Big Green Hit the Road to Take On Princeton and Quinnipiac
Dartmouth (0-6-0, 0-4-0 ECAC) vs.
Princeton (1-6-0, 0-4-0 ECAC)
▶ Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Princeton, N.J.
▶ Hobey Baker Rink (2,092)
▶ All-Time Series: 93-84-16 (194th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Oct. 25, 2013 (Newark) - L, 3-2 (OT)
▶ Streak: 0-2-1
Dartmouth (0-6-0, 0-4-0 ECAC) vs.
No. 5/6 Quinnipiac (9-1-1, 3-0-1 ECAC)
▶ Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Hamden, Conn.
▶ TD Bank Sports Center (3,286)
▶ All-Time Series: 7-12-1 (21st Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: March 2, 2013 (Hanover) - L, 4-1
▶ Streak: 0-3-0
Radio: WFRD 99.3 (iHeartRadio) / DartmouthSports.com
Play-by-Play: Chris Garrett
Live Stats: DartmouthSports.com
Live Video: IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com and QuinnipiacBobcats.com
2013-14 Media Materials
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team will play its first two true roads games of the season this weekend when its travels to Princeton and Quinnipiac for a pair of ECAC Hockey contests Friday and Saturday nights.
▶LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green fell, 8-5, in an offensive contest against St. Lawrence on Saturday night in Hanover. The five goals scored were the most this season by Dartmouth, while the eight goals allowed were also a season high. Five different players netted tallies for the home team with freshman Josh Hartley getting the first of his career.
Dartmouth’s early-season struggles might be the only thing to keep Princeton out of the glare so far this year. At 1-6-0, the Tigers also enter Friday night’s game on a six-game slide. The only win so far this season for Princeton came at Dartmouth’s expense during the season opener in Newark as part of the Liberty Invitational. The 3-2 overtime victory against the Green came despite being outshot, 40-20, and allowing a goal in the final minute of play with netminder James Kruger pulled for the extra attacker. Since then, the Tigers have struggled, dropping six straight, including four in a row against ECAC Hockey teams. Most recently, UMass Lowell made the trip to Hobey Baker Rink on Tuesday night and escaped with a 2-1 win thanks to a power-play goal 15 seconds into the third period. Tucker Brockett, who scored the OT winner on Oct. 25, leads the team in scoring with five points (2g/3a). Sean Bonar (3.22 GAA, .897 S%), the goalie who stole the show in the opener with 38 saves, remains the team’s top netminder.
▶ALL-TIME AGAINST PRINCETON
The second meeting of 2013-14 between these two teams also marks the 194th in the all-time series, the third-most for any Dartmouth opponent behind only Harvard (197) and Yale (209). Dartmouth holds a 93-84-16 overall advantage in those games, but is just 44-47-7 in games played in Princeton, including an 0-1-1 mark at Hobey Baker Rink in the last two seasons.
The Bobcats picked right up where they left off last season when they made it all the way to the national championship game. Quinnipiac is currently ranked fifth in the nation by USA Today and sixth by USCHO, while receiving first-place votes in both polls. At 9-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in ECAC Hockey games, The Bobcats sit atop the conference standings, a spot they have not relinquished since last November. Freshman Sam Anas is off to a stellar start, leading the team with eight goals and 15 points in 11 games. Kellen Jones has 14 points with 10 assists, the third-best mark in the ECAC to this point. Gone is Hobey Baker Award Finalist goaltender Eric Hartzell, but sophomore Michael Garteig has fit in nicely as he ranks second in goals-against average (1.54) and winning percentage (.864) and ninth in save percentage (.919) among all qualifying ECAC goalies.
▶ALL-TIME AGAINST QUINNIPIAC
A newer rival since joining ECAC Hockey in 2005, Saturday will mark just the 21st all-time meeting between the two clubs dating back to October 2004. The Bobcats lead the series, 12-7-1, and have allowed Dartmouth to come into the TD Bank Sports Center and win just twice. One of those wins came in the 2010 first-round series, where Quinnipiac needed a 2-1 Game 3 win to advance after Dartmouth staved off elimination with a 6-3 Game 2 victory.
▶IT’S NOT SO MUCH ME, IT’S NEILEY, HE’S GOOD
Eric Neiley continues his hot start as he netted goals in each game last weekend. His first of the weekend came against Clarkson with a second remaining on a 5-on-4 man-advantage in the second period, tying the game at 2-2. He added another late in regulation the following night against the Saints. In four career games played in the state of New Jersey, Neiley has five goals, including three at Baker Rink, less than hour from his hometown of Warminster, Pa.
▶A WHOLE NEW GAME
In contrast to last season’s struggles on the power play, the Big Green don’t seem to be as troubled this year with the man-advantage as they were in 2012-13. Through six games played, Dartmouth ranks first in the country on the power play at 32.1% (9-28). At this point last season, the Green and White were successful on just 18.4% (4-22) of their man-up chances, ranking 27th in the nation and sixth in the league.
▶TAKE THE CARTRIDGE OUT AND BLOW ON IT
The last time Dartmouth began a season 0-6-0 was in 2009-10. After that slow start, the Big Green rattled off three straight wins against St. Lawrence (3-2), Providence (4-2) and Harvard (6-2).
The Green and White put together a solid offensive effort against the Saints in their last outing, scoring a season-high five goals. In addition to Hartley’s first career tally, Andy Simpson, Brett Patterson, Charlie Mosey and Neiley all netted markers in the affair.
▶DO IT FOR SUPERFAN #99 OVER HERE
He might not wear No. 99, but freshman No. 9 Troy Crema continued to make an impact on the scoresheet in his second home weekend of action. The rookie from Ontario earned his first assist as a member of the Big Green by helping set up Patterson for an up-ice rush in the second period against SLU. The helper was the first for Crema, who already had two goals in his first four games.
▶WRAP-AROUNDS ALWAYS WORK
Both of Neiley’s goals against the Golden Knights and Saints were the result of the junior winger carrying the puck from behind the goal line into a position where he could score in the slot.
▶MANUAL LINE CHANGES
In six games thus far, only twice have the top six forwards been the same for Dartmouth. That instance came in the opening two contests of the season at the Prudential Center when Brandon McNally, Nick Bligh and Eric Robinson comprised one group, while Brad Schierhorn, Tyler Sikura and Neiley made up the other trio. There has yet to be two games with the same 12 forwards grouped together in the same four-line combinations.
▶THIS IS NOT PITTSBURGH/CHICAGO
Friday’s match-up will feature the only two teams in ECAC Hockey without a league win. Although the spotlight might be on Dartmouth, the Big Green actually have better numbers in several statistical categories than the Tigers to this point, including goals per game (2.50 to 2.0), shots on goal per game (30 to 24.29) and power-play goals per game (1.50 to 0.86).
Some of the offense this season has gone through the defense as Andy Simpson ranks tied for first on the team with Neiley in both points per game (1.0) and power-play points (4) and second in total points (5). Sophomore Ryan Bullock is leading all players with four assists (3 on the PP) after setting a new career high with two against SLU. Hartley has also contributed with one point in each of his first games.
▶CHECK THE MANUAL FOR HIS FACEOFF RANKING
Four players have taken at least 70 faceoffs this season with Tyler Sikura’s 126 leading all players. Of those four, three have won more 50% of the draws they taken. Sikura (71/126 – 56.3%), Mosey (42/82 – 51.2%) and Crema (38/73 – 52.1%) have all won more than half with sophomore Nick Bligh (34/75 – 45.3%) the other Big Green centerman.
▶THE ONLY TWO “INTERNATIONAL” TEAMS IN THE GAME
Both Dartmouth and Quinnipiac ventured across the Atlantic Ocean this summer to play games in Italy and Switzerland. The Bobcats made the trip in early August, playing four times in all. The Big Green left later in the month and into September, playing twice against Swiss teams and once in Italy against Ritten Renon. Both teams organized through Eurosport Tours.
▶94+11 GETS YOU BOLDT
Senior Taylor Boldt began the season with 99 career games to his name. He now has suited up in 105 games to this point, having missed just one contest in his first three seasons as he sat out the Dec. 1, 2012 game against Bentley.
▶RON BARR TOLD ME TO WATCH IT
Friday’s game at Princeton can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers. Quinnipiac will stream Saturday night’s game from Hamden for free, live on its YouTube channel.
▶SIM TO NEXT GAME
After this weekend’s road tilts, the Big Green will have a bit of a respite for finals before returning to the ice at home on Saturday, Nov. 30 against Harvard. Following the game with the Crimson, Dartmouth will head out for road contests at Brown, Yale and Union all in less than a week’s span in early December.