|Game 15||Dartmouth | 4-8-2, 2-4-1 vs. RV Union | 10-10-1, 6-2-0
|When||Friday | Jan. 5, 2018 | 7 PM|
|Where||Hanover, N.H. | Thompson Arena | 4,500|
|All-Time Series||Union | 27-26-7|
|Last Meeting||Feb. 11, 2017 | L, 8-3 | Hanover|
|Game 16|| Dartmouth | 4-8-2, 2-4-1 vs. Rensselaer | 3-13-3, 2-5-1
|When|| Saturday | Jan. 6, 2018 | 7 PM
|Where||Hanover, N.H. | Thompson Arena | 4,500|
|All-Time Series||RPI | 46-39-5|
|Last Meeting||Feb. 10, 2017 | W, 2-1 | Hanover|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM | PBP: Rob Kennedy|
|Stream||vs. Union | vs. Rensselaer|
|Live Stats||CollegeHockeyStats.net | DartmouthSports.com|
|Social|| Twitter: @Dartmouth_MIH
|Game Notes||Dartmouth (PDF) | Union | Rensselaer|
|Program||Devin Buffalo Cover|
|Tickets||Dartmouth Ticket Online Office | 603-646-2466|
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team is back home for its second of three straight home weekends, playing host to Union and Rensselaer.
LAST TIME OUT
The Big Green are coming off a 1-0-1 weekend at the Ledyard Classic.
• Dartmouth knocked off in-state rival New Hampshire, 3-1, in the first game thanks to a pair of goals from freshman Matt Baker just 92 seconds apart in the opening period and the first career goal from classmate Quin Foreman in the second.
• In the championship game the following night, Dartmouth officially played to a 2-2 tie with No. 17 Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs would claim the team title with a 2-1 shootout victory.
• Ranked 19th in the national polls a week ago, a pair of losses at Omaha have dropped the Dutchmen outside of the top-20 this week.
• Union dropped its second game of the season to UMass in the final tilt before the winter break, making their current skid three after the 5-1 and 5-3 losses against the Mavericks.
• The team actually started 0-5-0 and then followed it up with five straight wins and nine of the next 11 (9-1-1) to get into the national conversation.
• Junior Brett Supinski leads the team with 22 points and 16 assists. Senior Ryan Scarfo and sophomore Anthony Rinaldi are tied for the team lead with 10 goals each.
• In goal, Jake Kupsky has played 13 games, but is 3-8-1, while freshman Darion Hanson has played in four fewer games, but boasts a 7-2-0 record.
AGAINST THE DUTCHMEN
• For the second consecutive year, Union swept the season series in 2016-17, including an 8-3 win in Hanover on Feb. 11.
• The Big Green last beat the Dutchmen on Jan. 31, 2015 as part of its 2014-15 season sweep. They remain the only two wins against Union since the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
• After a pair of ties at Ohio State to open the season, the Engineers have fallen on tough times under first-year head coach Dave Smith.
• RPI has just three wins in 19 games played (3-13-3), but have managed to secure two of those victories against ECAC foes Quinnipiac and Yale. Another tie on the road at St. Lawrence and the team has five points in the league standings, the same number as Dartmouth.
• Sophomore Jacob Hayhurst leads the team in goals (7) and points (13), while a trio of players are all tied for the lead with nine assists.
• In goal, freshman Linden Marshall has narrowly edged junior and Red Wings draft pick Chase Perry in terms of playing time. Marshall has one more win than Perry and numbers that are slightly better than his veteran counterpart.
AGAINST THE ENGINEERS
• Dartmouth is currently on a five-game win streak against Rensselaer and has not lost at home to their conference rivals from Troy, New York, since November 2013.
• Although the win-loss mark heavily favors the team in green the last three years, the games have been uncomfortably close. Dartmouth has three one-goal and two two-goal wins in the current stretch. To find a game separated by more than two goals either way and you’ll need to go back to Game 1 of the 2014 ECAC Hockey first round series in Troy in which the Engineers won, 4-1. Dartmouth then won Game 2, 3-2, and a shocking come-from-behind victory in the third and decisive game, 5-4.
GIVING THE BEST HE’S GOT
• Since returning from an injury that sidelined him for five weeks, Devin Buffalo has been one of the best goalies in the nation.
• His 143 saves are the most in the nation since his Dec. 15 return at Denver. His .947 save percentage is fourth amongst goalies with at least three games played.
• In that same stretch, Buffalo has posted a 1.97 goals against, the fifth-best mark by a starting netminder.
THE YOUNG GUYS STEPPING UP
• Dartmouth’s last 10 goals have all come from underclassmen.
• Freshmen Baker and Foreman accounted for all three tallies in the UNH win, while sophomores Charley Michalowski and Shane Sellar scored both goals in the tie with 17th-ranked UMD.
• Sophomores Cam Strong, Will Graber and Sellar (twice) and rookie Collin Rutherford accounted for all five goals in the win at the Mile High City.
• Only Minnesota State’s underclassmen have matched that goal scoring output (10) since mid-December. And only Northern Michigan’s sophomore class has equaled Dartmouth (6).
• If we’re going to label the Denver trip as the turning point of the season, then that’s where we will continue to start looking at streaks.
• Since then, only two underclassmen from across the nation have scored more times than Shane Sellar’s three: Nick Halloran of Colorado College and Northern Michigan’s Darien Craighead (who has a hat trick to his credit).
SPEAKING OF STREAKS
• Sellar’s linemates Will Graber and Foreman are currently each riding three-game point streaks¬¬, which are tied with Corey Kalk for the longest by a Dartmouth player this season.
• Both Graber and Foreman have scoring lines of 1-2-3 in their respective stretches.
• The Sellar-Graber-Foreman (5-6-11) line is the only other line besides the Warpecha-Kilistoff-Michalowski (6-8-14) to post double-digit scoring totals together.
ECAC AND IVIES THE REST OF THE WAY
• With the conclusion of the Ledyard Classic, Dartmouth has no more non-conference games remaining on its schedule.
• Only Princeton, Colgate, Cornell and Dartmouth are the ECAC Hockey teams done with all of their non-conference regular season games.
• Including this weekend, the Big Green have 15 games remaining before league playoffs. Five of those remaining games will count against both ECAC Hockey and Ivy League standings.
WAIT… WE DIDN’T DO WHAT?
Dartmouth went unpenalized against Minnesota Duluth, making the first time doing so since a 3-3 tie at home against Colgate on Nov. 16, 2007.
With Union falling out of the rankings this week, Dartmouth will see its stretch against nationally ranked opponents come to an end after four straight. Dartmouth defeated No. 2 Denver and then No. 16 UNH for its first back-to-back wins against ranked teams since knocking off No. 7 Yale in consecutive tilts in the quarterfinals of the 2016 conference postseason.
THAT WAS FAST!
Charley Michalowski got the Big Green on the board just 24 seconds into the game against No, 17 Duluth.
• Dartmouth’s fastest goal last season came from Kevan Kilistoff at Quinnipiac on Nov. 11 when the then-sophomore scored 1:01 into the game. Kilistoff picked up the second assist on Michalowki’s tally against the Bulldogs.
• The last time the Big Green scored a goal in the opening minute of a game was at home against Yale on Nov. 7, 2015 when Jack Barre scored 55 seconds into the contest.
• All Dartmouth home games this season will be carried live and in HD on the Ivy League Network. Road games played at Brown, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale will also be streamed on the network for subscribers.
• Fans can also hear all 29 regular season contests live on 94.5 ESPN on their radio dials (94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM) or online. Rob Kennedy has stepped into the broadcast booth full time this season as the Voice of Big Green Men’s Hockey.
• Those looking for live updates and in-game insights can follow the team’s official Twitter account: @Dartmouth_MIH.
The Green and White remain home next weekend as they take on Quinnipiac and Princeton on Jan. 12-13