 - Dan Yacey, Dartmouth
2002 - Colin Hemingway, UNH
LOVEJOY LIGHTS THE LAMP
Senior Nick Lovejoy picked a great time to score his first career goal, breaking a 2-2 deadlock with 1:19 left in the second period Wednesday night that would eventually stand as the game winner. Lovejoy, a natural defenseman, was playing just his fourth game at forward at BU when he netted the winner with the primary assist coming from first cousin Kyle Nickerson.
Eric Neiley’s shorthanded goal in the third period was the first by a Dartmouth player since Jan. 18, 2013 when Matt Lindblad scored with Brown on a power play. Both goals were unassisted shorthanded breakaways.
MOSEY’S HOT HAND
Charlie Mosey continued his hot play with his third goal in the last four games. Mosey opted to fire a high shot over the blocker of Terriers’ goalie Sean Maguire in the final minute of the first period, rather than try and force a pass on a 2-on-1 rush with linemate Jesse Beamish. Jack Barre picked up the helper on the play, knocking the puck off the tape of a BU defender at the far blueline to spring Mosey the other way.
BOSTON GUYS IN BOSTON
Four Dartmouth players with local connections were in the lineup Wednesday against the Terriers. Junior Brandon McNally (Saugus), sophomores Connor Dempsey (Winthrop) and Nick Bligh (Milton) as well as freshman Kyle Nickerson (Weston) all suited up in front of family and friends. Nickerson was the lone player to record a point (an assist), while Bligh’s apparent goal late in the third period was called back to due to a goaltender interference call.
GRANITE STATE GUYS
Nick Lovejoy is the lone New Hampshire native on the Dartmouth roster this season, while UNH boasts four players from the Granite State. Collin Bourque (Goffstown), DeSmith (Rochester), Ryan Randall (Durham) and seventh-grader Andrew Silsby (Exeter) all come from New Hampshire and are on the Wildcat roster in 2013-14.
NO PPG? NO PROBLEM!
In all three of Dartmouth’s wins this season, the team has failed to register a power-play goal. Oddly enough, the Big Green have been one of the best teams with the man-up situation this season, but are 0-7-1 when scoring a PPG. The team is 3-4-1 when failing to notch a goal with the extra attacker.
Neiley’s 10 goals this season are not only a career high for the junior winger, but also would be good for the scoring lead on the team even if he didn’t have an assist to his credit. Neiley’s previous best for goals in a season was eight set as a sophomore in 2012-13.
STREAKS ON THE LINE
Both teams enter Saturday night’s game having not lost in their last three games. UNH bounced back from three straight losses with wins in each of its last three outings, while Dartmouth is 1-0-2 in its last trio of games following the win at BU and ties at Vermont and home against Northeastern.
GRANT’S SOLID PLAY
Charles Grant has now started eight straight games for the Big Green, a new collegiate best for the Nova Scotia native and the most by a Dartmouth goalie in the last three seasons. In that time, he is averaging 32 saves a game, has a .921 save percentage and a 2.70 goals-against average to go along with his 3-3-2 record.
Dartmouth was able to knock off BU for the second straight meeting (Jan. 15, 2008 – W, 3-2) for the first time since Nov. 26, 1980 and Jan. 6, 1982 with the 4-2 victory on Wednesday. The Big Green will be looking for the same against the Wildcats Saturday, a feat they have not accomplished since March 24, 1979 (W, 7-3 - NCAA Tournament Consolation Game in Detroit) and Jan. 22, 1980 (W, 7-4 – Durham). Both of those games featured current head coach Bob Gaudet between the pipes for the Green.
The Big Green will return home for a weekend series against ECAC Hockey rivals Colgate (Friday) and Cornell (Saturday) next weekend at Thompson Arena. Both games are set for 7 p.m. starts.