Dartmouth Big Green (2-7-0) vs.
Northeastern Huskies (6-9-1)
Friday, Nov. 29 - 7 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. – Thompson Arena
Dartmouth Big Green (2-7-0, 2-6-0 ECAC Hockey/0-2-0 Ivy) vs.
No. 6 Harvard Crimson (7-1-1, 6-1-1 ECAC Hockey/1-0-1 Ivy)
Sunday, Dec. 1 - 3 p.m.
Cambridge, Mass. – Bright Hockey Center
The Dartmouth women’s hockey team returns to the ice after a one-week layoff during exams to wrap-up a three-game homestand on Nov. 29, welcoming non-conference Northeastern into Thompson Arena. The Big Green conclude the weekend with a Sunday matinee versus Harvard in Cambridge. Last season, the Green and White went 0-3-1 versus the Crimson and 0-1 against the Huskies. At home this year, Dartmouth is 1-3-0 and 1-4-0 on the road. 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 a year ago.
LAST TIME OUT
Two weeks ago, the Big Green returned to the Upper Valley after a four-stop road trip, going 1-1 at home versus Colgate and Cornell in ECAC Hockey action. In the opener, the Green and White skated to a 2-1 victory against the Raiders. The triumph was the first for Dartmouth in front of its home crowd in 2013-14 and ran the program’s unbeaten streak to 11 games (9-0-2) versus Colgate. In the finale, No. 3 Cornell scored a pair of goals late in the first period to break a 1-1 tie. With the two-goal cushion, the Big Red held off a late Dartmouth rally to escape with a 4-2 win. Sophomore’s Lindsey Allen and Catherine Berghuis scored in each of the games as Allen now has a team-high five goals.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Northeastern enters with a record of 6-9-1 overall and 3-4-1 in conference play. Last weekend, the Huskies went 1-1 on the road versus Vermont in Hockey East action. On the road this year, Northeastern is 4-6-1, having dropped three-of-its-last four. Against ECAC Hockey teams in 2013-14, the Huskies are 2-2, picking up 2-1 victories versus Union and Rensselaer. Offensively, Katie MacSorley and Kelly Wallace lead the team with 13 points. MacSorley has netted a team-best nine markers, while Wallace has a team-high six helpers. Special teams have played a key role in the success and failures for Northeastern. The Huskies have scored five power-play goals this year and have allowed 18 on the penalty kill. Opponents have scored power-play tallies in five straight contests against Northeastern. Between the pipes, Chloe Desjardins has seen action in 15 games this year, recording all six of the team’s wins. Desjardins boasts a .912 save percentage with a 2.68 goals-against average.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Since dropping its conference road opener at Rensselaer, Harvard has gone 5-0-1. On their home ice, the Crimson are 4-0-1 this year and have earned at least a point in eight straight games dating back to last season. Harvard leads the conference with a penalty kill percentage of 97.8, having successfully thwarted 45 of their opponents 46 power-play opportunities. The potent Crimson attack is second in ECAC Hockey in goals per game with 2.78, while also ranking second in goals against, averaging just over one score per contest. Harvard has a balanced offensive attack with six players registering six or more points thus far in 2013-14. Sophomore Miye D'Oench leads the squad with four tallies while Sarah Edney and Samantha Reber are tied with a team-best five helpers. In net, Emerance Maschmeyer is 6-1-1 with a 1.24 goals-against average and save percentage of .956. The reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year has also registered a trio of shutouts this year.
ON THE BRINK
The Big Green are approaching some milestones as Hudak has 198 wins and counting as the team’s head coach. Lindsay Holdcroft has 49 career triumphs in net for Dartmouth and is looking to become the fifth goaltender in program history to earn 50 victories. Holdcroft has made her mark on the program, ranking in the top-five all-time in saves, save percentage, games, goals-against average and wins.
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 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 Lindsey Allen. The Toronto, Ontario, native leads the team this year with five goals, three of which were power-play markers. Allen has scored in back-to-back games and is coming off a two-point performance (1g-1a) versus Cornell. After scoring just one goal as a freshman, Catherine Berghuis has burst on the scene in 2013-14, potting a trio of goals. Like Allen, Berghuis also scored in both games two weeks ago. When the winger nets a goal this season, the Big Green are 2-1.
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. Ratty, St. Onge and Ottenbreit have all found the back of the net once through the first nine contests.
WITH THE MAN-ADVANTAGE
Dartmouth’s power play has scored a goal in five games this season. The Green have gone 5-for-39 in 2013-14 with the man advantage and rank seventh in the conference with a power-play percentage of 13.2. 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 went 1-for-9.
The Green and White’s penalty killers have started the season on a strong run, killing 39-of-41 penalties over the first eight contests. Last time out, Dartmouth struggled against a potent Cornell attack allowing a trio of power-play goals. The Green currently rank third in the conference when a man down, killing 89.1% 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 nine games, the Big Green have 96 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 Rensselaer.
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.
RANK AND FILE
Heading into the game with No. 6 Harvard, 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 0-4 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.
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. NORTHEASTERN
Last season, Northeastern edged Dartmouth, 3-2, in overtime in Matthews Arena. Both of Dartmouth’s goal-scorers from that tilt have graduated and Holdcroft stopped 26 shots in a losing effort. The Big Green battled to tie the game in the third period before Kendall Coyne netted the game winner just over two minutes into overtime.
LAST YEAR VS. HARVARD
In 2012-13, the Big Green went 0-3-1 against Harvard in ECAC Hockey and Ivy League play. In Hanover last season, Laura Stacey and Lindsey Allen scored as the teams skated to a 2-2 tie. In Cambridge it was a different story as the Crimson eliminated Dartmouth from the playoffs, winning the series, 2-0. In three contests in the Bay State, the Big Green were outscored, 13-0. Dartmouth hasn’t scored a goal at Harvard in the last nine periods.
Dartmouth is 27-8-3 all-time against Northeastern and 1-1-0 under Hudak. The Big Green are 44-40-4 all-time versus Harvard, while posting a 7-16-2 mark under Hudak.