| 1st Round
|| No. 5 Dartmouth | 13-14-2, 11-10-1 vs.
No. 12 St. Lawrence | 7-25-2, 3-18-1
|Game 1||Friday | March 2, 2018 | 7 PM|
| Game 2
||Saturday | March 3, 2018 | 7 PM|
| Game 3 (If needed)
||Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 5 PM|
|Where|| Hanover, N.H. | Thompson Arena | 4,500
|All-Time Series||SLU | 60-37-3|
|Last Meeting||Feb. 17, 2018 | W, 3-1 | Hanover|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM | PBP: Rob Kennedy|
|Stream||Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3|
|Live Stats||CollegeHockeyStats.net | Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3|
|Social|| Twitter: @Dartmouth_MIH
|Game Notes||Dartmouth (PDF) | St. Lawrence|
|Game Program||The Timber Line|
|Tickets||Dartmouth Ticket Office|
The Dartmouth men’s hockey team begins its pursuit of the Whitelaw Cup as the champion of the ECAC Hockey postseason tournament at Thompson Arena this weekend. The fifth-seeded Big Green will play host to 12th-seeded St. Lawrence in a best-of-three series beginning Friday. A deciding third contest will be played Sunday at 5 p.m. if the teams split the first two games.
• The Big Green defeated Yale, 6-4, in Ingalls Rink on Friday to complete the first season sweep of the Bulldogs since 2005-06.
• That year, Dartmouth actually went 4-0-0 against Yale with a season sweep and a two-game sweep in the postseason.
• In the final game of the 2017-18 regular season the following night in Providence, Brown posted a 3-0 shutout of the visiting Big Green. Sophomore Adrian Clark got the start in goal, stopping 24 shots, including four with dramatic flare.
THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
Outside of the Big Green-Saints match-up in Hanover, there are three other first-round series also happening this weekend across the league. Additionally, Cornell (1), Union (2), Clarkson (3) and Harvard (4) earned the top-four spots and the bye week and await the first-round winners to determine their opponents.
2018 First Round Series
No. 12 St. Lawrence at No. 5 Dartmouth
No. 11 Rensselaer at No. 6 Colgate
No. 10 Brown at No. 7 Princeton
No. 9 Quinnipiac at No. 8 Yale
Union (2), Princeton (7), Yale (8) and Rensselaer (11) are all the same seed in the 2018 postseasons as they were in the 2017 tournament.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
• St. Lawrence is the 12-seed after a 3-18-1 ECAC Hockey record and an overall mark of 7-25-2.
• The Saints dropped their last five regular season games and have just one win in their last eight (1-7-0). But don’t be fooled as four of those seven losses have been by just a single goal with the other a 3-1 defeat at Thompson to Dartmouth just two weeks ago where the Big Green scored the winner in the final minute and added an empty netter for insurance in the waning seconds.
• Senior Mike Marnell leads the team in goals (10) and points (20), while Nolan Gluchowski’s 17 assists are the most by any St. Lawrence player in 2017-18.
SWEPT THE SAINTS
• Dartmouth took both games from St. Lawrence this season for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.
• The Big Green took the contest in the North Country, 3-2, back on Jan. 19 thanks to a third-period power-play goal from Alex Jasiek.
• In the most recent game just two weeks ago, Dartmouth capped the sweep with a 3-1 come-from behind third-period victory. Trailing 1-0 heading into the third period, freshman Collin Rutherford scored midway through the final frame and then again with 58.6 seconds remaining for the game winner. Quin Foreman added the empty netter with just 7.2 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.
TOURNAMENT PLAY AGAINST THE SAINTS
• This weekend marks St. Lawrence’s first ever trip to Hanover for a postseason match-up.
• The two have only met in one previous postseason series: the 2012 first round that Dartmouth won in two games in Canton. That series marked the first time the Saints had ever been swept at home in the playoffs.
• Dartmouth and St. Lawrence have met in the postseason two other times: the 2001 semifinals in Lake Placid and the 2007 third-place game in Albany with the Saints winning both.
PLAYOFF HOCKEY AT THOMPSON!
• The Big Green will open up the postseason at home for the 13th time in head coach Bob Gaudet’s 20 seasons.
• This weekend mark’s the 25th all-time postseason series for the Green and White (14-10) and the 13th at home. In the 12 previous home playoff series, Dartmouth is 11-1 with the lone loss coming in 2009 when RPI (11th) swept the Big Green (6th) in a first-round series.
• Since that loss, the team is 4-0 in series played at Thompson Arena with the 2016 three-game first-round series against Colgate marking the last time the team played at home in the postseason. That series ended on a Tim O’Brien double-overtime game winner to send Dartmouth on to the quarterfinals. At 84:37, it was the fifth-longest game in program history.
• Dartmouth’s Quin Foreman became the first freshman since Hugh Jessiman to record a hat trick when he did so at Yale last Friday.
• Foreman scored three times in the first two periods and picked up an assist for a four-point effort.
• Jessiman’s second hat trick of his freshman season came on Jan. 25, 2003 at home against Rensselaer, finishing the game with three goals and two assists for five points.
• Foreman’s hat-trick goal also resulted in the eventual game winner, becoming the first player since Brad Schierhorn to notch a GWG on his third goal of the night on Mar. 4, 2016. Schierhorn’s third came in OT of Game 1 in the first-round series against Colgate.
“THE TIMBER LINE”
• The trio of Foreman, Shane Sellar and Will Graber continue to roll as the top line combined for 10 points at Yale.
• Sellar scored the first goal of the game and would go on to dish out two more assists for three points.
• Graber registered three assists in the contest, tying his career high set last season in an 8-4 home win against No. 6 Harvard.
• The trio now makes up the top-three scorers for the Big Green this season with 22 (Graber), 20 (Sellar) and 17 (Foreman) points, respectively.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
• For the third straight week, a Dartmouth player was honored with a conference award.
• On Wedneday, the league office announced that Foreman had been named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week.
• Sellar (Player) and Devin Buffalo (Goaltender) had each earned conference accolades the previous weeks.
• Foreman joins classmate Matt Baker who was also named the ECAC’s top rookie on Jan. 23 after a two-goal performance at then-No. 2 Clarkson.
TURN IT AROUND
• A 1-0 loss to Denver on Dec. 15 dropped Dartmouth to 2-8-1 overall. Since then, the team is 11-6-1, which is the second best mark in ECAC Hockey behind only Cornell (13-2-2).
• Dartmouth was 0-6-1 on the road after that Dec. 15 loss at Denver. Since then, the team is 5-2-0 on the road for the fifth-best winning percentage in the nation (.714), while its 3.57 goals per road game also ranking fifth among all DI teams.
• Since the 5-4 comeback win at Denver on Dec. 16, only five teams in the country have more wins than the Big Green’s 11: Minnesota State (14), Cornell (13), Northern Michigan (12), Mercyhurst (12) and Bowling Green (12).
• On his 23rd birthday, played on the 23rd of February, No. 23 Clay Han scored his first goal of the season. Combined with his two assists, he now has three points this season (1-2-3).
• Matt Baker and Ben DiMaio both had birthdays days before (Feb. 21), but since Dartmouth didn’t play on that day, neither had opportunities to score like Mr. Han did.
AS THE 5-SEED
• Dartmouth has played 84 total ECAC Hockey postseason games.
• Of those 84, 20 have come as the No. 5, three more than the next closest figure at any particular seeding (No. 3: 17).
• The Big Green have been the No. 5 seed in two of the previous five seasons: 2013 and 2015. In 2013, No. 12 Harvard took Game 1, 2-1, only to fall to the home team in the ensuing two contests, 4-1 and 6-3. The 2015 first round saw Dartmouth sweep 12th-seeded Princeton, 3-2 and 2-0. The Tigers had actually been in Hanover the weekend before in the penultimate game of the season and had lost 3-1, giving them three defeats in Thompson Arena in an eight-day span.
WELCOME BACK MR. 300!
• Head coach Bob Gaudet ’81 won his 300th game behind the Dartmouth bench thanks to a 3-2 victory at home against No. 7 Clarkson on Feb. 16, joining US Hockey Hall of Famer Eddie Jeremiah ’30 as only the second coach to reach the milestone in Hanover.
• His two wins since move him to within six of Jeremiah’s program record of 308.
SOLID IN GOAL DOWN THE STRETCH
• After an injury early in the season hampered his first half, Buffalo has returned to the lineup and been strong.
• Since his return to the crease on Dec. 15 in Denver, Buffalo ranks second in the league in wins (10), only one back of Cornell’s Matthew Galajda. His 16 starts and games played are the most of any netminder in the conference during that stretch.
• This season, Buffalo’s 12 wins are fourth in the ECAC and two more than he had in his entire career before his senior season.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
• Goals: Shane Sellar | 10
• Assists: Will Graber | 14
• Points: Will Graber | 22
• Plus-Minus: Shane Sellar | +9
• Game-Winning Goals: Shane Sellar, Matt Baker, Kevan Kilistoff (2)
• Blocks: Brendan Demler (44)
• Power-Play Goals: Alex Jasiek (4)
• Power-Play Points: Alex Jasiek (6), Corey Kalk (6)
• Shots on Goal: Corey Kalk (97)
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ST. LAWRENCE CONNECTIONS
• Long-time SLU head coach Joe Marsh served as the interim head coach for the Dartmouth women's hcokey team this season.
• Dartmouth's equipment manager is a member of the St. Lawrence Class of 2017 and served in a similar capacity during his four years in Canton. He wants you all to know he went to SLU.
• This weekend and throughout the entire ECAC Hockey postseason, live video stream of games will be carried live via Boxcast and ECAC Hockey. Single-game purchases cost $9.95.
• Just as all 29 regular season games had been, radio broadcast of all postseason games will be carried live on 94.5 ESPN on radio dials (94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM) or online. Rob Kennedy will be in the broadcast booth 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 5-12 match-up is the only postseason series where both teams know who they will play if they were to win the series and advance. A Dartmouth win means the Big Green head to Cambridge for a quarterfinal series with No. 4 Harvard. A St. Lawrence upset would send the Saints to Ithaca for a date with top-seeded Cornell.
|Game Notes||Game Program|