Dartmouth (4-3-2) vs. vs. #10/9 Northeastern (9-5-2)
Wednesday, Dec. 5 - 7 PM
Boston, Mass. - Matthews Arena (5,400)
Dartmouth will look to get back on the right track when it travels to Boston for a midweek non-conference match-up with No. 9 Northeastern. The two will meet Wednesday night at Matthew's Arena for a 7 p.m. puck drop.
The Big Green will look to move on past its 6-0 loss Friday night at No. 5 Harvard in Cambridge. The loss dropped the team's record to 4-3-2 overall, 3-3-1 in ECAC Hockey play and 3-2 in Ivy League contests. It was the first time they had been shutout this season and the first time since the final game of last year when they fell to St. Lawrence, 2-0, in Game 2 of their ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals series.
AGAINST THE BEST
In keeping with the recent tradition of playing the nation's top teams, Dartmouth will play its fourth game against a top-10 team in its last five when it steps on the ice Wednesday. Northeastern is No. 9 in the most recent USCHO Division I women's poll. Meetings with No. 5 Boston College, No. 2 Cornell, No. 5 Harvard and now the 10th-ranked Huskies have been part of one of the toughest stretches the Green will face all year.
Coming into the game, the Huskies are 9-5-2 overall after a weekend split with New Hampshire. The team's current 5-4-1 mark in Hockey East contests have it fourth in the league standings with 11 points. Sophomore Kendall Coyne leads in scoring with 29 points as her 14 goals and 15 assists are also good for team-leading figures through just 14 games played this season. Senior Casey Picket also has posted more than 20 points already as she has 12 goals and 10 assists.
In goal, sophomore Chloe Desjardins has seen 95.6% of the action, posting a 2.20 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
All-time vs. Northeastern, Dartmouth is just 8-26-3. Under Mark Hudak, the Big Green are 1-0-0 against the Huskies as the two met last season in Hanover with the home team taking the 4-3 overtime win. Sally Komarek scored the winner just 51 seconds into the extra session with Lisa Berreman and Camille Dumais picking up the helpers. Katie Milligan earned her first career win in the game, stopping 29 shots, including two very early in the OT period.
Against the Crimson, Dartmouth was thwarted 10 times with the man-advantage. The 0-for-10 performance dropped the Green's power play to 14.9% (7-47) overall this season, but did come at the hands of the second-best penalty killing unit in the country (Harvard is 32-34 / 94.1%).
It seems like lately every game has seen a Dartmouth player reach the century mark for games played. Friday against Harvard was no different as Sasha Nanji's total hit triple digits. Barring a shakeup in the lineup, forward Jessica Gagner will reach the milestone Wednesday at Matthews, while Komarek will get there Saturday afternoon at Maine.
Despite the score, the Big Green were only outshot, 27-26, by the Crimson Friday night. Three times this season Dartmouth has been outshot by the opposition and is 0-2-1 in those outings. However, the team is 4-0-1 when attempting more shots than its opponents.
ON THE ROAD... AGAIN
The Big Green are in the midst of their eight-game road trip with their second straight away from Thompson Arena coming Wednesday night in Boston. The entire road swing from start to finish will stretch the course of 42 days through a Jan. 9 contest in Burlington at Vermont.
Following the midweek meeting with Northeastern, Dartmouth will head north, but not to Hanover, rather playing its final two games before the winter break in Orono, Maine, this weekend. Saturday and Sunday will see the Big Green square off with the Black Bears at Alfond Arena as both games are slated for 3 p.m. starts.