Women's Hockey Returns Home for Weekend of Conference Action
Dartmouth Big Green (1-4-0, 1-3-0 ECAC Hockey/0-1-0 Ivy) vs.
Colgate Raiders (3-9-0, 1-5-0 ECAC Hockey)
Friday, Nov. 15 - 7 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
Dartmouth Big Green (1-4-0, 1-3-0 ECAC Hockey) vs.
No. 3 Cornell Big Red (7-0-1, 5-0-1 ECAC Hockey/1-0-0 Ivy)
Saturday, Nov. 16 - 4 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
After back-to-back conference road weekends in the Empire State, the Dartmouth women’s hockey team returns to Hanover and Thompson Arena to face Colgate and No. 3 Cornell in ECAC Hockey action, Nov. 15-16. Last season, the Big Green went 0-1-1 in the Upper Valley versus the Raiders and the Big Red. This year, the Green and White are 0-2-0 at home. In 2012-13, head coach Mark Hudak’s squad was 7-2-4 inside Thompson Arena. In league play, Dartmouth was 6-2-3 in front of its home crowd.
The Big Green were swept in a road weekend in the North Country for the second straight season, falling to No. 6 Clarkson, 3-0, in the opener and to St. Lawrence, 4-1, in the finale. Versus the Golden Knights, the team from the Upper Valley was shut out for the second time this season. Dartmouth mustered just 11 shots on goal and Clarkson goaltender Erica Howe turned aside every one. The loss was the fourth straight versus Clarkson for Dartmouth. In the finale, St. Lawrence scored two goals in a 22-second span with less than a minute remaining in the first period. Dartmouth fought back, but couldn’t overcome a three-goal deficit. In the third period, freshman Mackenzie St. Onge scored her first career tally as she intercepted a pass in the high slot and fired a shot past Saints goalie Carmen MacDonald.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
The Raiders enter with a record of 3-9-0 overall and 1-5-0 in conference play. Last weekend, Colgate went 1-1 on the road versus Union and RPI. In the opener, the Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 triumph against the Dutchwomen and in the finale, the
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Colgate and Cornell this weekend, Nov. 15-16.
Engineers shut them out, scoring a 3-0 win. Miriam Drubel leads the offensive attack for Colgate with a team-high five goals and four assists. Between the pipes, a trio of goaltenders have seen action this year for the Raiders with Brittney Brooks seeing a majority of the action in league tilts.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
The Big Red won the Ancient Eight title and the ECAC Hockey regular season and tournament championship a year ago and have once again started strong this season. Cornell enters in first–place in ECAC Hockey (5-0-1) and is the lone team to not suffer a setback in league play. The potent Big Red offense leads the league with an impressive 4.75 goals per game. They have 11 power-play goals so far this year and lead the league converting just over 30% of their man-up opportunities. Emily Fulton leads all ECAC Players with 19 points while Killian Saulnier has a conference-best nine markers. Not to be outdone, senior Jessica Campbell has 12 assists to lead the league. In net, Lauren Slebodnick is 7-0-1 with a 2.03 goals-against average and save percentage of .921.
Dartmouth is 0-2-1 in its last three games with the Cornell. All three of those contests have gone to overtime and have been decided by a goal or less. Dating back to November of 2011 all four tilts have been decided by one tally. Against the Big Red, Dartmouth has scored a goal or fewer in three straight. It’s more of the same against Colgate, with the last three games decided by a goal or less. Conversely, versus the Raiders the Big Green are 2-0-1. Dartmouth is riding a 10-game unbeaten streak versus Colgate, going 8-0-2, dating back to February of 2009 when the Raiders took the opening game of a three-game ECAC Hockey Tournament series.
RANK AND FILE
Heading into the game with No. 3 Cornell, 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 and are 0-3 this season. 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 freshmen 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 just one this year. Of the 20 players on the roster, 13 are underclassmen, as senior co-captains 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 35 games of her collegiate career the Kleinburg, Ontario, native has nine tallies and a team-leading 17 assists. Stacey has six career multi-point games, including one this season. She is currently second on the team with a trio of assists and leads in points with four. Her 22 points last season were the most for a first-year player for the Big Green since Camille Dumais in 2009. In fact, Stacey’s 26 points are the most in a career of any player on the roster. Another sophomore looking to produce is Lindsey Allen. The Toronto, Ontario, native leads the team this year with three goals and two power-play markers.
Dartmouth has scored first in four of its seven games. A year ago, the team was 11-2-2 when scoring first. Twice this season the team has surrendered second period leads and once they’ve given up a third period lead. Last year, the team was 15-0-1 when leading after two periods, this year they are 1-1-0.
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, who leads the team with four assists, look to see plenty of action on the blueline while Chemago adds depth at the goaltending position.
WITH THE MAN-ADVANTAGE
Dartmouth’s power play has scored a goal in four games this season. The Green have gone 4-for-30 in 2013-14 with the man advantage and rank eighth in the conference with a power-play percentage of 13.8. Lindsey Allen has scored a pair of goals when a man up, freshman Katy Ratty has one and Karlee Odland netted the game winner versus RPI for the other special-teams goal. Last weekend, The Green and White struggles when a man up, going 0-for-9.
The Green and White’s penalty killers have started the season on a strong run, killing 32-of-34 penalties over the first seven contests. They currently rank second in the conference when a man down, killing 94.3% percent of their penalties. The special teams ranked third in ECAC Hockey last season, killing 87.9% of opponents’ man-advantage opportunities in 2012-13. Last year, they were the fourth-most penalized team in the league with 320 penalty minutes through 31 games. Through seven games, the Big Green have 74 penalty minutes. Laura Stacey netted the team’s first short-handed goal in over a year, breaking out and finishing to give Dartmouth a two-goal lead in the third period against Rensselear.
600 & COUNTING
Last season’s 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 197 of those triumphs.
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.
LAST YEAR VS. COLGATE
Last season, Dartmouth was 1-0-1 against Colgate, skating to a 2-2 tie in Hanover while earning a 3-2 victory on the road. In Hanover, the team traded goals in each of the first two periods before Holdcroft and Ashlynne Rando took over, as each held the opposition scoreless over the final period and in overtime. In Hamilton, Dartmouth scored the first three goals and held off a late Raider rally to escape with a 3-2 win.
LAST YEAR VS. CORNELL
In 2012-13, the Big Green went 0-1-1 against Cornell in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League play. In Hanover last season, Laura Stacey opened the scoring in the first period, but Cornell would respond with a marker in the second. In overtime, Jillian Saulnier tallied the game winner with just under 90 seconds left in play. In the finale, both Holdcroft and Slebodnick played well, stopping every shot they faced in a 0-0 tie.
Dartmouth is 30-5-3 all-time against Colgate and 20-5-3 under Hudak. The Big Green are 41-27-7 all-time versus Cornell, while posting a 13-7-2 mark under Hudak.