Dartmouth (3-12-2, 2-8-0) vs.
RV Colgate (9-9-1, 5-3-1)

▶ Fri., Jan. 17, 2014 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
Thompson Arena (4,500)
All-Time Series: 45-42-5
Last Meeting: Feb. 16, 2013 - W, 5-4 (Hanover)
Streak: 1-0-0
Dartmouth (3-12-2, 2-8-0) vs.
No. 12 Cornell (8-4-3, 4-3-2 )

▶ Sat., Jan. 18, 2014 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
Thompson Arena (4,500)
All-Time Series: 43-79-4
Last Meeting: Feb. 15, 2013 - L, 4-2 (Hanover)
Streak: 0-7-2

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2013-14 Digital Press Box

The Dartmouth men’s hockey team returns home for a pair of games against Colgate and No. 12 Cornell this weekend at Thompson Arena. The final two ECAC Hockey teams to make their first appearance on the Big Green’s 2013-14 schedule, the Raiders and Big Red will both take to the ice in Hanover for 7 p.m. tilts.

Dartmouth played its final non-conference game of the season last Saturday night in Manchester against in-state rival and 20th-ranked New Hampshire in the Battle for the RiverStone XIII. Despite an early lead and a late goal to tie the game, the Big Green fell to the Wildcats, 4-2. The Green and White got tallies from sophomore Brad Schierhorn and junior Charlie Mosey.

One of the hottest teams in the country, Colgate comes into Hanover fourth in the ECAC Hockey standings with 11 points and a 5-3-1 record. Overall, the team is 9-9-3 after a tie (and shootout win) against No. 1 Minnesota and a win against No. 2 Ferris State on consecutive days at the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis and, most recently, a 3-2 home victory against Vermont. A skilled sophomore class boasts the team’s top five scorers with Mike Borkowski leading the way with 19 points and a team-leading 13 assists. Classmate Darcy Murphy is third on the team in points (15), but his 11 goals are three more than any other player. The goaltending situation seems to be headed in the direction that favors freshman Charlie Finn, who was named the league’s Player and Rookie of the Week after his strong play in the Gopher State. Finn is 6-4-2 this season with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.

Dartmouth holds the slight 45-42-5 edge in the 92 previous meetings. The last three contests played between the two have all ended with one team earning a 5-4 victory.  The most recent of those came on Feb. 16, 2013 in Hanover with the Big Green getting the ‘W’ thanks to Eric Neiley’s power-play goal with 5:49 remaining in regulation to break the 4-4 tie.

The Big Red make the trip to Hanover after an unusual set of circumstances gave them last weekend off. A mechanical issue at Lynah Rink caused Cornell’s game with UMass on Saturday night to be cancelled. Like Colgate, Cornell is led offensively by one dominant class as four juniors sit atop the team’s scoring lead. Joel Lowry and John McCarron share the lead with 17 points apiece, while Brian Ferlin’s 16 points are aided by his team-leading eight goals. Andy Iles continues to be the go-to goalie for head coach Mike Schafer and his staff, as the senior netminder has played all but one of the Big Red’s 15 games. Cornell is the final ECAC team to play Dartmouth for the first time this season and currently sits fifth in the league standings with 10 points on a 4-3-2 record. Overall, the Red are 8-4-3.

The longest current winless draught against any ECAC Hockey team for Dartmouth falls at the feet of the Big Red. The Green last beat a Cornell team on Feb. 20, 2010, a 5-4 victory in Hanover. Since then, the team is 0-7-2 against the Red, including an 0-1-1 mark last season. Dartmouth used a last-minute goal in Ithaca to salvage a 1-1 tie, before falling to its Ivy League foe in a February home tilt, 4-2.

Few players have been enjoying the level of offensive success that junior center Charlie Mosey has of late. Mosey has goals in four of the last five games, including one in each of the last two contests against BU and UNH. Mosey entered the season with just two goals to his credit, a figure he doubled since Christmas in addition to another earlier in the year (5).

If Mosey is putting the puck in the net regularly, he is doing so with the help of his linemates, junior Jesse Beamish and sophomore Jack Barre. The trio of forwards all have five points since the start of the second half of the season (Dec. 29), more than any other players on the roster. Beamish has a goal and four helpers in that time, while Barre has five assists. All Barre’s assists have been on the five combined goals scored by Mosey and Beamish.

With the conclusion of the UNH game and five straight against Hockey East foes, the remainder of the Dartmouth schedule is ECAC Hockey opponents.

In seven non-conference games this season (which include games against Brown and Princeton), Dartmouth averaged 3.1 goals per contest, a quarter of a goal better than its 2.76 average in all 17 contests to this point. Eric Neiley led the team in goals (5), power-play goals (2), shorthanded tallies (1) and was tied with Jack Barre for the scoring lead as each had six points. Barre’s five assists were a team-best mark to go along with his first career goal, the team’s first of the season on Oct. 25 against Princeton. The Big Green also averaged 31.9 shots per game and were 16.7% (4-24) on the power play in those seven games.

Brad Schierhorn redirected a Grant Opperman shot into the back of the net just 1:07 into the contest against UNH. The goal was the fastest of the season for Dartmouth and just the second of the year to come in the first two minutes of any period. Ryan Bullock’s goal at 0:56 of the second period at Union (Dec. 11) remains the fastest Big Green goal to start a frame in 2013-14.

Opperman and Schierhorn continue to be the team’s top contributors on the first goals. Each player has six points on Dartmouth’s first goals of games this season, more than any other member of the team.

Like last year, Dartmouth has been hampered by injuries. To this point in the season, nine players have combined for 45 man-games lost to injuries. The list of players includes: Eric Robinson (15), James Kruger (10), Troy Crema (5), Taylor Boldt (4), Tyler Sikura (3), Tim O’Brien (3), Charles Grant (2), Nick Bligh (2) and Brett Patterson (1).

The Big Green have failed to score a power-play goal since a 2-for-4 showing against Northeastern on Dec. 30. In the most recent outing, Dartmouth had just one man-advantage opportunity against UNH. That one chance was shortened as the Wildcat player was called for a trip with the Green and White already playing shorthanded. In the midweek game against BU, four straight penalties were called against Dartmouth between the second and third periods.

Cornell remains the last conference opponent to play Dartmouth this season. Including Saturday night’s tilt, six Ivy League games remain on the schedule with four of those at Thompson Arena.

The Green will be back out on the road next weekend for one game at RPI. Since Dartmouth and Union have already completed their season series, the trip to the Capital District will feature just the lone Friday night contest against the Engineers in Houston Field House.