Dartmouth Back in Action Saturday Night by Hosting Harvard
Dartmouth (0-8-0, 0-6-0 ECAC) vs.
Harvard (4-5-1, 2-4-1 ECAC)
▶ Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 ▶ 7 PM ▶ Hanover, N.H.
▶ Thompson Arena (4,500)
▶ All-Time Series: 61-125-11 (198th Meeting)
▶ Last Meeting: Mar. 10, 2013 - W, 6-3 (Hanover, Game 3)
▶ Streak: 2-0-0
Radio: WFRD 99.3 (iHeartRadio) / DartmouthSports.com
Play-by-Play: Chris Garrett
Live Stats: DartmouthSports.com
Live Video: IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com
2013-14 Media Materials
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team returns to action Saturday night after a week-long hiatus from game action and will host ECAC Hockey and Ivy League rival Harvard at Thompson Arena. The contest with the Crimson is the only game on tap this weekend for the Green and White.
▶CHaD TOY DRIVE
The team will be hosting its annual CHaD Toy Drive over the course of Friday and Saturday night. Members of the men’s team will be on hand Friday night accepting toys on the concourse during the Dartmouth women’s game against Northeastern. The event will continue Saturday night as the men play host to Harvard with donations continuing to be accepted through the end of the game.
▶WATCH IT, HEAR IT
Fans can watch all the action in high definition by subscribing to the Ivy League Digital Network. All home games will be streamed in HD in a television-quality style broadcast. Fans can also listen to the call of the game on 99.3 WFRD with Chris Garrett providing play-by-play.
▶LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green saw a 3-0 first-period lead slip away at Princeton on Friday, Nov. 14, before mounting a late third-period comeback to force overtime. With just 11 seconds left in the OT period, the Tigers’ Andrew Ammon redirected a point shot into the back of the net for his second of the night for the 5-4 win. Dartmouth would fall, 3-1, the following night at No. 6 Quinnipiac as well.
The Crimson come into the game having knocked off No. 20 New Hampshire Tuesday night in Durham to put their overall record at 4-5-1 this season entering Saturday night’s contest. At 2-4-1 in ECAC Hockey play, Harvard currently sits ninth in the standings, three spots ahead of the Big Green. Against UNH, Kyle Crisuolo scored twice and had three points, while Patrick McNally scored once and added two assists to help the Crimson double-up on UNH despite being outshot, 36-21. So far this season, Crisuolo leads the team in both points (10) and goals (7), while fellow sophomore Brian Hart has a team-best six assists. Junior Steve Michalek and senior Raphel Girard have each started in five games with Girard’s numbers (3-2-0, 1.82 GAA, .947 S%) giving him the slight edge.
▶LAST TIME AGAINST HARVARD
These two teams last played in the first round of the 2013 ECAC Hockey Championship. After Harvard won Game 1, 2-1, with a late goal, Dartmouth would take the next two games and the series. The 6-3 win in Game 3 on Mar. 10 remains the Big Green’s last non-exhibition victory.
▶ALL-TIME AGAINST HARVARD
Saturday’s meeting will mark the 198th in the all-time series between the two teams. Harvard holds a 125-61-11 advantage in those 197 previous meetings. However, Dartmouth was 3-1-1 against Harvard last season, including the two playoff victories.
▶RIGHT THE SHIP
Dartmouth is still in search of its first win of 2013-14 as it dropped both games on its first true road trip of the season at Princeton and Quinnipiac on Nov. 15-16. The 0-8-0 start is the worst for the team since an 0-10-1 start to the 1990-91 season.
▶BACK-TO-BACK FOR THE 1ST TIME
Sophomore Tim O’Brien scored against both Princeton and Quinnipiac, marking the first time in his collegiate career that the Winnetka, Ill., native had managed tallies in consecutive games. Both markers came via breakaways as O’Brien was able to bury his two best scoring chances of the road trip.
▶FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME
Senior Taylor Boldt got the weekend started on the right foot, scoring his second career goal just over three minutes into the contest with the Tigers. For the Niwot, Colo., native, it was the first time finding the back of the net since Nov. 12, 2010 at Clarkson. The goal at Hobey Baker Rink snapped a 101-game drought as his first came in his fifth career game and his second coming in the 107th.
▶PATTY’S PLUGGING AWAY
Sophomore Brett Patterson has already moved from defense to wing to center in just eight games this season. But his versatile style of play has paid off as he ranks tied for second on the team in scoring with five points. His third-period goal at Princeton tied the game with 7:35 remaining and forced OT. As a freshman, Patterson had two goals and five assists, figures he is on-pace to break before the Holiday Break.
Sophomore defender Geoff Ferguson recorded assists in both games of the recent road trip, picking up his first two points of the season. Setting up both Boldt at Princeton and O’Brien with a long stretch pass to spring the forward on a breakaway, Ferguson recorded assists in consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 15-16 of last year in home games against Cornell and Colgate.
For just the second time this season, junior Eric Neiley did not factor on the scoresheet for the Big Green against Quinnipiac. In both instances in which Neiley failed to score a point, Dartmouth was held to just one goal in the game (RPI and Quinnipiac). He was able to set up Brandon McNally’s power-play marker against the Tigers the night before with a perfectly place centering feed.
Dartmouth’s eight games played so far this season are currently tied with Wisconsin (4-3-1) for the fewest amongst all Div. I teams. The Badgers play Minnesota on Friday and Saturday nights meaning that by the time the puck drops in Hanover, the Big Green will be alone as the team with the least game experience in 2013-14.
▶ALMOST No. 1!
After Quinnipiac’s top-ranked penalty killers held Dartmouth to an 0-for-2 showing, the Big Green power play slipped from the No. 1 ranking in the nation to No. 3. Still boasting an outstanding 29.4% success rate with the man-advantage, the Green and White were leap-frogged by Cornell and UConn, who share the top spot with matching 29.6% figures.
Dartmouth has allowed just 225 shots on goal this season, the fewest of any team in the nation. Opponents’ 28.12 shots per game rank 17th.
▶HARVARD HISTORY AT HOME
Dartmouth has only played one opponent (Yale, 209) more than it has played Harvard (197). Of those 197 total contests, just 87 have come in Hanover. The Crimson hold a 52-31-4 mark all-time in games played against the Big Green in the Upper Valley.
▶HARVARD HISTORY AT HOME
Saturday also marks just the second Ivy League game for both teams. The Green are 0-1 with the most recent loss to Princeton, while the Crimson are 1-0 with a win against the Tigers.
▶NEXT TIME OUT
Dartmouth will hit the road once again for a three-game ECAC Hockey road swing in the coming week and a half. Traditional Friday and Saturday games at Yale and Brown on Dec. 6-7 will be followed by a Wednesday night tilt at Union on Dec. 11 to wrap-up the first half of the 2013-14 campaign.