Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 | 7:00 PM
|Opponent||Princeton 7-8-1, 3-6-1 ECAC
||No. 15 Quinnipiac 11-8-2, 6-4-1 ECAC|
|Last Meeting||11.12.16 | T, 2-2/OT | Princeton||11.11.16 | L, 6-3 | Hamden|
|Video||ILDN / ESPN3||ILDN|
|Radio||WTSL 94.5 FM/1400 AM (ESPN Radio)|
| On the Call
||Radio: PBP: Adam Giardino COLOR: Michael Kaiser ’18
ESPN3 (Friday only): PBP: Rob Kennedy COLOR: Carl Lovejoy
|In-Game Twitter||@Dartmouth_MIH / @puhockey||@Dartmouth_MIH / @QU_MIH|
| Notes: PDF / Web
||Princeton Preview / Notes||QU Preview / Notes|
|Tickets||Dartmouth Ticket Office|
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The Dartmouth men’s hockey team will host ECAC Hockey foes Princeton and No. 15 Quinnipiac this weekend at Thompson Arena. The pair of games will close out a five-game homestand of sorts as the Big Green have not played a road contest since Dec. 3.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth is coming off a 0-1-1 weekend at the Ledyard Classic with a 2-2 tie against Army and a 7-4 loss in the championship game to No. 7 UMass Lowell. Although it goes down in the official record books as a 2-2 draw with the Cadets, the Green and White advanced to the tournament’s title tilt with a 1-0 shootout victory thanks to a goal from junior Corey Kalk and three stops from netminder Devin Buffalo. The following evening saw the home team battle, before eventually falling as the River Hawks broke the tie in the third and added a pair of late empty-net goals.
Few teams are as hot as the Princeton Tigers are right now. Or at least were heading into the holiday break. The Tigers won seven-of-nine before dispersing for the mid-season interval. Included in that stretch was a two-game sweep of travel partner Quinnipiac, a sweep of Bemidji State on the road, an OT win against RPI and a split with Minnesota State. As part of that run, sophomore Max Veronneau (6-10—16) was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Month, while freshman Jack Cressey (3-9—12) was tabbed as the conference’s top rookie in December. Overall, Princeton is 7-8-1 with a 3-6-1 mark in conference games.
Like the Big Green, the Bobcats also played in a holiday tournament. Quinnipiac went out to Pittsburgh for the Three Rivers Classic at PPG Paints Arena, defeating Boston College, 3-1, in a rematch of last year’s Frozen Four semifinal, but fell, 5-2, to the hosts from Robert Morris in the championship. The once-mighty Bobcats are in the midst of a mid-season drought — thanks in large part to a trip to Northern Ireland and a sweep at the hands of Princeton — and have fallen to 15th in the national polls following a 2-4-1 stretch in the last seven dating back to late November. QU is 11-8-2 overall and is third in ECAC Hockey standings with a 6-4-1 league mark.
AGAINST THESE TEAMS
Dartmouth was dealt a 6-3 loss in Hamden on Nov. 11 on the strength of Quinnipiac’s 3-for-9 showing on the power play. Buffalo made a career-high 48 saves as the Bobcats outshot the Big Green, 54-24. The following night in Princeton saw the Tigers come back to force a 2-2 tie. Dartmouth’s defense played nearly two-thirds of the game with just four skaters as Clay Han left early with an injury and Josh Hartley was given a game misconduct near the start of the second period.
NO JINXING, PLEASE!
There has been a great level of success against Princeton at Thompson Arena recently. The Big Green are currently in the midst of a seven-game home unbeaten streak against the Tigers dating back to a 5-3 loss on Jan. 30, 2010. Since that defeat, Dartmouth is 6-0-1 against its Ivy rivals from New Jersey, including five straight wins.
Han netted his second goal of the season in the middle frame against UML last Saturday night. Since his first goal came against UNH with the netminder pulled, this most recent tally marked Dartmouth’s first by a defender against an opposing team’s netminder all season. That figure ballooned to two as sophomore Cam Roth notched the first goal of his career just 41 seconds later to help pull the home team even, 3-3.
BACK AT IT IN THE IVY LEAGUE
Friday’s game will mark just the third against an Ivy League opponent this season. Dartmouth is 0-0-2 in those games with the aforementioned 2-2 tie with Princeton and a 1-1 draw against Cornell in just the second contest of the season on Nov. 4.
HAPPIER AT HOME
The Big Green were without a home loss in their first five home games of 2016-17. That 3-0-2 stretch to start the season ended with the loss to UMass Lowell. The last team to beat Dartmouth in Thompson Arena was Colgate in Game 2 of last year’s first-round series. Since then, though, the Raiders have lost four straight in Hanover.
SO LONG 2016… YOU WERE GOOD TO US
With January comes a look back at the year gone by. Dartmouth enjoyed success in 2016, reaching the ECAC Hockey Semifinal for the first time in five years after a remarkable run in the league postseason.
Scoring Leaders in 2016
Team Stats (2015-16/2016-17)
Games: 37 (24/13)
Wins: 19 (15/4)
Losses: 15 (9/6)
Ties: 3 (0/3)
PPG: 14 (9/5)
SHG: 2 (0/2)
- Thanks to his two goals against UMass Lowell, freshman Daniel Warpecha finished with an ECAC Hockey-leading four goals in the month of December.
- In fact, no other team got more goals from its rookie class than the eight notched by the Big Green freshman. Princeton — Friday’s opponent — was the next closest with five. Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Cornell, St. Lawrence and Quinnipiac — Saturday’s opponent— each had just one goal from their rookies in the final month of 2016.
- Dartmouth was fourth nationally in the month in goals tallied by freshmen, trailing only Maine (12), Army West Point (10) and Alaska (9) and tied with Minnesota State (8).
THAT WAS FAST!
Only twice this season has Dartmouth scored two goals in less than a minute and both of them came in the Ledyard Classic.
- Corey Kalk (17:23) and Cam Strong (18:09) netted the lone two goals of the game for the home team just 46 seconds apart in the second period on Friday night.
- That time for the fastest two goals lasted less than 24 hours as Han (9:45) and Roth (10:26) bested it by seconds with a pair just 41 seconds apart.
THE THING ABOUT HAT TRICKS
Dartmouth has allowed two hat tricks against this year with several odd connections between the two instances.
- Both came against teams ranked No. 7 at the time: Quinnipiac (Nov. 11) and UMass Lowell (Dec. 31).
- Both were to players whose last name is Smith: Landon (Quinnipiac) and C.J. (UML).
- Those two players faced off against one another in the NCAA Tournament last season: Quinnipiac defeated UML, 4-1, in the East Regional Final. (Landon Smith scored in the game)
“RED-HOT” POWER PLAY
Dartmouth was 0-for-43 on the power play in the first seven games of the season, culminating in an 0-for-3 night at Robert Morris. In the six games since, starting with the second Robert Morris game on Nov. 27, the Big Green are 5-for-24 (20.8%), including goals with the man-advantage in each of the last three games.
SECOND-HALF TEAM… IN A MONTH
Dartmouth always seems to figure it out in the second half of the season recently and makes a run in a month’s time. Last season, the team went 8-2 in January, while going 9-2 in February during 2014-15. The previous year also saw the Green turn it on in February, posting a 5-1 mark in the second month of 2014.
The Dartmouth Athletics Department and men’s hockey program ask for your cooperation on Friday night. Please refrain from throwing items onto the ice that can injure student-athletes from either team. Also, any items (including tennis balls) thrown on the ice after Dartmouth’s second goal, or subsequent goals, can result in penalties against the Big Green.
A letter from Athletic Director Harry Sheehy regarding Friday night’s game with Princeton. pic.twitter.com/aCVJ7Aogu1— Dartmouth Hockey (@Dartmouth_MIH) January 5, 2017
- Saturday’s game will be carried live on both the Ivy League Digital Network as well as ESPN3 for those with it included as part of their cable packages. Rob Kennedy will handle play-by-play duties with color analysis coming from Carl Lovejoy, father of former Dartmouth players Ben ’06 and Nick ’14.
- Dartmouth men’s hockey games will now be carried on ESPN Radio WTSL 94.5FM/1400AM this season. Adam Giardino will handle play-by-play duties this weekend with Michael Kaiser ’18 adding color commentary.
- Fans are encouraged to follow the team’s official Twitter account for in-game updates and insights: @Dartmouth_MIH.
Dartmouth will head to New York’s Capital Region next week to take on 10th-ranked Union on Friday night in Schenectady and Rensselaer in Troy the following evening.