Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 | 7:00 PM
|Opponent||Brown | 4-19-2, 3-14-1 ECAC
||Yale | 10-10-5, 6-8-4 ECAC|
|Location||Providence, R.I.||New Haven, Conn.|
|Arena||Meehan Auditorium||Ingalls Rink|
|Last Meeting||1.21.17 | L, 4-3 (OT) | Hanover||1.20.17 | L, 7-0 | Hanover|
|Radio||WTSL 94.5 FM/1400 AM (ESPN Radio)|
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The Dartmouth men’s hockey team heads out on the road for the final time in the 2016-17 regular season with a pair of league games this weekend. The Big Green will head to Brown on Friday and then Yale on Saturday evening.
LAST TIME OUT
Dartmouth began last weekend with a 2-1 win against visiting Rensselaer, but stumbled the following night with an 8-3 defeat at the hands of No. 6 Union.
- The Bears are currently 12th in the ECAC Hockey standings with seven points thanks to a 3-14-1 record. Brown’s last win and its only victory of the second half of the season was a 4-3 OT win in Hanover on Jan. 21. Since, the team has gone 0-5-1.
- Junior and Penguins draft pick Sam Lafferty leads the team in scoring with 30 points and in assist with 20 helpers. Charlie Corcoran has a team-best 14 goals, while yet to record a penalty this season.
- Freshman Gavin Nietro has taken over as the team’s starting netminder, getting the nod in goal in 22 of the 25 games played. His numbers are near the bottom of league goalies, though, as he boasts a 3.73 goals against average and an .883 save percentage to go along with a 3-16-1 record.
- The Bears are a minus-41 in regulation this season, but a plus-1 in overtime periods thanks to their win in Hanover.
- The Bulldogs are pretty much even across the board this season with a 10-10-5 overall mark and a 6-8-4 record in ECAC games.
- Yale is averaging 2.96 goals for per game, while allowing the exact same figure as the Bulldogs and their opponents each have 74 goals this year.
- The team’s power-play has been steady, scoring at a clip of 20.4 percent (23-113), the fourth-best mark in the league this season.
- Sophomore Joe Snively leads the team with 30 points and 20 assists (posting the exact same scoring line as Brown’s top scorer Lafferty), while John Hayden’s 16 goals are the most on the roster.
- Senior netminder Patrick Spano has played twice as many games as freshman Sam Tucker and has an 8-5-4 record to show for his 1,000-plus minutes in goal. Spano has a .909 save percentage and a 2.54 goals against average with one shutout.
AGAINST THESE TWO TEAMS
- YALE: Spano’s one shutout came courtesy of a 7-0 game in Hanover on Jan. 20. That game remains the most lopsided contest between ECAC Hockey teams this season and was highlighted by a career night for Charlie Curti who finished the night with two goals and two assists for the Bulldogs. In all, six Yale players notched multiple points.
- BROWN: Head coach Brendan Whittett earned his first victory at Thompson Arena as the Bears’ bench boss with the January OT victory. A former Big Green assistant coach between 1998 and 2009, Whittett had been 0-8-0 in returning to Hanover before captain Andrew Doane’s first of the season came 2:34 into the sudden-death frame. Troy Crema scored a pair of goals in the game, including the tying marker to force OT with just 1:33 remaining in the third.
IN THE STANDINGS
Dartmouth is on the outside looking in right now at home ice in the first round of the postseason. One point back of eighth-place Princeton in the standings, the Big Green have four games and a possible eight points to make up ground with the playoffs just two weeks away.
- There is a logjam between the top four teams and programs battling for positions between sixth and 10th.
- Union (27), Harvard (26), Cornell (25) and St. Lawrence (25) have pulled away slightly from the rest of the pack with Quinnipiac sitting fifth (21).
- Clarkson (18), Yale (16), Princeton (15), Dartmouth (14) and Colgate (14) are all separated by just four points for the three other home ice spots in the first round if one were to assume Quinnipiac would retain fifth.
- RPI (8) and Brown (7) are battling to avoid last place and have split the season series with each winning their home game against the other.
|Record||Regular Season Finish|
- ^ means the team will finish better than this playoff spot
- X means the team cannot win this playoff spot
- 50% - probability the team will win this playoff spot - green number indicates the team controls its destiny for this spot
- 50% - probability the team will win this playoff spot - red number indicates the team does not control its destiny for this spot
- * denotes first round bye in the post season conference tournament
- ** denotes first round home field advantage in the post season conference tournament
TWO FOR HARTLEY
- For just the second time in his career, senior Josh Hartley found the back of the net twice in a game, doing so at the expense of Rensselaer on Feb. 10.
- It was the first time since Dec. 30, 2013 during his freshman year that Hartley scored twice in a game, matching his output from a wild 8-8 contest against Northeastern in the Ledyard Classic Consolation Game.
- The second goal slid into the empty net from roughly 160 feet and proved to be the game winner as RPI scored in the final seconds to cut the deficit to 2-1.
TWO FOR CREMA
- Troy Crema scored twice in the third period of the Union game, his fifth two-goal game of the season.
- The only other time Crema has scored two goals in the same period previously this season was another two-goal third at Rensselaer on Jan. 14.
- The senior and Toronto native has eight multi-point games this season, the most on the team with Will Graber’s five coming in second.
TWO FOR GRABER
- Will Graber dished out a pair of assists in the Union game for his fifth multi-point game of the year.
- Of those five games, three have come thanks to two or more assists with his three helpers against Harvard on Jan. 17 still the standard this season by a Dartmouth player.
Hartley’s unassisted empty netter versus RPI was also the first shorthanded goal of the season for the Big Green. With Tim Shoup in the box for a trip, Hartley fired the puck the length of the ice and into the empty net for a goal that checked off an extra attacker, shorthanded and game winner.
For the first time in his Dartmouth career, senior Grant Opperman played on the blueline last weekend. Opperman was joined by fellow forward Graber on the back end.
- Both made contributions to the scoring as Opperman had one assist against RPI (and other one taken away after a goal was reviewed and overturned). Graber then added two assists against the Dutchmen.
An injury to Connor Yau against Harvard on Feb. 3 led to the sophomore missing both games last weekend and necessitating the move to bring Opperman back. Yau is expected to return to the lineup on this road trip.
Despite losing by five and trailing 8-1 at one point to Union, eight of Dartmouth’s 18 skaters in the game finished either even or plus. Of the 10 players who were a minus in the lopsided defeat, only one was more than a minus-1 (Hartley/-2). This was the result of Union’s 4-for-5 effort on the power play.
Since 2000, Dartmouth has played 17 games at Meehan Auditorium against Brown with Friday’s game marking the 18th trip this century. In those outings, the Big Green are 11-4-2 and have won six of the last seven dating back to 2011.
BACK AT THE WHALE
In that same stretch, the Big Green are 11-9-0 in New Haven against the Bulldogs. One of those 11 wins was at the New Haven Coliseum on Nov. 17, 2001, give Dartmouth 10 wins at Ingalls Rink in the last decade and a half. However, the Green are on a two-game win streak in new Haven after sweeping second-seeded and seventh-ranked Yale in last season’s ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. Connor Yau scored an OT winner in Game 1 (4-3) and Charles Grant ’16 shut the door with a 46-save regulation performance for the 2-1 Game 2 victory.
DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
The Big Green trailed by as much as seven in last week’s game against Union. The New England Patriots trailed the Atlanta Falcons by as many as 25 points, but completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history by winning in OT thanks to scoring 31 straight points to end the game.
- Both of this weekend’s games will be carried live on the Ivy League Digital Network for subscribers to the league’s video streaming services.
- Dartmouth men’s hockey games will now be carried on ESPN Radio WTSL 94.5FM/1400AM this season. Adam Giardino will handle play-by-play duties this weekend.
- Fans are encouraged to follow the team’s official Twitter account for in-game updates and insights: @Dartmouth_MIH.
The Green and White will wrap up the 2016-17 regular season next weekend at home with games against St. Lawrence and Clarkson at Thompson Arena. Both games are set for 7:05 p.m. start times. Information regarding Dartmouth’s first-round opponent will be announced following the conclusion of the Clarkson game.
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