2013-14 Season Opener
Dartmouth Big Green at
No. 2 Boston College
Oct. 20, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Kelley Rink (7,884)
After more then a seven-month layover, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team returns to action, traveling to the Bay State to face No. 2 Boston College on Sunday afternoon. The Big Green open the season on the road at Chestnut Hill for the second time in the last three years. Back in the 2011-12 opener, the Eagles bested the Green and White, 4-3, thanks to a game winner from, then, freshman Emily Field with just two seconds remaining in regulation. This is the third straight year head coach Mark Hudak’s squad will begin their slate away from Hanover.
HOW LAST SEASON ENDED
The team from the Upper Valley ended the season with a pair of shutout losses to Harvard in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. The Big Green lost the first game, 4-0, and the second, 3-0, as the Crimson advanced to the Semifinals. In all three trips to Cambridge a year ago the potent Dartmouth attack was held scoreless. The Green are looking for their first win in Massachusetts since defeating Providence on Jan. 10, 2012, at Fenway Park.
Under Hudak, Dartmouth has played in the conference tournament nine times, won the league title twice and played in the championship game three times. The 11th year coach has led the team to the NCAA tournament six times, advancing to the Frozen Four twice. The last two seasons, the team has exited the conference postseason tournament in the first round.
RANK AND FILE
Heading into the tilt with No. 2 BC, the Big Green are still in search of their first win against a ranked opponent in nearly two years. They were 0-7-3 when facing top-10 programs in 2012-13. The team’s last win against a nationally-ranked foe was on Nov. 26, of 2011 as they topped No.10 Northeastern, 4-3, in overtime at home.
Dartmouth lost four-of-the-top-five leading scorers from last season to graduation and looks to a strong core of freshman to pick up where the Class of 2016 left off. The youthful Big Green go from having eight players with at least 100 games under their belt last season to zero this season. Of the 20 players on the roster, 13 are underclassmen, as senior co-captain Ali Winkel and Lindsay Holdcroft look to lead the team through the ups and downs of ECAC Hockey and Ivy League play. The offense has to fill the void left by the Class of 2013 as last year’s seniors accounted for 48 of the team’s 84 goals (57.1%).
The Green and White boast a strong core of second-year players led by Laura Stacey. Through the first 28 games of her collegiate career the Kleinburg, Ontario, native has eight tallies and a team-leading 14 assists. Stacey had five multi-point games as a freshman and she was the top-scoring freshman in Ivy League games. Her 22 points were the most for a first-year player for the Big Green since Camille Dumais in 2009. In fact, Stacey’s 22 points are the most in a career of any player on the roster. Other sophomores looking to pick up where they left off are Ailish Forfar and Lindsey Allen. Forfar was twice named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week in 2012-13 and lead all freshmen in the conference with three game-winning goals, while Allen ranked fourth on the team in goals (7), fifth in points (17) and was tied for third with two game-winning tallies. She also played a big part on the power-play unit, netting three goals and setting up two others.
HOLDING DOWN THE FORT
Lindsay Holdcroft played well between the pipes for the Green and White during her junior campaign, picking up four shutouts with a goals-against average of 2.11 and a save percentage of .914 with a record of 15-9-5. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native is climbing up the career record books for Dartmouth, as she currently ranks in the top-five all-time in wins (47), saves (1,842), goals-against average (2.12) and save percentage (.914).
CLASS of 2017
Dartmouth has seven new faces on the roster as freshmen Robyn Chemago, Eleni Tebano, Mackenzie St. Onge, Kennedy Ottenbreit, Devon Moir, Katy Ratty and Emma Korbs join the Big Green. Four forwards are making their collegiate debut as Moir, Ottenbreit, St. Onge and Ratty are looking to make an impact this winter. Korbs and Tebano look to see plenty of action on the blue line while Chemago adds depth at the goaltending position.
WITH THE MAN-ADVANTAGE
Dartmouth’s power play broke out in the finale against St. Lawrence. The Big Green converted four of their seven man-advantage opportunities. The Green and White have now scored power-play goals in three of their last four games. The four man-advantage markers against the Saints equaled the Big Green’s total over their previous nine games. The team is 7-for-21 over the last four games when a skater up.
Last season, the Green and White’s penalty killers ended on a strong run, killing 10-of-15 penalties over the final four contests. They killed off 58-of-65 power-play chances over the last 14 games. The special teams ranked third in ECAC Hockey, killing 87.9% of opponents’ man-advantage opportunities in 2012-13. They were also the fourth-most penalized team in the league with 320 penalty minutes through 31 games.
FIRST 40 MINUTES
The key for the Big Green is to hold a lead after 40 minutes of play. When leading through two periods a year ago, the Green and White were 15-0-1. RPI was the only team all year to battle back from a second-period deficit against the Green and White to earn a point. On the other hand, when trailing after two periods Dartmouth was 0-5-1. When the team was tied after two periods they were 1-2-4. The Big Green haven’t won when trailing after two periods since Feb. 27, 2011, when they rallied to beat Clarkson, 4-3, in overtime.
600 & COUNTING
The 7-2 senior day victory over St. Lawrence on Feb. 23 2013, was the 600th in program history. In their 37th season, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team has averaged more than 16 wins a year since its inception as Hudak has been at the helm for 196 of those triumphs.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Boston College opened the year with three straight wins before falling to Hockey Easy rival New Hampshire, 3-1, on Wednesday. The Eagles topped Maine, 5-1, and then swept a weekend of games versus St. Lawrence. Heading into their Saturday matinee against Yale, the Eagles have outscored their opponents, 13-7. Through the first four games the penalty kill has been feast or famine for BC, they’ve scored three goals, but allowed a trio of power-play tallies as well. In the midweek tilt with UNH, the Wildcats got on the board first netting two goals in the opening period and never looked back. Haley Skarupa put Boston College on the board with four seconds left in the first period, but BC was unable to score of the final 40 minutes. The Eagles boast a talented one-two punch on their offensive attack as Skarupa and Andie Anastos have combined to score nine of the team’s 13 goals. Skarupa has six goals, highlighted by a hat trick against St. Lawrence while Anastos has three goals and an assist. Between the pipes, Corrine Boyles has started all four contests with a save percentage of .935 and a goals-against average of 1.76. The Wheaton, Ill., native has also turned aside 42 of the 46 shots she’s faced.
LAST MEETING WITH BOSTON COLLEGE
The Big Green and the Eagles met on Nov. 12, 2012 in Hanover. BC broke a 1-1 tie in the second period, scoring two unanswered goals. In the third period, Reagan Fischer potted two markers for the Big Green to tie the game at three. Megan Miller made 28 saves for Boston College while Holdcroft made 22 for the Big Green.
Dartmouth is 25-4-3 all-time against Boston College and 5-3-2 under Hudak.