|| No. 5 Dartmouth | 15-15-2 vs.
No. 4 Harvard | 13-12-4
|Game 1||Friday | March 9, 2018 | 7 PM|
| Game 2
||Saturday | March 10, 2018 | 7 PM|
| Game 3 (If needed)
||Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 5 PM|
|Where|| Cambridge, Mass. | Bright-Landry Hockey Center | 3,095
|All-Time Series||Harvard | 135-63-13|
|Last Meeting||Feb. 2, 2018 | L, 4-1 | Hanover|
|Radio||ESPN Radio 94.5 FM/1230 and 1400 AM | PBP: Rob Kennedy|
|Stream||Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3|
|Television|| NESN (All 3 Games)
|Live Stats||CollegeHockeyStats.net | Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3|
|Social|| Twitter: @Dartmouth_MIH
|Game Notes||Dartmouth (PDF) | Harvard|
|Tickets||Harvard Ticket Office|
The fifth-seeded Dartmouth men’s hockey team heads to Cambridge this weekend for an ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal match-up against fourth-seeded Harvard. The entire series, including a possible third game, will be carried live on NESN.
The Big Green advanced to the quarterfinals thanks to a three-game series win against St. Lawrence last weekend in Hanover.
• GAME 1: Dartmouth got goals from Shane Sellar and Kevan Kilistoff in the final minutes of the second period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win to take the series opener.
• GAME 2: The Saints and Big Green headed into the third period tied at 2-2, but a Ryan Lough power-play goal halfway through the final frame and an empty-net tally with 1:12 was enough to see the visitors pull even in the series.
• GAME 3: Another close game ended in Dartmouth’s favor with a 2-1 victory. Senior Corey Kalk picked up an assist on Will Graber’s second-period power-play goal and then scored on a beautiful end-to-end rush in the opening minutes of the third for the game winner.
THE PLAYOFF PICTURE
• The first round of the conference tournament nearly held true to the league standings as all but one of the higher seeds advanced. No. 9 Quinnipiac was the lone lower seed to move on as they took down cross-town rival No. 8 Yale in New Haven.
• No. 7 Princeton swept No. 10 Brown, while No. 5 Dartmouth and No. 6 Colgate needed three games each to dispatch No. 12 St. Lawrence and No. 11 Rensselaer.
2018 ECAC HOCKEY QUARTERFINALS
No. 9 Quinnipiac at No. 1 Cornell
No. 7 Princeton at No. 2 Union
No. 6 Colgate at No. 3 Clarkson
No. 5 Dartmouth at No. 4 Harvard
• This weekend will mark the first-ever postseason game in Cambridge for Dartmouth.
• The two programs have met six previous times in postseason play with four coming on neutral ice and the previous two times in Hanover during the first round (2013) and quarterfinals (2011).
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
• Thanks to an 11-8-3 mark in ECAC Hockey play this season and 25 points, the Crimson finished fourth in the standings and earned the final first-round bye.
• Harvard begins the postseason as the league’s defending champion and seeking its third title in the last four seasons (2015, 2017).
• Leading the way up front is junior, Bruins draft pick, First-Team All-Ivy League selection and US Olympian Ryan Donato. One of the best players in the nation, Donato leads the team in goals (22) and points (33) this season despite missing four games to play in the Olympics last month, where he scored five goals for Team USA.
• In net, it will most likely be senior Merrick Madsen and his 8-8-4 record, 2.18 goals against average and .923 save percentage. Junior Michael Lackey (4-4-1, 2.72, .899) has seen time in 10 games this season and has a shutout, but Madsen is the netminder who backstopped the Crimson to last year’s Frozen Four and league title.
AGAINST HARVARD THIS YEAR
• Harvard swept Dartmouth in the season series, winning its opener, 5-0, in Cambridge on a Sunday night in late October.
• The two teams met last month in Hanover with the Crimson taking a 4-1 win away from Thompson Arena with them. Donato and Wiley Sherman (ENG) scored in the final minutes of regulation to turn a 2-1 game into the final result.
AGAINST HARVARD IN THE POSTSEASON
• This will mark the third series played between the Big Green and Crimson with the previous two instances coming in 2011 and 2013 and both in Hanover. The home team came away winners in three games both times.
• Dartmouth and Harvard met four times in a six-year span between 2001 and 2006 in either the semifinals or third-place game. Harvard won each of those single-elimination games.
• After RPI (15) and Colgate (14), Harvard is the Big Green’s third-most played postseason opponent with 10 total games and all coming since 2001.
2001 | No. 5 vs. No. 3 Harvard | Third-Place Game
2003 | No. 3 vs. No. 2 Harvard | Semifinals
2004 | No. 4 vs. No. 6 Harvard | Semifinals
2006 | No. 1 vs. No. 4 Harvard | Semifinals
2011 | No. 3 vs. No. 10 HARVARD | Quarterfinals
G1: L, 3-2
G2: W, 2-1/OT
G3: W, 4-3
2013 | No. 5 vs. No. 12 HARVARD | First Round
G1: L, 2-1
G2: W, 4-1
G3: W, 6-3
TOTAL: 4-6 | HOME: 4-2 | ROAD: 0-0 | NEUTRAL: 0-4
• Dartmouth improved to 15-10 all-time in postseason series.
• The Big Green are 12-1 in series played at Thompson Arena.
• The win on Sunday improved the team’s all-time record in Game 3’s to 8-3.
• In Game 3’s played inside Thompson Arena, Dartmouth is 7-0 all-time.
• Dartmouth’s lone Game 3 win on the road came at Rensselaer in 2014 when it was trailing 4-2 going into the third period and came away 5-4 victors.
• The Big Green are 16-3 all-time in the quarterfinals when the games are played in Hanover. However, Dartmouth is 3-15 when playing on the road in the quarters. Two of those wins came in 2016 when the 7th-seeded Green swept No. 2 Yale en route to its most recent Lake Placid appearance.
• Dartmouth has won at least one playoff round in seven of the last eight seasons. Last year’s first-round exit at Yale is the only instance in that stretch where the Big Green did not advance.
• Corey Kalk’s goal in Game 3 proved to be the difference and propelled the Green and White to the next round.
• For Kalk, it was his sixth of the season and first in the third period all year. The senior and Maple, Ontario, native had scored five previous goals in 2017-18 with each coming in the first period.
• Five of his six goals have also come at home with the lone road marker coming at Colgate on Nov. 11.
• Will Graber had a point in each of the three games with the Saints, registering an assist in the first two and then scoring on the power play in the decisive contest. For his efforts, Graber was named the DartmouthSports.com Male Athlete of the Week.
• Shane Sellar scored the tying goal late in the second period of Game 1 with Graber and Quin Foreman picking up the helpers. He added an assist on River Rymsha’s goal in Game 2.
• Foreman’s lone point of the weekend was the result of gloving down a clearing attempt at the blueline and passing to Graber whose shot was stopped and then knocked into the net on a Sellar rebound bid in Game 1.
• If ‘The Timber Line’ is the trio that people expect to contribute offensively, Dartmouth got timely goals from other places against SLU.
• Senior defensemen River Rymsha notched his first goal in nearly two years when he crushed a rebound into the net late in the second period of Game 2. Rymsha’s last goal came in Game 1 of the 2016 quarterfinal round at Yale on March 11.
• The other Game 2 score for the home team came just 2:32 into the contest off the stick of Ryan Blankemeier. The sophomore had one goal this season prior to Saturday night’s tally and it came at Holy Cross on Oct. 27 in the team’s 2017-18 opener.
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• Senior Devin Buffalo picked up his first playoff victory on Friday and his first series win on Sunday.
• The Dartmouth netminder posted a 1.69 goals against average in the three games against St. Lawrence to go along with a 9.32 save percentage.
• His 14 wins this season are the most by a Dartmouth netminder in a single campaign since James Mello 12 went 17-9-3 in 2011-12.
• Buffalo also finished fourth in the fan voting for the 2018 Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
• Blocked Shots: Dartmouth blocked 43 shots last weekend, most of the eight ECAC Hockey teams in action.
• This season, the Green and White rank third in ECAC Hockey and 16th nationally in blocks per game (13.78). Harvard is sixth in ECAC and 22nd nationally (13.38).
• The Big Green are the least penalized team in the country, averaging just 7.50 PIMs per game.
• That number drops even more since the start of 2018 as Dartmouth has averaged 5.72 minutes of penalties per game since January. The next best figure is Union at 7.13 per game, nearly a minute and a half more than the Green.
THE TURNING POINT
• Dartmouth’s turning point of the season can be traced to the start of the second period of the Dec. 16 game at Denver. Turning a 3-0 deficit into an eventual 5-4 win against the No. 2 team in the country helped transform a 2-8-1 team into one of the hottest teams in the country.
• Including that win at Magness Arena, the Big Green are 13-7-1 (.643). The 13 wins are the fourth-most of any team in the nation and tied for the most by any ECAC Hockey team with Cornell.
• This weekend and throughout the entire ECAC Hockey postseason, live video streams of games will be carried 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.
• This weekend only, all three games will be carried live on NESN for those with the cable package.
• Those looking for live updates and in-game insights can follow the team’s official Twitter account: @Dartmouth_MIH.
A series win this weekend will send either Harvard or Dartmouth to Lake Placid next week to play in the ECAC Hockey semifinals on Friday with a chance to play for the league crown next Saturday at 7:30 at Herb Brooks Arena.