North Country Foes Make Trip to Hanover to Face No. 12 Big Green
No. 12 Dartmouth (10-6-2, 6-4-1 ECAC) vs. St. Lawrence (9-10-3, 2-5-3 ECAC)
▶ Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Thompson Arena (4,500)
▶ All-Time Series: St. Lawrence, 53-32-3 (89th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: March 3, 2012 (Canton) - W, 4-1
▶ Streak: 2-0-0
No. 12 Dartmouth (10-6-2, 6-4-1 ECAC) vs. Clarkson (4-12-6, 3-5-2 ECAC)
▶ Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Thompson Arena (4,500)
▶ All-Time Series: Clarkson, 66-24-7 (98th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Feb. 24, 2012 (Hanover) - W, 6-4
▶ Streak: 1-0-0
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The Dartmouth men's hockey team returns to Thompson Arena this weekend to take on St. Lawrence and Clarkson in Friday and Saturday night match-ups. Both games are set for 7 p.m. puck drops.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green split last weekend on the road with a 4-2 win at Brown before falling to Yale Saturday night in New Haven by the same score. The team held a lead for much of the game with the Bears, while spending a majority of the contest with the Bulldogs battling back to try and even the score, coming up just short in the end.
WHERE WE RANK THIS WEEK
The loss at Yale dropped the Green down one spot in the USCHO poll to No. 12 and two spots in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll to No. 13. The current placement in the latter rankings is the lowest for the team since cracking the top-20 in early November.
4 GOALS, 4 WAYS
Against Brown, Dartmouth scored four goals in four different ways from four different players. Tim O'Brien scored an even-strength goal, Matt Lindblad scored shorthanded, Eric Robinson registered a marker on the power play and Brandon McNally added an empty-netter.
Robinson's power-play marker 1:27 into the second period at Meehan Auditorium was his first goal since the opening minutes of the third period on Nov. 16 at Colgate. Despite the two-month goalless stretch, Robinson's marker on Friday night in Providence was his team-leading ninth of 2012-13.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
- After five meetings in 2011-12, Friday night's game is the first of 2012-13 for Dartmouth and St. Lawrence. The Saints make the trip to Hanover with a 9-10-3 overall mark, but just a 2-5-3 record in league games. With just the seven points in ECAC Hockey action, the team is tied with Colgate for 10th in the standings. In its lone game last weekend, the Saints played to a 3-3 tie with rival Clarkson on the road in Potsdam.
- Despite the below .500 record, St. Lawrence has the most dynamic offensive talents in the league as junior Greg Carey (14-16-30) and senior Kyle Flanagan (11-18-29) are the two top point-producers in ECAC Hockey.
- Matt Weninger has played 97.1% of the time in the St. Lawrence net this year, leading the league in saves (620), shots faced (681) as well as goals allowed (81), while posting a 2.82 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
AGAINST THE SAINTS
These two teams played two conference games a year ago with the visitors winning each. The Saints claimed the 2011 Ledyard Classic title with a shootout win over the Big Green after the two played to a 2-2 non-conference draw on New Year's Eve. In the postseason match-up in Canton, Dartmouth swept St. Lawrence with two wins at Appleton Arena, the first time the Saints failed to win at least one playoff game in a home series since the arena opened in 1951.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
- Clarkson is struggling this year with just four wins in 22 games played (4-12-6). However, three of those four victories have come against league foes as the 3-5-2 mark has the Golden Knights tied for eighth in the standings. The 3-3 tie with the Saints last Saturday night at home snapped a five-game losing streak that dated back to mid-December for the team. Half of Clarkson's wins season have come at the expense of their rivals from Canton as they are 2-0-1 (including a non-conference win) against SLU.
- Offensively, the team is led by junior Allan McPherson and his 17 points (4-13-17). A trio of players has scored a team-leading seven goals as well, with Pat Megannety adding seven helpers for second on the team in scoring with 14 points.
- Greg Lewis has stepped up to fill the void in goal left by the graduation of Paul Karpowich following last year. Lewis has played more than 85% of the time in goal and is 4-10-5 with a .903 save percentage and a 2.80 GAA.
Last season, the home team won both contests in the match-up between Clarkson and Dartmouth. The 4-0 win by the Golden Knights on Nov. 18, 2011 still remains the last time the Big Green were shutout in a game, a run that has reached 43 straight games entering the weekend.
POTENT IN PROVIDENCE
Knocking off the Bears in their home rink is nothing new to the Green and White. Dartmouth has not lost at Meehan to any opponent since Feb. 22, 2007, a streak of 5-0-1 in that time (Oct. 26, 2012 - T, 2-2 vs. Yale).
LATE FOR LAST
Last season, the final two ECAC Hockey teams yet to appear on the Big Green schedule were RPI and Union on Jan. 6-7, nearly three weeks before the last two teams appear on this year's slate of games.
ONE MONTH AND 10 GAMES FEWER
By knocking off Brown Friday, Jan. 18, the Big Green won their 10th game of the season in their 17th outing. Last year, Dartmouth also won its 10th game of the season at Brown, but with that victory coming on Feb. 18 in the 27th overall team contest.
FASTEST TO 10
Winning 10 games in 17 overall tries this season is the second fastest occurrence to reach double-digit wins in the last 13 years. The 2008-09 team won its 10th in the 16th try (10-6-0). The 2012-13 and 2010-11 Big Green squads both posted 10-5-2 marks in doing so.
When allowing teams to score three or fewer goals this season, Dartmouth is 9-3-2. In contrast, when surrendering four or more in a contest, the Big Green are just 1-3-0, including the loss at Yale on Jan. 19.
Assists on power-play goals from Eric Robinson at Brown and Eric Neiley at Yale, sophomore Tyler Sikura continued to push his scoring streak to 10 straight games with at least a point. After a three-point night in Providence, Lindblad saw his scoring stretch end at nine games with nothing on the scoresheet at Ingalls.
The road has not been kind to Dartmouth in 2012-13. The team is just 2-5-1 away from Hanover this season with both victories coming at Meehan.
TAKE MORE PENALTIES
Despite being one of the least penalized teams in the nation (9.4, 55th) and with one of the best penalty kills (90.9%, 3rd), Dartmouth may want to take more penalties moving forward. When the Big Green are called for the same number or more infractions than their opponents, they are 9-1-0. When called for fewer penalties, Dartmouth is just 1-5-2 this season.
PLAY THE THIRD LIKE THE FIRST TWO
The Green are a combined +17 in goal differential in the first and second periods (40-23) this season, while a -1 in the third period (17-18). They are also a -1 in three OT games.
JUMP UP IN THE PLAY
Sophomore Rick Pinkston became the first Dartmouth defender to score a goal in 2013 when he banged home a rebound in the final minute of the second period at Ingalls. It was his second of the season and the first since Nov. 24 at Boston College. Freshman Ryan Bullock's first career marker 11:19 into the first period against UNH on Dec. 30 was the last time a Big Green defender netted a goal.
THEY LIKE HOME GAMES
- Junior netminder Cab Morris has a league-best .857 home winning percentage in 2012-13, posting a 6-1 record at Thompson with one shutout and allowing 11 goals, sixth fewest among starting goalies. His .938 home save percentage ranks fourth best in the league.
- Sikura also likes playing at Thompson. Of 24 total points this season, 16 have come in the team's nine home games. That is the second-best total of any player in the conference, trailing only Colgate's Robbie Bourdon (17). No one in ECAC Hockey has more assists on home ice than Sikura's 11.
VOTE FOR HOBEY
Last week saw fan voting open up for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to college hockey's best player. Dartmouth has two nominees on this season's fan ballot as both Matt Lindblad and Tyler Sikura make their first appearances.
IVY LEAGUE UPDATE
Dartmouth remains in first in Ivy League standings with a 4-2-1 record and nine points. Yale's four-point weekend cut the deficit to one as it has eight points on a 4-1-0 record. Dartmouth and Harvard have both played seven Ivy games thus far, two more than any other team.