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Women's Hockey Hosts Yale and Brown on Senior Weekend

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By Gil Talbot

Friday: Yale (1-25-1, 1-18-1 ECAC) at Dartmouth (16-8-2, 12-6-2 ECAC)
Location: Hanover, N.H.
Date: Friday, February 17, 7 p.m.
Series Record: Dartmouth leads, 65-4-2

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Saturday: Brown (8-12-7, 5-11-4 ECAC) at Dartmouth (16-8-2, 12-6-2 ECAC)
Location: Hanover, N.H.
Date: Saturday, February 18, 4 p.m.
Series Record: Dartmouth leads, 38-28-8

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Game Notes

HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth women's hockey team split games at Union and Rensselaer this past weekend. At Union on Friday, the two teams entered the third period tied 0-0, but Dartmouth scored three goals in the final period to win 3-0. Senior Jenna Hobeika (Alpine, N.J.) led the charge, scoring her first goal nine minutes into the third. Hobeika added her second goal of the game three minutes later to push the lead to 2-0. The goals marked the sixth and seventh goals of the season for the forward.

On Saturday, the Big Green took a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the score didn't hold with RPI scoring four unanswered goals to take the game, 4-2.

The team enters the weekend fifth in ECAC Hockey. The Big Green are 16-8-2 overall, 12-6-2 in ECAC Hockey and are 4-3-1 in the Ivy League. After splitting two games this past weekend, the team needs a little help in order to secure home ice in the first round of the ECAC Tournament.   

Through 26 games, Dartmouth has had 18 players record a point, six skaters with double-digit points, 15 players with multiple points and 11 skaters with at least one goal and one assist. Junior Camille Dumais (Beaconsfield, Quebec) leads the team with 32 points on 11 goals and a team-best 21 assists. Foley is second on the team with 28 points on a team-high 16 goals and 12 assists. Senior Reagan Fischer (Irma, Alberta) ranks third with 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points. Junior Sasha Nanji (Markham, Ontario) leads the Big Green defensemen with 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points. Senior Jenna Hobeika (Alpine, N.J.) is fifth with 13 points on seven goals and six assists, and junior Margaux Sharp (Carleton Place, Ontario) is sixth with three goals and nine assists for 12 points. Karlee Odland (Vauxhall, Alberta) leads all freshmen with six points on three goals and three assists.

Sophomore Lindsay Holdcroft (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has played all but four games for Dartmouth. She has 524 saves, a .927 save percentage, a 1.865 goals against average, a 13-7-2 record and four shutouts in 1332:45 minutes.

The Big Green are averaging 2.92 goals per game, while allowing 2.08 goals against. The squad takes 31.3 shots per game and commits 4.00 penalties per game. Dartmouth is 20-for-126 on the power play, converting 15.9 percent of the time, and is 88-for-101 on the penalty kill at 87.1 percent.

This weekend the Dartmouth women's hockey team will be honoring the six seniors that make up the class of 2012. The group consists of five forwards and one defenseman. The group also includes the team's three captains in Foley, Fischer and Hobeika. Foley has appeared in 109 games and totaled 48 goals and 49 assists for 97 points. Fischer has played in 94 games and tallied 34 goals and 44 assists for 78 points. Hobeika has played in 97 games and has 51 points on 22 goals and 29 assists.

The other three seniors for the Big Green are Erica Dobos (Bethel Park, Pa.) Moira Scanlon (Chicago, Ill.) and Brittany Mills (Winchester, Mass.). Dobos has the most games played of any senior with 116. She also has 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points. Scanlon has split time between forward and defenseman and has appeared in 110 games with 16 points on eight goals and eight assists. Mills has played in 61 games and scored her first collegiate goal this season.

With the ECAC Hockey Tournament starting in one week, the 12 teams in the conference are competing to see who will get the final spot in the eight-team draw and which team will end with home games on the opening weekend.

Cornell (36 points) has clinched the top seed, holding a five-point lead on second-place Harvard with only two games remaining.

Harvard (31 points) and Clarkson (30 points) are separated by one point and are second and third. St. Lawrence (28 points) is fourth with the Big Green fifth (26 points). The Big Green can drop no lower than fifth and cannot get any higher than fourth. Dartmouth holds the tiebreaker over sixth-place Quinnipiac (22 points), but loses the tiebreaker to third-place Clarkson.

Princeton (18 points) currently is seventh with Brown and Rensselaer tied for eighth with 14 points. Colgate still has an outside shot of getting in with 12 points. Union and Yale have already been eliminated from making the tournament.

The top eight teams make the tournament with the top four hosting a best-of-three series on Feb. 24-26.

Dartmouth trails fourth-place St. Lawrence by two points entering the weekend. If the two teams end the regular season tied with the same number of wins, the tiebreaker would go to the conference's third tiebreaker, because the teams split their regular season series. The third tiebreaker in the conference is results against the top four teams in the conference. Dartmouth heads into the weekend 3-4-1 against the top four teams, and St. Lawrence is 2-4-1 entering the weekend.

The Big Green will not play a top four team this weekend, but the Saints will play at Cornell on Saturday. If Dartmouth wins both games this weekend and St. Lawrence loses at Cornell, then the Big Green would be the fourth seed. If Dartmouth wins both of its games and St. Lawrence wins at Cornell then the Big Green would be the fifth seed due to the fact that Dartmouth loses the fourth tiebreaker, results against the top eight teams, to the Saints.

In just her second season, Holdcroft has tied Kristen Bjork '85 for fifth on Dartmouth's all-time wins list with 31. Holdcroft earned her 31st career victory in the 3-0 shutout of Union. It marked the fourth shutout of the season for the Pittsburgh native and the eighth of her career. Amy Ferguson '03 holds the all-time record with 67 victories.  

A little friendly and teammate rivalry is going on with two Dartmouth forwards approaching the 100-point mark and seeing who can reach the plateau first. Foley has 97 points (48 goals & 49 assists) in 109 games and Dumais is right behind her with 95 points (39 goals & 56 assists) in 88 games.

This past weekend, each player recorded one point on the same play. Dumais scored the Big Green's second goal in the loss to RPI and Foley assisted on the goal. The players are looking to become the 33rd and 34th players in the history of the program to reach the century mark.

The Big Green have the third-lowest penalty minute per game average in the nation at 8.0. Brown has the second-lowest mark at 7.6 and Quinnipiac holds the lowest average at 7.3.

Yale enters Friday's game with a 1-25-1 record overall, is 1-18-1 in ECAC Hockey and is 0-8-0 in the Ivy League. The team is 12th in the ECAC with 3 points. The Bulldogs hosted Colgate and Cornell last weekend and went 0-1-1. Yale tied the Raiders on Friday, 1-1, and lost to the Big Red on Saturday, 6-1. The tie against Colgate ended a 19-game losing streak for the Bulldogs. The team still hasn't won since a 3-2 overtime victory at home against Union on Nov. 11.

Sophomore Jackie Raines and senior Aleca Hughes are tied for the team lead in points with 12. Raines has nine goals and three assists and Hughes has three goals and nine assists. Freshman Stephanie Mock is third on the team with two goals and seven assists for nine points.

In net, senior Genny Ladiges has played in 23 of Yale's 27 contests. She has 753 saves, an .891 save percentage, a 4.59 goals against average,and a 1-19-1 record in 1,203:48 minutes.

The Bulldogs are averaging 1.59 goals per game, while allowing 2.56 goals against. The team takes 21.7 shots per game and commits 5.00 penalties per game. On the power play, Yale is 10-for-109 (9.2 percent) and is 95-for-130 (73.1 percent) on the penalty kill.
It will be the 72nd meeting between the two teams on Friday. Dartmouth has dominated the series, 65-4-2. The two squads tied in the first meeting on January 27, 1978 in Hanover. The Big Green have won the last seven in the series. Last season, Dartmouth earned a 4-1 victory at home over Yale and a 2-1 win on the road. Earlier this season, Dartmouth earned a 6-0 shutout at Yale on Jan. 28.

Brown enters the weekend with an 8-12-7 record overall and are 5-11-4 in ECAC Hockey. The Bears are tied with Rensselaer for eighth in the conference with 14 points. Quinnipiac went 1-1 last weekend, hosting Syracuse on Friday and Saturday. Brown went 1-1 last weekend in its final home games of the regular season. The team lost to Cornell on Friday, 5-0, but bounced back with a 3-2 victory over Colgate on Saturday. The win against the Raiders ended a five-game losing streak for the Bears.

Senior Katelyn Landry leads the team in points with 19 on seven goals and 12 assists. Freshman Sarah Robson is second with 10 goals and six assists for 16 points. Junior Alena Polenska and sophomore Jessica Hoyle are tied for third with 13 points. Each player has five goals and eight assists.

In net, junior Katie Jamieson and sophomore Aubree Moore have split time with each starting one game the last two weekends. Jamieson has played in 14 games, has 380 saves, a .922 save percentage, a 2.66 goals against average, a 4-7-2 record and two shutouts in 722:10 minutes. Moore has played in 17 games, has 462 saves, a .937 save percentage, a 1.99 goals against average and a 4-5-5 record in 934:25 minutes.

The Bears are averaging 2.11 goals per game, while allowing 2.41 goals against. The team takes 25.3 shots per game and commits 3.80 penalties per games. On the power play, Brown is 15-for-104 (14.4 percent) and is 80-for-100 (80.0 percent) on the penalty kill.

The two Ivy League foes will match up for the 75th time in their history.  Brown won the first contest at home on January 13, 1979. The Bears won the first four before the Big Green earned their first victory in the series in 1982. The two teams have gone back and forth throughout the series with Dartmouth gaining the edge recently. The squad holds a 38-28-8 advantage over Brown and have gained the series lead by winning the last 11 contests. Earlier this season, the Big Green earned a 3-1 victory at Brown on Jan. 27.